My name is Laurie and I am a writer and teacher. I live in Los Angeles with my husband and my son who is learning how to cook by way of Alice Waters’ Fanny at Chez Panisse. This is ostensibly what this blog is all about, but really it is about family and travel and loss and everything that occurs to me as I am writing about my son learning how to cook.

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and I have lived in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, London (3 separate times), San Francisco/Berkeley and now LA. I play several percussion instruments, mainly the Senegalese sabar and the talking drum.

My favorite pastime is cooking for people I love and then sitting around for hours eating, drinking and talking. Spontaneous bursts of live music are a big plus.

Here are a couple of articles I have written that have nothing to do with food:




  1. I stumbled onto your blog by way of Ashley singing “small boats” and posting on FB.
    I too have a son that loves to cook, and likes to clean up less. Well done, both on the bread baking and the writing; your blog is a real pleasure to read! I’ll check back again.
    Carry on… starter really did start something, eh? best, Susan

  2. i’m late getting started but, I want to get into animation and came across your guide, Breaking Into the Film and Television Industries. Wanted to learn more about what you are currently doing and found your blog–so coolll. Can’t wait to read more afireinmymouth.

    I have many ideas to work on. One being a photo memoir of my parents. Dad was a Tuskegee Airman and my mom insisted on adopting a hairless, tee shirt wearing orphan.

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