Cowpeas, revisited

Cowpeas, revisited

Chengdu, China. January 21, 2014 Most of this post is taken verbatim from this very site from over 6 years ago – July 2007. At the time I was involved in an inner city community garden in Washington, DC, where it was a constant battle against the elements and the fauna – particularly the rats and squirrels. That seems so long ago. I’ve since spent two years in Bulgaria and am now living in Southwestern China, where, if you look hard...

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A much-needed update to my blog, with apologies…

January 17, 2014 Beijing Yes, smoggy Beijing! It has been so long since I’ve posted on my blog. My life the past 6 months has been a little crazy: in July we left Bulgaria to go to the States to get our visas straightened out for the next episode in our lives: 3 to 5 years in Chengdu, China! While in the States, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon about some problems I had been having with my knee, only to have him not only suggest knee...

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John’s Work & Products

John’s Work & Products

About me and my work and my products: I am the author of Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking (Bantam,1992; signed copies of the 20th Anniversary Edition now available from me on my website), The New Southern Cook (Bantam,1995; paperback, 1997), Hoppin’ John’s Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah (Clarkson Potter, 1997), and The Fearless Frying Cookbook (Workman, 1997). My work has appeared in journals and reviews in...

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Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John

The following article appears in the Winter 2011 Issue of Gastronomica, and is based on a lecture I gave at the first Beans + Rice conference at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Deconstructing My Namesake by John Martin Taylor             In 1985 I was apprenticing with Nach Waxman at his Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York, preparing to open my own culinary bookstore...

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January 2007

January 2007

January 2007   I always begin the New Year by having friends over on New Year’s Day for the traditional Charleston menu, which spread inland from that port city and became a tradition throughout the South. Here are Joe Yonan, the Food Editor of The Washington Post, and Ari Shapiro, who reports on the Justice Department for NPR, at our house on New Year’s Day. Since my sobriquet is “Hoppin’ John,” I always...

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