Our brand-new Instant Pot Book

We've written THE Bible for every model of Instant Pot. Yep. Every. Model. Including the new Max machines. The recipes are written so that you can use whatever buttons you've got. They're written so about a third of them can be used with EITHER the pressure cooker or the slow cooker mode. They are 350 of them--including some of the most innovative "road map" recipes you've ever seen. And the book is priced to sell. Check. It. Out. Here. (Or by clicking the cover of the book for a link.)

Our Class For Aim Healthy U!

We're so exicted to announce our new class with Aim Healthy U! It's all about SHORTCUT COOKING. We've partnered with the folks at Clean Eating Magazine and at Vegetarian Times and we promise to get you in and out of the kitchen faster while cooking delicious, clean meals. Click this link for the course. And put in the discount code of MARK50 to get fifty dollars off the enrollment fee. We'll be with you every step of the way: in the videos as well as in Q & As online. We can't wait to meet you! Let's get cooking.



Bruce's first knitting class! It's all about a combination technique for purling in Continental knitting that will get you knitting faster than you can believe. Click here.

We're so proud of our pressure-cooker class, one of the most popular classes on craftsy. Click here. Bruce works with a stovetop cooker; Mark, with an electric one. Along the way, they make incredible meals: glorious chicken soup, a crazy-cheesy casserole (in 5 minutes!), an Italian-inspired stew, and even (yes) cheesecake.

To get a discount on Bruce's Craftsy cooking class, click here. And you'll learn how to be a better cook in 7 simple lessons. He covers the differences between low temperature and high temperature roasting, stove top and oven braising, as well as pan frying, sauteeing and making amazing pan sauces. The recipes along the way include a Southwestern Braised Brisket and Skillet Rib Eye Steaks with a buttery chipotle tomato sauce.


Our newest. 500 recipes. Every one, for calibrated for both stovetop and electric machines. Multiple sell-outs on QVC. Lots of recipes, lots of fun.

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Vegetarian Dinner Parties WINNER OF THE 2015 IACP PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD!

Join us as we explore the culinary possibilities of vegetables without any health or ethical claims. (Although if you're a vegetarian, we've got your back! Over half the recipes are vegan, to boot.) Go ahead. You want to throw a dinner party. And you want to see these recipes. They're some of the best we've ever crafted.

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Oblong Books in Millerton, NY (one of our local stores)

Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA (another local store)

Join Us!

We want to cook for you! And it can happen. Please join us at one of these fun events.

We've recorded a full class on shortcut cooking for Aim Healthy U! You can cook along with us. We're there to answer questions. We've got a zillion shortcut tips. I mean, you need this. Here's a link to get you registered in the class! Use the DISCOUNT CODE BRUCE50 to take fifty bucks off the price of the class.


Do you know why you're not using your slow cooker enough? Because up to two-thirds of the recipes in any given book aren't written for your model size! But we took care of that. With over 500 recipes, we've written a book that sizes out every one for almost every size of machine. And it's not just math. We've done the testing and worked out the ratios. You gotta see it to believe it.


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or independent booksellers.

Our Whole Grains Book

We move whole grains to the center of the plate! Experience whole grains, not as nutritional wonders, but as culinary superstars. Click on one of the links below to buy the book:



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    Here are the poems that go with my podcast, LYRIC LIFE. There are links to hear them on various platforms below. Or you can just click this player and listen to the podcasts here. The link at the top for "more episodes" will take you through the complete list. But scroll down to see more.


    The Remains of the Night

    I'm not sure what's my favorite part of a dinner party. The anticipation? Setting the table? The day spent prepping the food? Or the meal itself? The hours at the table? Or the afterglow the next day?

    Yeah, maybe that part: what remains. As we clean up, we always line the wine bottles on top of the fridge--and then leave them there for several days, a remembrance of things past. Proust had his madeleine. Last night, the eight of us apparently had our champagne. And much more.

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    The Extroverts Won

    About a week ago, I left the house to lead one of my book groups. I headed for our Honda Hybrid. I usually do. It's got the iPhone jack, so I can cue up music for the ride.

    I got in, got situated, got plugged in--and stopped. There sat the old Jeep next to me. With no jack, no fancy outlets, no GPS, and a bum radio, to boot.

    I hauled my things out of the loud car and into the other one. I then rode for an hour in utter bliss: down twisting roads, past small farms, and in silence.

    Likewise, this blog has gone quiet lately--enough that many of you have sent me messages to ask if everything's okay, if something's happened. Thank you for that.

    Silence happened. Well, that and other things. Bruce had some nasty surgery. In the meantime, we've been trying to finish a 700-recipe book that's due on 12/30. And there's been publicity for our whole-grain book. Plus the continual business of writing a column for weightwatchers.com. And a spate of feature articles. You know: life.

    Which isn't twitter. Or facebook. Or maybe even a blog.

    What I'm about to say may have a whiff of those vaunted sour grapes, rotting on the vine. But I'm trying to figure out how the way I practice this old-world skill--writing long-form prose--can make it in this new-fangled world of constant words. Of too many words. Of incessant words. Of so many extroverts.

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    I've been debating whether to write this post for a while. Not sure it does much good. But maybe it needs to be written. If only so the words are on the page.

    I want to start out with this: Bruce and I have a wonderful life, one I couldn't have dreamed I would ever live. After a long time in New York City together, we have a house in a very quiet New England town. We have made good friends up here and love the clear air, the peace that comes at night, when the owls sing us to sleep.

    But lately, we've had some written assaults tossed at us, mostly because of our sexual orientation. Not by anyone we know, anyone who lives around us. I can say without a doubt that our town has been more welcoming than I could have believed. And indeed, I wish I could say these assaults were direct, face to face. Instead, they're snarky barbs online. The most public are in the amazon reader comments. And they've gotten a little out of control. Yes, we get the random email every few months from someone with an ax to grind. But the intensity and fervor have become more pronounced.

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    The Important Things Come Back

    Let's face it: it's easy to lose so much. We all edit details, events, moments, thoughts. We condense them into the story of the life we're telling ourselves. So much slips away. Sometimes, for the better. The unimportant dissolves, trickles off--and good riddance. But I've found that what's significant returns. Often years later. And in ways we can't imagine.

    Lately, I've been doing more than writing cookbooks and researching food articles. I've been teaching literature. It's a bit of a throwback, a return to my days as an academic. And it feels, well, strange--mostly because it feels like coming home.

    I lead the book group at the library in Norfolk, Connecticut. (If you want to find out more, click here.) It's mostly a discussion group--and almost always lively. Lately, we've spent eight weeks reading George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH--one meeting every two weeks, taking the big book in four chunks. At our last meeting, I heard several people say the most amazing thing: "I don't want this to end."

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