.Gretchen Giles

Feb 12, 2014

A People’s Primer for Homemade Pasta

When Leon and I went on our first trip to Italy last year, we accompanied a group of other PBS-loving strangers on a two-week...
Jan 8, 2014

Burrata, Borracho

Saturday morning at 10am: Leon and I are drunk. Don't get me wrong. We're often quite sober at 10am, no matter the day of the...
Oct 9, 2013

Breath of Life

Dispatch from The Life You Should Have Had: Become an architect, join Apple as an evangelist, transfer to their 3D printing team, quit, do...
Sep 25, 2013

Want Some Figs?

It's 9am on a late summer morning, and Leon and I are out in the backyard woefully examining our garden's fecund bounty. "Hey, there," a...
Sep 4, 2013

The History of Thinking

Entering Mark Perlman's West County home is like entering a small art gallery. His own large, luscious abstract canvases—clothed in the signature encaustic wax...
Jul 17, 2013

Butter Heaven

And so it was revealed to us that a new restaurant had opened in Healdsburg, but Leon and I had not yet dined there....
Jul 3, 2013

Gone West

The North Coast painter Peter Onstad has a story he likes to tell. It was Nov. 22, 1963, and he and a friend were...
Jun 26, 2013

Mad for Eames

You know how it is sometimes when Mad Men's plot begins to drag but you're not ready to stop watching though you are ready...