Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

The seventy-something guy seated next to me on my flight from Philadelphia to Fort Myers, Florida last month peered at the spine of my book and guffawed at the title. “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking?” he snorted. “I didn’t know they had any food to cook over there!” It’s an easy, obvious joke toContinue reading “Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky

I loved a lot of things about the apartment I found on Changle Road in October 2012. It was in the heart of the French Concession, surrounded by excellent restaurants and lovely tree-lined streets. It got a ton of sunlight (too much, sometimes!) and had the biggest closets of anywhere I’ve ever lived. The couchContinue reading “A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky”