By Risa Nye It’s hard not to give in to the urge to use the onion as a metaphor when writing a story that centers on onion rings. But the truth is, The Ringmaster tells a many-layered story that resembles nothing so much as an onion in that it begins by telling one story which […]
By Risa Nye A fine layer of ash drifted through an open window on a recent windy night, covering my desk and keyboard with a reminder, as if I needed one, of the fires that still burn in the Bay Area and beyond. How timely, then, to view Wilder than Wild, a documentary by producer/director […]
By Risa Nye Labor Day weekend, 2017. Once again, into the San Juan mountains for several days of sitting in the dark watching movies. The 44th Telluride Film Festival began with the usual excitement and buzz, mixed with the uncertainty of what was to come. Some folks already had the inside scoop about screenings, but […]
by Risa Nye What does someone who writes about spirits and cocktails do when she goes out of town? As it turns out, she visits a distillery. Call it a busman’s holiday. But a recent trip to Los Angeles involved a trip to the Greenbar Craft Distillery, where my fellow tasters and I learned the […]
A sampling of cocktails from the Greenbar Craft Distillery.
a book review by Risa Nye Alice Medrich, who introduced the chocolate truffle to an eager America many years ago, wrote a stunning cookbook that introduces a variety of innovations to traditional baking: all the recipes in her book, Flavor Flours (Artisan Books, Nov. 2014), utilize non-wheat flours.