My two years living in London changed everything. This was before you could listen to the BBC on NPR or online. The BBC plus the British Library plus the Hampstead Heath plus all the Nineteenth Century novels I hadn’t read — well, opened up my mind and heart. This essay came out of that time, […]
A bitter wind had blown somewhere else that morning, and sun bounced off remnant glaciers hanging in the valleys across Kachemak Bay.
Categories: Place/Gardens • Tags: Alaska, Homer Alaska, Ilana Panich-Linsman, Kachemak Bay, literary essays, natural world, nature, Pacific Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, the Literary Gardener
Pectin makes it all possible. Pectin is one of God’s best ideas, purveyed in fruity packages. No question: God intended us to have jellies and jams and marmalade. This is why I take my marmalade straight, by the spoonful . . .
Categories: Food • Tags: 17th century cookbooks, countess of kent, culinary essays, english food history, english marmalade, food essays, food history, food writers, food writing, frank cooper's marmalade, marmalade, Paula Panich, pectin, the Literary Gardener, the writing disorder
NB: Reprinted (so to speak) from the Summer 2013 Eden, the quarterly journal of California Garden and Landscape History Society, www.cglhs.org. Photo: Staci Valentine, from: David Mas Masumoto, Marcy Masumoto, and Nikiko Masumoto, The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm (10 Speed Press, 2013) The Perfection of the Peach: An Interview with Mas […]
He’s often compared to Thoreau and John Muir. Words describe him: scientist, professor, environmentalist, forester, ecologist. But his writing — and his astonishing ideas — rise above all description. Aldo Leopold was born in Iowa in 1887 and died fighting a grass fire on a neighboring farm, in Wisconsin. 1948. He had just become an […]
John Fowles, the great English novelist, published, in 1979, a complicated essay called “The Tree.” It was reissued in 2010, in this country anyway, with an introduction by Barry Lopez. I will refer to it as The Tree, as it is a pretty little book. If you don’t recall the novels of John Fowles, you […]
In 1873, this powerful painting by Alfred Bierstadt, “Donner Lake from the Summit,” was unveiled to public acclaim in San Francisco. Here’s my essay, for the Foundation for Landscape Studies, telling the tale of how this painting came to be. http://www.foundationforlandscapestudies.org/blog_preview/essay_by_paula_panich.php
Fueled by frustration and a manuscript of unpublished culinary essays with recipes, I spent two years writing letters to agents. Silence. Only one wrote back with regrets: She hadn’t heard of M.F.K. Fisher. Fit to be tied, I swore I’d never write again. Then I thought: The literary magazines! Why not make a game of getting published? […]
A Recent Talk to the Piedmont, Calif. Garden Club: My husband said just as we were seated in a restaurant: I heard someone on NPR talking about M.F.K Fisher. He had that slightly surprised look he gets when there’s news from my world that didn’t come from me. Yes – he said – the guy […]
Categories: Place/Gardens • Tags: California, California cuisine, California landscape, culinary essays, culinary writers, Food, food essays, food writing, Hemet, literary nonfiction, MFK Fisher, Paula Panich, Piedmont Garden Club, Southern California Mountains, St. Helena, the Literary Gardener