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
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, […]
Fueled by frustration and a manuscript of unpublished culinary essays with recipes, I spent two years writing letters to agents.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
A bitter wind had blown somewhere else that morning, and sun bounced off remnant glaciers hanging in the valleys across Kachemak Bay.
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