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The Bookworm chronicles

Nicole Spiridakis, a San Francisco-based journalist, is the passionate cook behind the stove at Cucina Nicolina, and this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. A copy editor at a private financial news wire service, Nicole contributes frequently to the San Francisco Chronicle's Home and Garden section. As a freelance writer in Washington, DC, before returning to California, she wrote features for the Reuters wire (notably, on cold-water swimmer Lynn Cox of "Swimming to Antarctica" fame, and Aron Ralston, the Colorado climber who survived a harrowing experience trapped in a Utah canyon). You never know where Cucina Nicolina will take you -- to Greece, to the farmers' market, on a hike or a barbeque -- but you'll always end up with food, and a good book to read. What's better than that?

UPDATE. Nicole recommended:

  • Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
  • Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution
  • The Whole World Over
  • Crescent: A Novel
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Would you like to be a Bookworm in the Pantry and add to our collective library of good reads?

Start here.

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Yes, there's nothing better than ending up with food and a good book to read.


Gosh, I would love to be a freelance writer. What a groovy lady you've brought to our attention. :)

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