Food & Drink

Food and foodways are a major interest for me as a Southerner. I have had a part in the making of more than 50 cookbooks, including as a co-author. Here are some selected examples:

Riso: Undiscovered Rice Dishes of Northern Italy by Gioetta Vitale with Lisa Lawley

The earliest written reference to rice cultivation in Italy dates from the fifteenth century, but rice probably was introduced to Italy in the tenth century, most likely as a result of the Saracen invasion. These marauding Arabs brought to Sicily and the mainland some of their favorite foods, including citrus fruits, sugar cane, and almonds. The history of rice--the edible seeds of an annual grass--is considerably older than its first appearance in Italian cuisine, possibly even older than wheat.

Medicine, Health & Science

Some academic and popular works I've copyedited or written:

About Malaria

Malaria is a serious illness. It is generally most dangerous for children and pregnant women. Mosquitoes are not the cause but the carrier (vector) of malaria. Certain mosquito species inject a tiny parasite into the human bloodstream when they bite. The malaria parasite attacks the liver and, in some cases, the nervous system and brain, particularly if the disease is not treated promptly. Muthaiga Pediatrics recommends a two-step approach to malaria prevention for all families living in or visiting areas of East Africa that are less than 2,500 feet above sea level.

Adopting a Child in Kenya

All children benefit from the regular health monitoring provided by Muthaiga Pediatrics. If a child's health records and/or history are incomplete or unknown, as is often the case with adoption, then such screenings may take on an even greater importance. By catching and treating a child's health challenges at an early stage, when therapies can be most effective, Muthaiga Pediatrics can help you secure the long-term health of your new son or daughter. If, as is most likely, your adoptive child is perfectly healthy, the whole family will enjoy greater peace of mind as you continue to bond.

Academic & More

Memoir, beauty, architecture,business, lifestyle, sociology, psychology: I'm ready to tackle these topics and more as an editor or researcher.

Secrets of Success for Architects in China: Insights from the Men and Women Who Built Modern China by Gavin Crombie

The people who have built, and continue to build, modern China are an incredibly diverse group. Architects literally have come from all over the globe to contribute to China’s most dizzying design decade by creating brand-new skylines that have sprouted like concrete rainforests throughout the last ten years. These architects, both men and women, on the whole have successfully navigated the labyrinthine bureaucracy of China. They’ve dealt with deadlines that would seem unachievable anywhere else in the world and seen their practices grow at the same astonishing rate as the rest of China. As a result, most have enjoyed their experience in China and come out of this last decade with a startling sense of accomplishment.

Conservation

I've enjoyed working on conservation topics in multiple ways: as author and researcher as well as copyeditor, on projects as diverse as an illustrated children's book and a ground-breaking multi-author collection of academic essays.

Authored by me

Examples here include an illustrated book that I researched and wrote, a ghostwriting project, and ebooks that I designed and wrote on commission, using several different design and publishing platforms.

Elephants: A Battle for Survival by Lisa Lawley

The elephant's tusks, greatly coveted by humans, are by far longer and more elegant those of the few other animals that also have them. And the elephant's flexible, endlessly useful trunk, a lithe appendage that is nose and lip combined, has no equivalent feature in any other animal. Yet the stately elephant sports on its ample backside a skinny little flywhisk of a tail. Improbable as the elephant's parts are, the whole is a creature of consummate dignity, or of wicked hilarity, depending upon the individual elephant's mood and personality. In addition to its superb equipment for managing the physical environment, the elephant is keenly intelligent and emotionally complex in a way that resembles no other animal so much as man.

Riso: Undiscovered Rice Dishes of Northern Italy by Gioetta Vitale with Lisa Lawley

The earliest written reference to rice cultivation in Italy dates from the fifteenth century, but rice probably was introduced to Italy in the tenth century, most likely as a result of the Saracen invasion. These marauding Arabs brought to Sicily and the mainland some of their favorite foods, including citrus fruits, sugar cane, and almonds. The history of rice--the edible seeds of an annual grass--is considerably older than its first appearance in Italian cuisine, possibly even older than wheat.

Adopting a Child in Kenya

All children benefit from the regular health monitoring provided by Muthaiga Pediatrics. If a child's health records and/or history are incomplete or unknown, as is often the case with adoption, then such screenings may take on an even greater importance. By catching and treating a child's health challenges at an early stage, when therapies can be most effective, Muthaiga Pediatrics can help you secure the long-term health of your new son or daughter. If, as is most likely, your adoptive child is perfectly healthy, the whole family will enjoy greater peace of mind as you continue to bond.

About Malaria

Malaria is a serious illness. It is generally most dangerous for children and pregnant women. Mosquitoes are not the cause but the carrier (vector) of malaria. Certain mosquito species inject a tiny parasite into the human bloodstream when they bite. The malaria parasite attacks the liver and, in some cases, the nervous system and brain, particularly if the disease is not treated promptly. Muthaiga Pediatrics recommends a two-step approach to malaria prevention for all families living in or visiting areas of East Africa that are less than 2,500 feet above sea level.