Sunday, April 30, 2017

About Tod

Get ready to dig in to my archaeological mystery, Ground Truth. When Scottish archaeologist Jamie Walker accepts a summer gig as treasure hunter for hire, his colleagues are sure he's about to lose much more than he'll ever find, starting with his reputation and probably his job. In this speculative archeological mystery, Walker and his longtime friend and fellow Edinburgh University lecturer Ian Mackenzie find themselves where no self-respecting scientists willingly go: Oak Island in Nova Scotia, site of two centuries of real treasure hunting failure and death. The island may hide pirate treasure, Shakespearean manuscripts, or nothing at all, and Walker becomes uncomfortably aware that rather than the find of a career, he may simply face flameout. Just how hard should he work to find answers that, even if they exist, may be best left in the past?

To get a sense of Jamie, take a look at his blog, Forbidden Digs.

Photo:  Ryan Smith
for thetrustees.org
I also write about food, wine, organic gardening, travel, and family from a practical, budget-oriented perspective.  After hearing me evangelize about the fun of pulling carrots, making bread, or a Rhone that tastes like charcoal, my friends sometimes accuse me of being overly romantic.  That observation is probably true.  In my defense, these days the simple things feel more important than ever.

I am the author of several books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series, including  20-Minute Meals, 5-Minute Appetizers, 30-Minute Meals, Quick & Easy Low Carb Meals, and my favorite, Cooking for Guys.  That title serves up cooking inspiration and humor for kitchen-shy guys, has been mentioned in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and can be found on shelves from Boston to Sydney. Here's my Bookstore.

  Somewhere in the midst of these food-oriented projects, I
  became an enthusiastic (oh all right, obsessive) consumer of   
  local and organic produce.  I increasingly focused my
  food writing on local food, and I have watched with delight as this kind of eating has become more and more popular.  I was fortunate to be featured in a recent issue of Special Places magazine in an article that helps make the case for eating local. We're all recognizing that cheap food is not necessarily a good deal! 

I provide recipes and content for the Powisset Farm CSA (part of The Trustees of Reservations), and other organizations devoted to supporting local food.

On the decidedly more indulgent side, I created over a hundred Restaurant Recipes for the Phantom Gourmet television show. The Phantom crew filmed these epic dishes in my kitchen west of Boston.

Examples of my published work (a few are links)

Food and Wine

     

Travel, Family & Lifestyle

              
     

Television

                                                                     
                                                                           

I love photography almost as much as I love to write.  Much of my work features my images.

I am a member of GrubStreet, a creative writing center in Boston; and a member of The Writers’ Loft, a non-profit writing community in Sherborn, MA. I earned my BA from Union College, and my MBA from the University of Edinburgh. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bookstore

Bookstore

wine knowledge

My books have appeared in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, Reno Gazettte-Jounal, and others.

Most recently published...




Food and wine writer Tod Dimmick is the author of five books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series. The critically acclaimed Guide to 20-minute Meals has gone to multiple printings. His  Guide to 5-Minute Appetizers is a must-have kitchen reference for those who love to entertain but have limited time. His Guide to Cooking for Guys, with cooking inspiration and humor for kitchen-shy guys, has been mentioned in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and can be found on bookstore shelves from Boston, MA, to Sydney, Australia. Tod's writing and photography has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Cape Cod Life, Ambassador Magazine, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, and The Boston Globe.  His Quick and Easy Low Carb Meals is "Low Carb", but the focus is all on health through choosing the right tasty ingredients. Tod's latest book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less, was just published.

The links below will take you directly to my books on Amazon.
 20 Minute Meals  5-Minute Appetizers
Cooking for Guys Quick and Easy Low Carb Meals

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome

Here you'll find:

For the cook:  Practical guidance from a seasoned (get it?) food writer and cookbook author.  I love simple, flavorful, elegant dishes that use seasonal, local foods.  Take a look at the Wine Minute, and at the recipes on Pinterest, and tell me what you think!

For the wine lover:  Subscribers tell me they want practical wine buying information. With the info here, you’ll know how to find wines you like - which is not the same thing as wines with a high rating!  You'll know how to find the best values on restaurant wine lists, and what to serve with that local roast chicken.  This knowledge builds on more than recommendations - just because I love a wine doesn’t mean you will.  So along with reviews, you’ll find the back story; context to enable you to find wines you love, at prices that fit your budget.

My recipes run an insane range - from healthy and local for Powisset Farm (part of The Trustees of Reservations), to indulgent for the Phantom Gourmet television show.  This range inspires culinary riffs - for every oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookie I quest after its alter ego - say whole grain stevia-sweetened double chocolate chunk cookies.  It's an obsession.  Just ask people who have to live with me.

Back to wine.  Topics I cover range from “Say What?” (an appreciation of unusual varietals), and “The Zen of Zin”, to  review of new organic wines. I’m passionate about wine as a part of a meal with family and friends, so my posts always include a recipe to go with that glass.  Give us a try, and people will ask, "How do you always know just the right wine to buy?!"  
A stew of my favorite wines, recipes, and food news simmers in my blog.