Mandy Aftel: How to Cook with Essential Oils


In perfumer Mandy Aftel’s home, she keeps a drawer stocked with some of the sprays from her line of culinary essential oils.

I have an interview with Mandy Aftel, America’s grand dame of natural perfuming, up at Zester Daily. When I spoke with her back in January, I was most interested in learning how you go about incorporating essential oils into cooking. She has some great tips for experimenting with essential oils in the kitchen. I’ve started using basil oil and black pepper oil in place of those spices and herbs in some preparations to great effect. Do you have any recipes where you prefer the oil over the spice? I’d love to hear about it.

Come learn how to write a book proposal at Terroir


So I’ve been crazy busy helping to plan this year’s Terroir Creative Writing Festival, which is happening April 18 from 9-5:30.

I had thought about teaching a class on how to bring scent into your writing, but then I decided I’d do something a little more general, so l be speaking there in one of the morning workshops about how to write a nonfiction/fiction book proposal. Details about attending the festival are on the festival website.

Do you have an idea for a book that you’d like to flesh out in a proposal? I’m going to give some tips on how to do it. Mark your calendars, and take advantage of early registration, which is happening right now!