This site got its start as the blog for a cookbook club I started when living in Vermont. Back then, the focus was wide and international—basically, any cuisine or cooking topic that struck the interest of club members. Currently the lure is Southern: The fantastically vital food scene happening right here in my new hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and my hitherto unfulfilled love of the foods of this region. Both of these things beg my attention. These days the “club” consists of two: me and whoever stumbles across this site, reads a few lines of a posting, and maybe even tries a recipe or two. Thanks in advance for helping to make this a club of two, because a club of one just isn’t a club, after all.