Hi Jack. I am happy to get news from Virginia. I hope you are doing well. Actually I am adding some interesting books to my cookbook collection these days. I am in regular contact with Andrea Tacchi about cooking topics. He is a great expert of Tuscan food and two times a week I get photos of the succulant meals he prepares in the kitchen of his workshop. So I followed his advice and bought an old standard book, written by Paolo Petroni, The complete book of Florentine cooking. It's a kind of MUST read for Italian food lovers. I will check Pat Conroy as well. I remember your addiction for high class salads...Another book that recently got excellent reviews is: Nosrat Samin, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat - Mastering the elements of cooking. It should arrive any day.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started (Mark Twain)
Tobias Braun, Santos copy, spruce/yew, 2017
Andrea Tacchi, Enrique Garcia model, Spruce/BRAZ, 2016
Giovanni Tacchi, Daniel Friederich copy, cedar/EIR, 2017