Eat, Knucklehead!


220 pages, illustrated, paperback
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-1-9
100 recipes (mostly vegetarian)
Released in July 2015

Read an excerpt at Medium

An early review at Hopes&Fears

“It’s an epistolary novel of letters written from father to son, with 100 recipes interwoven throughout the story. Instructional illustrations, such as how to boil an egg or chop asparagus, are included too. Whether it’s family recipes being passed down generations, or the pleasure of making a good meal for a loved one, cooking is deeply tied to family. It makes thematic sense that a cookbook should be matched with a tale of a father who loves his son. This book should also appeal to those who understand that cooking can truly be a performance, or an act of creative expression, just like any other art.” – Hopes&Fears

Additional information

Weight12 oz
Dimensions8 × 6 × 1 in
Author Bio

I have been the foreman on the line in a factory; I have scooped dog shit and fertilized exotic plants; I have proofread legal documents concerning Oprah Winfrey, the government of Aruba, and the death penalty clemency in Illinois; I have harvested cranberries; I have watched in awe as my alhzeimered grandfather, grower of prized tomatoes, mowed down an entire garden of tomato plants; I have taught literature, history, journalism and culinary arts in the poorest school district in Wisconsin, the oldest high school in Wisconsin, the poorest school in Illinois, and a banner school of President Obama’s education policy; I have won the only baseball game played yearly in the country of Denmark with a walk-off, two-run double to rightcenter field; I have interviewed the inventor of the World Wide Web, the lead scientist on climate change policy in the leading country on climate change, and a prominent Palestinian hip-hop artist (three different people); I have fallen head-first two stories onto concrete holding a roofing hatchet and only dislocated my elbow; I have been an illegal immigrant; I have been to jail; once, I was in love. Now I am coaching baseball.