About Roll Your Bones

What is thIS?

Roll Your Bones is my recipe binder, travel history, and art project. I collect the recipes of food I prepared and enjoyed, and write short posts about places I don’t want to forget. Most of the recipes on this blog are vegetarian or pescatarian. Most of the posts are about places in the United States, Europe and Canada.

I don’t want to take credit for having created any of the recipes on this blog, as they are nearly all revisions of recipes others had created. Most of my changes are intended to make the recipe a little healthier, lower in calories, vegetarian, and in quantities that are usually meant to serve two people. If you’re interested to see where the recipe originated, look in the first paragraph. I usually include it there.

What is the purpose of this blog?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved print media. As a kid, getting a new magazine on the weekly grocery shopping trip was exciting. Starting in middle school and continuing through college, I worked on the school paper. My first writing job, while still in high school, was  for our town’s weekly newspaper. In college I majored in journalism, and eventually worked on staff at two dailies.

While I left the industry long ago, I continue to love everything about newspaper and magazine production: selecting a topic, asking questions, gathering materials, writing, and editing. Finally it is distilled into a strong visual image, and meshed into something that can be distributed and shared.

Roll Your Bones answers the question, “What would it look like if I was in charge?” I’ve selected every recipe, visited every site, taken nearly every photo, written every word. It’s an ongoing learning experience for me, and there’s the added bonus of being able to access all of this information from anywhere I can get an internet connection. Anytime I’m longing for a specific place or food, I can go back and see the photos and be reminded of why I loved it so much.


In November of 1959 Jack Kerouac appeared on The Steve Allen Show. While he joyously read an excerpt from his book, On The Road, Allen laid down a jazzy piano riff in the background. In this appearance, Kerouac attempted to explain why he wrote “that book or any book.” He described seeing God, and being given the following instruction:

come on, boy,
go thou across the ground
go moan for man
go moan
go groan
go groan alone
go roll your bones
go thou and be little beneath my sight
go thou and be minute as seed in the pod
go thou go thou die hence
and of this world, report you well and truly

What does “Roll Your Bones” mean?

I interpret it as a command: Experience life, testify, push forward, quietly and with purpose. Gather together all the parts of you because they go where you go. It’s also a way of living; a way of responding to the world we live in.

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