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john donohue
I am a writer, editor, cartoonist, and father of two.
Interests: Cooking, Eating, and Talking, although not always in that order.
Recent Activity
Since I last posted here, I've embarked on a new project, drawing All the Restaurants in New York. The response has been wonderful, and I have my first book of restaurant drawings coming out on May 14. You can learn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Stay at Stove Dad
Yesterday, my eleven-year-old, Nina, was working on an English-class assignment about how writing has changed the world. She was analyzing a text about Mesopotamia, and had to give evidence of the movement from symbols to letters to words, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
You don’t need me to tell you the five easy steps for a perfect Thanksgiving. The Internet is full of suggestions and there have been books written on the subject (my favorite is Sam Sifton’s “Thanksgiving: How to Cook It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
Longtime readers (oh, the faithful, I thank you) may notice a change to the layout of Stay at Stove Dad. I’ve freshened the design and made it mobile friendly, so I hope it’s easier to use. One thing that hasn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
My dad died of prostate cancer eight years ago. I was thinking of this today, because I received very sad news this morning. Michael Crawford, someone I did not know well but who I was proud to call a friend,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
Polenta has a terrible reputation for requiring endless stirring. But no-stir polenta is not some mythical unicorn. It’s within reach*. And the benefit of no-stir polenta is that you can have a lush and delicious side dish (and, even, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
Happy Father’s Day to all. It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Let me explain. Lately, I’ve been cooking up more than food in the kitchen. I’ve been making drawings, and making peace with myself. The drawings are of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
With the exception of refrigeration, the technologies that captivate me in the kitchen have been around since the beginning of time. Fire and water are pretty much all I need. But there’s no stopping progress. My brother-in-law recently wrote about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
I know little about gluten, beyond its troublesome reputation, but, frankly, that’s enough. I have friends and relatives who suffer when they eat it, and I cannot help but notice a correlation between how much of it we consume and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
As an experiment to improve the heath of our children, we are trying out the gluten-free lifestyle. Like me and many of their forebears, Nina and Pinta have long had eczema, to varying degrees. This recently distressed Santa Maria so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
Ever since the beginning of time, one simple question has bedeviled men: what to do on Valentine's Day. Worry no more. I am introducing the Build a Meal feature, a simple map of an excellent repast. Most folks who visit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Stay at Stove Dad
I don’t believe that one needs fancy cookware to make a fine meal. It’s more important to knows one’s cookware, to know one’s stove, to know one’s ingredients, and, of course, to paraphrase the Greeks, to know one’s self. All... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I’m working from home these days, concentrating on making art. Because of the delicate interplay between domestic bliss and domestic solvency, this also means I've taken on more of the tasks around the house. It's my job now to clean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
When you’re running a household, you need to look out for all of its members. If a natural disaster strikes, you want to be ready. The Federal Government has its suggestions, but what if you have pets? Purina, which is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Everything they say about making pizza at home is true. It’s easy (here’s my sauce recipe). It’s delicious (here’s my dough recipe). And it’s fun (here’s how to put it all together, using store-bought ingredients, but the method still holds).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
If you want to get better at cooking for kids, you don’t need to pick up another book. You don’t need to scroll through another blog. You definitely don’t need to take any classes. To get better at cooking for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover. I just finished “How Did I Get Here?” by Jesse Browner, and if you’ve ever asked yourself the question its title poses, you’ll be well rewarded by reading it. Browner, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Like a sailor cast adrift at sea, I'm on my own this week. Santa Maria and the kids have headed south to visit the extended family. I'm just feeding myself, and yet I created a dish rack full of plates,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Springtime has arrived, finally, and nature is up to its old tricks. The days are getting longer. Trees are starting to blossom. Asparagus is in season. The daffodils arrive, then the tulips. It’s great fun to throw off one’s jacket... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
We all want to teach our kids the ABCs, but when I step into the kitchen the ABCs take on a different meaning: Always Be Cleaning. Nina, my eldest one, reminded me this morning that it’s one of the first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Last Sunday night, we returned late to the city after a stay at the Mohonk Mountain House. It was an unprecedented vacation for the Stay at Stove Dad family, and it was most welcome. The Mohonk House is a Victorian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I have been fortunate to get to know, slightly, the writer Thomas Rayfiel, who, as it turns out, has long been the chief cook in his household. My good fortune was recently multiplied when he agreed to share a bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I'm pretty low-key about St. Patrick’s Day, though I'm Irish-American. My observation of the holiday doesn’t involve bagpipes, crowds, or parades. I just stop and watch the revelers (I work in Manhattan, so it’s not hard to see them) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I can cook fish like it’s nobody’s business, thanks to spending much of my youth working in a fish market, but cooking steak at home, either on the stovetop or on a barbecue, has long bedeviled me. I never really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad