Too Many Cooks

THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011, 9:39 A.M.

Pull up a seat

Diners gather around for a summer Big Table dinner at Chaps. (Lorie Hutson / Spokesman-Review)
Diners gather around for a summer Big Table dinner at Chaps. (Lorie Hutson / Spokesman-Review)

There is nothing I love more than sharing a meal with friends.

Whether around the table, the campfire or the snack table at work, food has a wonderful way of drawing people together. We hope this blog will be a bit like that.

One of the great joys of my job is that people share their cooking triumphs and failures. They stop me to talk about their dinner at local restaurants; they share tips for great bargain wines and they ask about an unfamiliar ingredient. At the office, we often find ourselves swapping notes on fallen quick breads, our favorite new IPA or a restaurant we've discovered (or rediscovered). We inevitably learn something new.

It's been fun trying new techniques and being reminded of old favorites. Now, we're ready to share that conversation with you.

So, I've invited a group fellow food lovers at The Spokesman-Review  to join me here at Too Many Cooks. The team includes Gina Boysun, an online developer for; Ruth Reynolds, a copy editor who looks at those weekly Food sections behind the scenes; and Carolyn Lamberson, an assistant city editor, who has written occasional food stories. We'll share inspirations, frustrations and discoveries from our corners of the food world.

We worried a bit that writing a group blog about food might be akin to that old adage that leads to dinner spoiled. Instead, we expect it to have the opposite effect. We hope that Too Many Cooks will become a place for readers to find something new and share their experience, too.

Join us.

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