Friday Night Meatballs is in print again, and this time it’s extra special. Spoonful is a new magazine devoted to food and community, with gorgeous photography and production (seriously, the paper even smells good). We’re featured in the very first issue! What’s more, the editors at Spoonful have asked me to combine two of the great loves of […]

Friday Night Meatballs has spread around the world– but some of the most enthusiastic meatballers are our neighbors to the north. The November 2015 issue of Canadian Living features Friday Night Meatballs and tells the story of Shayla Bradley, an Ontario mom who has made it a new tradition in her young family. Check out the […]

Ever wondered how Joe prepares his famous meatballs? I hope you’re free Tuesday night, then. To celebrate the release of the Corn Belt Almanac anthology, Philly’s own The Head & The Hand Press is hosting a night of reading and cooking at the Free Library’s Center for Culinary Literacy. I’ll be reading from my essay “Friday […]

The introduction and table of contents for Best Food Writing 2015 are now online! Here’s a taste: My first bite released a flood of taste memories. I realized that this was the same dish I had always ordered—no doubt using the same logic—when we came to Pappardella. I literally closed my eyes in pleasure to savor […]

I recently talked about Friday Night Meatballs with Local Mouthful, a new podcast about food hosted by two of my favorite Philadelphia food writers, Joy Manning (editor of Edible Philly) and Marissa McClellan (author of Food in Jars). You can listen here. Enjoy!

I’ve got some very good news to share today! I’m so excited to announce that my essay “Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life with Pasta,” first published in Serious Eats, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Food Writing 2015 anthology, edited by Holly Hughes and published by Da Capo Press. I’ve […]

Here in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, there’s a lot going on– including a growing literary community. Writers, editors, publishers, and graphic artists are doing innovative and exciting things here, and The Head & The Hand Press has played a huge role in bringing us all together. Founded by writer and urban farmer Nic Esposito, The […]

  The April 2015 issue of Real Simple magazine is out, and it includes a wonderful feature about community that focuses largely on Friday Night Meatballs. The article, by writer Virginia Sole-Smith, is a great mix of reporting and research, with some really cool examples of how to build community into a busy life. She conducted […]

Tom Dixon, this post’s for you. For everyone else: I’m writing about this week’s Friday Night Meatballs on our shiny new blog (eee– thank you, Pinnacle!) at the request of one of our guests, Thomas Dixon. I met Tom at Philadelphia’s Nerd Nite a couple of years ago and we’ve been Facebook friends ever since. […]