This website and its archives have been sitting under wraps, behind a wall of password protection, for nearly a year. Its old location was tied too closely, I decided, to the material I'd posted online about my academic research. Colleagues and potential employers could stumble across it with no effort at all, just by searching for my real name or a paper I'd written. And while writing about food is hardly the most frivolous or embarrassing hobby I might have, it's generally best for junior academics, especially junior academics who haven't yet landed a tenure-track position, to efface all signs of personality or interest beyond their work, at least on first acquaintance.
So the wall went up and the Google spiders slowly went away, and so, of course, did all my readers and anyone who wanted to find a nice recipe for plum cake, godlike snacks, or preserved lemons. I was happy to give out the password, but how was anyone to know? You had to ferret out my email address and ask me right out, in the face not of some friendly page inviting you to get in touch, but the impersonal glare of a "401 Authorization Error."
I was charmed and flattered to find that there were a number of people willing to go to the trouble. I would certainly not have done the same, in your place. I'd be too shy -- and there are so many good food websites these days, it's easy to find more to fill the space where one hungry tiger used to be.
As you can see, though, I've finally moved the site to a place where it doesn't need to be password protected. Even I was tired of the creaky old setup, the need to log in, the impossibility of searching for old recipes with Google. While I was importing the site into Typepad, I also made an attempt to update the way the archives were organized and categorized. So many old entries weren't well tagged, and the set of categories I'd built up over the years was more idiosyncratic than useful. I hope you (and I!) will find it easier to navigate the archives now, and easier yet once I add a few more refinements and indices I have planned.
If, after all that obfuscation and inconvenience, you're somehow here and reading this, thank you. Although I'll never return to the volume of posts I managed when I was a sprightly new grad student with a shiny new website, there will be new material. Welcome back!