About Novel Dad



The intersection of words and food is absolutely fascinating to me, and not simply because eating meals and telling stories are the chiefest of all endeavors, the two facets of the human experience from which we all draw our greatest memories and deepest connections. These connections can be both uplifting, as at a bacchanalian wedding feast or an annual Thanksgiving dinner. They also bring us together in times of mourning, at a post-funerary lunch or in times of personal or cultural tragedy. Novels tend to deal well with these paired experiences, some more than others. This space is meant to extend these conversations–about books, food, or both–because I fear that we often take them for granted in a world pulsing with technological advancement and socio-economic globalization.

I am not some immobile Luddite. Much of my life, in fact, involves travel and technology, and I actually embrace most of the advantages that come with these modes of progress. In light of this I do not want to lose what makes me human and the simple things I have dedicated so much of my life to.

I am a restaurant manager and a graduate student of English literature. On a more rhythmic level, I am a writer, reader, cook, and, eater who possesses two equal and fully engaged passions: words and food. I have cooked professionally, waited tables, tended bar, and managed restaurants for over fourteen years. I am roughly halfway to earning my PhD in book-learning, and have pursued these twin passions concurrently, and will do so hopefully forever.

I am also a new father, which forms the final impetus for the Novel Dad blog. Every post will feature one book and one meal related to same. I will typically draw from personal experience as I navigate the complicated universe of new-fatherhood, masculinity, American identity, omnivore, locavore, pseudo-professional cook, and bookmonkey.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for eating. That’s it, folks.


Book Monkey

I graduated from the University of Arizona with my Master’s in Literature in 2009. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Literature at SUNY Stonybrook.

Food Junky

I manage a restaurant on Long Island and have been in the industry for over 14 years.

Bass Daddy

I am a self-taught bassist. My influences include Les Claypool, Flea, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Matt Freeman, and Larry Graham.

Love Hubby

I have been in love with my wife since 2002, I successfully wooed her in 2006, and finally married her in 2013. Our first son was born on September 14th, 2015.