Friday Photo: Cooking Ham

Four years ago today I was in the city of Ya’an, in Sichuan Province. Ham is popular in that region of the country, and everywhere we went we saw little “ham shops” – storefronts where people were not just selling ham, but actually cooking it. If you’re looking for a new way to cook your Easter ham, give this a try:

cookingham

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Farewell to a Great Story-teller

One of my favorite American authors, Pat Conroy, passed away on Friday. Here’s how NPR reported it:

Pat Conroy, the beloved author of The Great SantiniThe Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides, has died. Conroy — who announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer — died Friday night at his home among his family in Beaufort, S.C. He was 70 years old.

Pat Conroy was a master storyteller, blending the raw material of his difficult family life with the landscape of coastal South Carolina. In 1986, Conroy told me that the reason he wrote was to explain his own life to himself.

If you haven’t read his books, yet, I highly recommend them. These are my favorites:

The Prince of Tides: A Novel

The Prince of Tides: A Novel

The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

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Beach Music: A Novel

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