I am overwhelmed and grateful for the enormous outpouring of condolences and good wishes. We celebrated my father on Saturday and well into Sunday, as my dad would have wished.

Now I must get organized to return to "normal" life, which feels anything but normal now.  Toward that end, I won't be blogging for one more week, but will return on Monday, August 25.  In the meantime you might check out Bob del Grosso's blog, Hunger Artist, where Michael Pardus is posting the occasional dispatch from India.

You might also have a look at the excellent stories in the June issue of Food Arts magazine on the way our food world is changing and the forces behind these changes.