Phoebe Lapine


Phoebe is a New Your based writer, cookbook author, private chef, culinary instructor, and blogger. She is a regular contributor to Food & Wine, Food52, Serious Eats, and Shape Magazine. Her recipes, writing, and cookbook have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, O! Magazine, and Glamour. Her first cookbook, In the Small Kitchen, was published by Harper Collins in May 2011, with a foreword by Ina Garten. She documents her healthy comfort food, and gluten-free finds on her award winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your retreat?

My favorite part of the experience was being able to end the day with a hike in the woods. Armstrong Redwood Park was an easy 15 minute drive, but felt like a world away from wine country. There's nothing like a 300 foot tree to make all of your writerly worries feel small and squashable.


What other activities did you do during the retreat—any napping, hiking, or exploring the area?

I spent an afternoon in Arista winery's Japanese water garden with my laptop and a glass of rose. Westside road was lined with amazing vineyards--perfect for a less productive day of wine tasting and writing a few questionable paragraphs in between glasses.


What did you work on during the retreat?

During my stay I was working on a wellness memoir about how to find the balance between health and hedonism.


Did the vineyard setting inspire you and/or your writing? In what ways?

Ironically, I spent most of my time in wine country revising a chapter on detox. While it was hard to put myself back in the head space of deprivation, with a bottle of red on the table and miles of vines outside, the setting certainly fueled some better descriptions of the re-tox experience.


What was the most unexpected part of your stay?

When I arrived the folks at Moshin treated me to a tasting of their wine portfolio at 11am. It was an unexpected, but great way to start my trip.  

writersMarcy Gordon