Hi Robert, tell us a little bit about your professional background
I'd like to say that I'm a professional eater but, the truth is, food is more of a passion of mine than a career. Fortunately, over the past dozen-plus years as a journalist working for places like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, New York, Fortune, Gourmet, Spin, InStyle, Real Simple, Blueprint, Blender, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Parade, Men's Health and GQ -- where I was West Coast Editor -- I've had the opportunity to sample the fare and write about everything from Alabama bbq joints to grilled fish stands in the Dominican Republic to Persian ice cream shops in Los Angeles.
Why were you interested in creating an eBook on eHow?
When my wife and I moved from New York to Los Angeles several years back, I made two vows: The first was to never share a wall, floor or ceiling with a stranger ever again. The second was to buy a barbecue and grill outside at least once every single week of the year. When I realized that I could also do "hearth cooking" in our backyard's brick fireplace, I pretty much turned my back on our tiny kitchen in favor of grilling it up whenever possible in the great outdoors. When the opportunity came-up to write a book for other people interested in learning how to cook with fire, I jumped at the chance.
Are you working on any side projects?
People can learn more about me at my website: http://mrmoritz.com.
They can also visit my alter-ego, "The Flowerbomber", and learn about the world of Guerrilla Gardening at http://www.flowerbomber.com
Can you give a quick synopsis of the eBook?
Grilling 101 is a book for anyone who wants to get started cooking with a barbecue. Simple as that. It's a step-by-step introduction to the tools and techniques of grilling covering everything from buying a grill to lighting a fire to cooking all the different types of foods that just taste so much better cooked over an open flame than under a broiler.
I'm a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere.