kip's desert book club
juniper blue by susan lang
june 5, 2017 in wonder valley

Susan Lang wrote a series of 3 novels following the life of a powerful female Pipes Canyon original homesteader. I have been eager for us to read Juniper Blue, the second in the series for the June 5th Book Club meeting in Wonder Valley at 7:00.

kip's desert book club
Desert notes by barry lopez
May 1, 2017 at the Palm Springs Art Museum

When Leonardo Bravo, director of Education and Public Programs at the Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Center suggested that the Desert Book Club meet at the museum, I jumped at the chance. When I suggested that he make the monthly desert book selection, Desert Notes by Barry Lopez was mentioned, a small but powerful volume which I have found highly satifying.

high desert test kitchen
april ingredient: cholla buds
april 17, 2017


The abundance of spring is undeniable, and is reflected in the increasingly diverse food offerings that have sprouted since the lean winter months. Grab your tongs and get ready to twist a few (cactus) arms, we’re chowing on cholla! 

kip's desert book club
the mojave by david darlington
april 3, 2017

I have been looking forward to reading The Mojave by David Darlington for quite a while now. His subtitle is "A portrait of the definitive American desert" and as anyone that lives in the Mojave can tell you, that would be a challenging painting of words indeed.