My name is Mike, it’s not Mel. No one has ever called me Mel, though I give the name “Sharples” when I order a pizza. I’m a wannabe cook who would hate the heat and the hours of a professional kitchen, so I cook at home and write about it. I’m married to a wonderful lady I call She Who Must Be Obeyed with two – very often – great kids. I’m currently living in New Hampshire with no desire to leave (for now) my tax free haven, though a few more specialty food stores wouldn’t hurt. I’m a fan of eating locally and of grass-fed beef.