Luke Dempsey

Luke Dempsey is the author of A Supremely Bad Idea and Club Soccer 101.
Thank You: A Brit’s Love Letter to Thanksgiving
I was born in late November in the late 1960s in England. It is, in many ways, a wonderful place (thank you for Great British Bake Off, Stephen Fry, and The Smiths). But it is a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. So, when I met an American woman in an Irish bar in 1994, I didn’t know anything about the holiday.
Nov 23, 2016
What Do Brits Know About German Beer?
It’s that time of year: the nights are getting darker earlier, the temperatures are dropping, and Oktoberfest is happening at a bar near you. On one such recent evening, I was joined at a German-themed bar, Loreley, in New York’s Lower East Side, by Alex Gallafent, a British friend (whose latest one-man show, The Dilletante, will be performed on November 20 at the PIT Loft in New York).
Oct 27, 2016
Why the English Muffin Is Vastly Superior to the Bagel
As an Englishman living in New York, I confess to being befuddled, if not outright outraged, by the obsession with bagels. Regular bagels, everything bagels, rainbow bagels, Canadians bagels — enough! Can we get over the bagel please? Here are five reasons — actually, there are many more than five, but life’s implacable clock ticks on — why the English muffin is vastly superior to the bagel. Bagels have holes in them. You know this already.
Sep 7, 2016
My Complicated Relationship with The Great British Baking Show
It's complicated, but Philip Larkin has the last word.
Aug 12, 2016
M.F.K. Fisher’s Midnight Writing Snack
When you’re burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set? This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was the four-star food writer of the 20th century.
Jul 8, 2016
Vladimir Nabokov’s Midnight Writing Snack
When you’re burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set? This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours.
Jul 7, 2016
Hunter S. Thompson’s Midnight Writing Snack
When you’re burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set? This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours. Hunter S.
Jul 6, 2016
Simone de Beauvoir’s Midnight Writing Snack
When you’re burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set? This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours.
Jul 5, 2016
Walt Whitman’s Midnight Writing Snack
When you’re burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set? This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours.
Jul 4, 2016
20 Words and Phrases to Know Before You Watch The Great British Baking Show
You say cookie, we say biscuit; you say plastic wrap, we say cling film; you say sponge and mean the thing you clean with, and we mean a lovely cake. The differences between American English and British (aka proper) English are myriad — and if you’re planning to tune in to season three of the Great British Baking Show (which airs on PBS tonight), it’s worth brushing up on a few key words and phrases. A rolled, frozen dessert made from ice cream and sponge cake.
Jul 1, 2016
A Single Dad Learns to Cook
The first time they came over, at dinnertime I boiled some rotini and heated up a jar of Classico. In the living room, they sat cross-legged, watching Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. As the tomato sauce bubbled, I could hear Bryan Adams on the movie soundtrack sing “This Is Where I Belong.” But this was not where my twin daughters belonged. They belonged at home, with their mom, from whom I’d split a few weeks earlier.
Jun 16, 2016
5 Literary Lessons on the Perils (and Possibilities) of Eating Outdoors
With Memorial Day behind us, the season of the picnic has arrived. From now through Labor Day, most of us will at some point decide to pack up a meal in a hamper or a cooler, head out to a park or a beach or a forest, lay out a blanket, and enjoy our meal en plein air. What is it about picnics that makes perfectly mono-lingual people speak French? And why is it that picnics are so enduringly appealing?
Jun 7, 2016
Is Single Malt Better than Blended Whiskey?
Ah, the single malt — that holy grail of whiskey. So many of us are so drawn to its position as the ne plus ultra of liquor, and yet do we really know what it means? Why is it better, if it is better, than a blended whiskey or whisky? (You lose the “e” in Scotland.) Well, for a start, some blended whiskeys taste like paraffin.
Mar 16, 2016
Why I Drink Jameson
Back in England, I was the friend of a guy whose father was a rich sort. Posh père belonged to a single-malt society and — if he was feeling generous, which was, fortunately, always — used to share his latest “off-cut” bottles with his son and me.
Mar 15, 2016