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A Writer’s Retreat

Authors Ann Hood and Michael Ruhlman cook up creativity on the West Side

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To say that Ann Hood’s home is a creative space would be something of an understatement. The home in the Pearl Street Lofts that the author shares with her husband, food writer and cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, is where the pair does a lot of writing – and the hard work of recipe testing. “He’s working on a new cookbook, and he’s on the lasagna chapter,” Hood says. “There’s something about lasagna – you can’t make a little one. I think the neighbors have had three so far.” Ann chose the space after living in Fox Point for 20 years in a house built in 1792. They immediately fell in love because of the enormous windows and natural light. “I walked in and thought, I’ll take it,” she says. Now, the couple splits their time between New York and Rhode Island, where Ann has just launched the Newport MFA, a low-residency creative writing program where students from all over the country work remotely and then convene at Salve Regina twice a year. Her new book, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), came out at the end of June. “It’s the story of a girl in Providence in the 1960s who wants to meet Paul McCartney,” Ann says. “It was so fun to write. In 1966, my only goal was to meet Paul McCartney.”