Lisa Grossman, AKA the Tsarina of Tsocks, is a writer who knits – and/or vice-versa – on the South Shore of Long Island, surrounded by the usual sort of fluctuating menagerie. (Why she is writing about herself in the third person, she is not at all sure; force of habit, she guesses, after a lifetime of bios….) She is pleased and perhaps a bit relieved to be sporting such a benign moniker these days – as anyone might be after being known as “Amiable Slut” and “Rat Lady.” A charter member of the Wall-to-Wall Patrick O’Brian Road Company, she is the surviving co-author of Lobscouse & Spotted Dog, Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels (W.W. Norton, 1997/2000); her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Independent, Napoleon Journal, and Tin House literary quarterly – and most recently in the new Tin House anthology Food and Booze (October 2007). Currently on her literary back burner: an annotated translation of the works of Marie-Antoine Carême; Talleyrand at Table, a sort of multi-gastro-biographical work about Carême, Grimod de la Reynière, Brillat-Savarin, and the eponymous Talleyrand; and City Built to Music, a biography of the collaboration between Samuel Chotzinoff and David Sarnoff. So many books, so little time….
She learned to knit at her mother’s knee and has been knitting her own designs since – oh, project # 2, or so.
She wonders where socks have been all her life.