Peter Osbaldeston took early retirement after teaching art and music in a Los Angeles high school
for 31.496 years (“Those of us in the teaching profession measure time in this
manner,” he says) and moved to Palm Springs. An accomplished amateur gourmet
cook since his teens, Mr. Osbaldeston turned to culinary pursuits as a new
career. Landing a job as food writer for the prestigious Desert Magazine
and as food critic for another local entertainment guide, he has garnered
valuable experience during the intervening years.
Mr. Osbaldeston began writing fiction in elementary school. He started his first novel when he
was thirteen, after his father gave him a used typewriter. Even though Mr.
Osbaldeston majored in music and eventually became a music teacher, he continued
to write. In the 1980s, he wrote a series of screenplays, three of which were
self-produced for public access television.
After writing for numerous culinary publications in Palm Springs, Mr. Osbaldeston grew frustrated
with what he saw as restaurant advertising in the form of criticism. He decided
to remedy the situation himself by writing a comprehensive dining guide for the
entire Palm Springs resort area. What resulted was his first published book,
The Palm Springs Diner's Bible.
In this book, Mr. Osbaldeston has been able to combine his two
avocations—writing and gourmet food—into a new vocation and hopes that visitors
and locals alike will find his honest critiques both accurate and refreshing.
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