Marian Betancourt

Marian Betancourt

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Author and Journalist

Heroes of New York Harbor: Tales from the City's Port, published October 2016, is my love story to this great port. Readers will meet people who made a big difference, such as Jonathan Williams, Ben Franklin's grand nephew, who built the forts that kept us safe during the War of 1812. The Moran and McAllister families, collectively known as the Irish Navy in the 19th Century, still have a big impact and provide the book's Foreword. Dynamite Johnny O'Brien, a pilot who knew this port better than anyone, led expeditions of arms and supplies from New York that helped the Cubans free themselves from tyranny. John Ambrose, another Irish immigrant, had the foresight and dogged determination that led to the deep water channel that made it possible for the biggest ships to enter the harbor.

Emily Warren Roebling took charge of engineering and completed the Brooklyn Bridge for her disabled husband. Lighthouse Kate Walker, a single mom in charge of a beacon surrounded by water, rowed her kids to school each day. Malcom McLean created container shipping and changed the way the world does business. Admiral Richard Bennis led the waterborne escape from the devastation of 9/​11 and created a new plan to protect the harbor.

Next year my historic novel about Esther Morris, a key player in women's suffrage will be published.

History blends with travel and food in much of my work, and as a contributor to Everett Potter's Travel Report (http:/​/​www.everettpotter.com/​ ) I have most recently written about the naturally sophisticated culinary traditions of Estonia, the historic palaces of St. Petersburg and tracing your ancestry in Hamburg. I have a special fondness for Tennessee and reported from Memphis on the 60th anniversary of rock and roll as well as the many reasons to visit Nashville, Chattanooga and other cities.

For five years until the end of 2014, when the magazine decided to cease publication, I profiled New York restaurants for Promenade. Food writing is a special love that led to two books: The Texas Hill Country Cookbook: A Taste of Provence, and The New Native American Cuisine: 5-Star Recipes from Arizona's Kai Restaurantat the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa.

Two of my earlier books concerning women's rights have been reissued as $4.99 e-books thanks to the Author's Guild and are available from online bookstores. Playing Like a Girl: Transforming Our Lives Through Team Sports (McGraw-Hill) and What to Do When Love Turns Violent (HarperCollins), which The New York Times called "the single best resource."

I've been writing for a very long time and you can find a comprehensive listing of my work in the bibliography section.

Selected Works

Published October 2016, Globe Pequot Press
Food and Travel
Five star recipes from a rich agricultural heritage
"There is no need to cross the Atlantic anymore to enjoy the herb-scented cuisine of Provence. In this appealing book, Scott Cohen brings these intense flavors and his own sophistication to Texas Hill Country cooking."
--Jacques Pepin.

Other plaudits came from Southern Living Magazine, Texas Monthly, San Antonio News Express, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Associated Press, and many chefs.
For and About Women
"Possibly the single best resource."
--NY Times
Now available as an e-book for $4.99.