Thank you for visiting my website. I'm working on a book about my great-grandfather Thomas H. Russell's discovery of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur, Hesperornis regalis, as a member of the 1872 Yale paleontology expedition. Almost 140 years later, I visited the fossil bed with my daughter, the climate activist and executive director of, May Boeve.


Goblin Hollow, Kansas

Jill at Goblin Hollow, Kansas, where her great-grandfather Thomas H. Russell found his Hesperornis regalis.

Jill Hunting is the author of Finding Pete: Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). Before taking up the central story of her young life, Jill was senior editor of two food and wine magazines and wrote about chefs, restaurants, winemakers, and the subterranean delicacy truffles.

She was on a writing retreat in Umbria when the tranquility and beauty of the Italian countryside moved her to turn from writing a book about truffles to solving the mystery of her brother's death as a humanitarian working in wartime Vietnam. The resulting book was Finding Pete. The Ken Burns and Lynn Novick series for PBS, "The Vietnam War," features Jill's brother in Episode 2. A full page in the companion book to the series, written by Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward, is devoted to Pete.

Jill is the editor of the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook (Rizzoli 2019) and of John McReynolds's Stone Edge Farm Cookbook, a 372-page coffee table book. In March 2014 it was named Book of the Year and Best First Book/The Julia Child Award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is an alumna of the prestigious Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Jill has worked at The Corning Museum of Glass, in New York; at the Omniplex museum and an ad agency, both in Oklahoma City; for the Jesus Seminar, a group of biblical scholars challenging the New Testament gospels' historical accuracy; in the marketing department of HarperCollins San Francisco; and as a magazine editor and writer in California wine country. Her liberal arts education includes a major in American studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and a master's degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

She resides with her husband, the attorney Bob Aicher, in Pasadena, California.

I like to think of landscape not as a fixed place but as a path that is unwinding before my eyes, under my feet.
—Gretel Erlich, Legacy of Light