Morgan Hart

About me

Morgan Hart is the author of The Mago Scrolls, the saga of a cook slave caught up in Punic Wars. The offspring of a Greek philosopher and a Carthaginian pleasure slave, Mago spends his youth toiling in the kitchens of Hieron II, ruler of the Greek city-state of Syracuse.

Handsome, pampered, and cocky, Mago has little interest in the momentous events surrounding the outbreak of the greatest conflict in the ancient world as he ascends to the position of archimageiros, the chef de cuisine for Hieron’s glittering court, achieving fame as a culinary genius throughout Greek Sicily. Unbeknownst to Mago, Hieron and his council of advisors have plans for the young chef that will change his life forever. From the debauched revelry of a Greek symposium to vicious electioneering in the Roman forum and onto the pitching deck of a war galley during the greatest sea battle in history, Mago combines gastronomic expertise with the trade craft of a master spy to carry out Hieron’s plans.

From my website

Siri vs. Swagat: Another Blow to the Wisdom of Crowds

Swagat and Siri, two popular Indian restaurants in Portland's Alphabet District, are essentially tied in the culinary social media, so how do you choose between then? Answer: read MagoGuide. Yes, Team Mago uses a five-point scale and we even participate in the digital gastro-sphere, but we are tricksey and patient…

New York Times: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Over the years MagoGuide has taken a hard look at some of the New York Times reporting, sometimes agreeing but mostly pointing out what a bad job they've done. In this offering we recap those excellent posts for your reading pleasure.

Grassa is Fat with Potential

Grassa could do for bespoke pasta what Lardo once did for high-end sandwiches, but with Lardo showing the problems of culinary over-exposure will Grassa go the same way? The jury is still out and MagoGuide will be back in the not too distant future to see if Grassa can escape…

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