Thank you for visiting my website. I'm working on a new book about my great-grandfather's discovery of an avian dinosaur as a member of the 1872 Yale College Scientific Expedition, when he was 20, and my visit to the excavation site with my daughter, May Boeve. I'll be adding new photos and information to this page, so I hope you'll visit again.


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. A new documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, will feature Jill's brother in an early episode. The series will premiere on PBS in 2017.

Jill is the editor of John McReynolds's monumental Stone Edge Farm Cookbook, which in March 2014 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.

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