COLEBROOK — “To be honest with you, I definitely am afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Mark Scarbrough said, sitting in the home in Colebrook he shares with his husband, Bruce Weinstein. Together the ex-New Yorkers turned dog-owning men of the quiet country make up the ideal culinary duo, producing more than 30 cookbooks. 

Weinstein is the chef while Scarborough writes, seemingly having left academia behind. Although, not quite. With a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Wisconsin,  Scarbrough has been quietly bringing high-level book...