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Award Winning

Affirmation is good for the soul. Really good. I am just beginning to come down from a thoroughly affirming weekend with colleagues and friends. It was wonderful from the get-go to attend the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference. Terrific sessions, great fun seeing old friends and putting faces to on-line pals, but receiving the Single Subject Cookbook Award completely put it over the top. Over. The Top. It was my fourth trip to the podium, having picked up three of the awards for Food52, as my pal and fellow winner, Kristen Miglore asked me. I did fear there was a very good chance of “always a bridesmaid, never the bride”. But wow. And guess who announced my win? Yes, that’s right. He’s Aussie. He’s 6’5″. […]

People are cooking from The Practical Pantry

One week ago was my book birthday and wow it’s been a crazy seven days ever since. I’ve stood in the freezing wind at a few of my favorite farmers markets, meeting new readers and greeting old friends. I’ve been interviewed by Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Editor of the Washington Post Food Section. I’ve traveled to Richmond and the beautiful new Southern Seasons store. And today, right now, I’m sitting in Toronto (there are still tickets available for tonight’s event.) This is it. I’m off on my official book tour. Thursday, November 13, I’ll be at the 92nd St. Y, in conversation with the brilliant and funny Charlotte Druckman. Tickets are still available. Won’t you come say hi? Next weekend, I’m in San Francisco, after which […]

canning season (and a recipe for asparagus and morels)

I’ve made at least eight meals that I meant to photograph and blog, but somehow it didn’t happen. When I sat down to this meal, I knew there was no way I could let this divine combination of asparagus, morels and a poached egg slip through. The season of fresh foods has arrived and doesn’t it seem it’s moving along really quickly? I’ve made plenty of strawberry jam, a few boozy infusions, some vinegar. I pickled onions and asparagus. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Oh, it’s rhubarb season, but ooh boy, the cherries arrived! And yikes, here come the blueberries! OMG there was SQUASH at the market last week! The season is racing along and now is the time to get some jars on the […]

developing an aesthetic

Rhubarb is coming into the markets, summer is just around the corner and I’m five months from my deadline date. Back in October, I started working on Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry (W.W. Norton, 2014.) Whatever I might have thought about writing a book, it’s much harder than I imagined, and much more rewarding. I’m going through old notebooks of recipe scribbles, testing favorite recipes again and again, and writing all the time. I love this process and I can’t wait to share the book with all of you. But testing and writing recipes are just a small a part of making a book. Nothing  happens without a brilliant team. My editor, Maria Guarnaschelli, is bringing her eagle eye to the project – sharpening the focus, […]

Can In: How Home Food Preservers Might Help Fight Hunger

For the last month, I’ve been tinkering in my new community garden plot. I have spent time there toting water, planting garlic and onions, pressing pea seeds into the soil, making drills for lettuce and radishes and spading in raspberry bushes along the back. In England this would be called an allotment, in France a potager. The idea of each, and mine, is to grow enough food to add freshness to the table every single day. I am not a farmer, just a gardener, growing food for my household in a 10’ x 20’ space. For these few weeks, it’s been deeply satisfying to think of this little plot of land and imagine how it might feed us. I’ve been testing recipes for strawberry jam […]

the practical pantry

For most of my adult life, I have collected cookbooks. Old ones, new ones, anything that had beautiful photos, or stellar writing, or covered a subject I wanted to learn about – they all snuggle up next to one another on my bookshelves, stack up on my desk and clutter my nightstand. In my dreams. In my imagination. In my secret world, there was a cookbook up there with my name on it. I have news. Big news. Happy news. I’m writing a book. That’s right. Me. A book. Me and a book. Me, writing a book. Seriously. I still can’t quite believe it. And the best news of all? I’ve got a star studded team to help me. My literary agent, Martha Kaplan, has […]