Archive for January 2011

January 31st, 2011 — 9:50am

An excerpt from Ravenous is on today.

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Ravenous on Berkeleyside

January 28th, 2011 — 11:53am

I had tea the other day with Sarah Henry, a food writer. Here’s the piece she wrote for our local Berkeley website,

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Ravenous Spotted in New York!

January 24th, 2011 — 7:16pm

Here’s a picture of my wonderful elementary school buddy Denise and her partner Adam holding up my book!

A side note: Denise was voted “Best Looking” in 9th grade.

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Yoga and Food

January 21st, 2011 — 10:12am

This past weekend, I had the great fortune to attend (and work at) the Yoga Journal SF Conference. I studied with some of my favorite master teachers, including Scott Blossom, Tias Little, and Aadil Palkhivala.

Aadil is a wise, deep, robust, laughing Buddha. His chanting is sonorous and comes from the belly of the earth. I adore him.

I took his class on “Opening the Heart in Standing Poses,” and his words ring so true and cut to the heart of my book “Ravenous,” which will be published in 11 days, 12 hours and 58 seconds.

Here are some of his words:

“Gratitude is the precursor to healing.”

You have been given this body to “explore how you move through the material world.”

People talk too much because “they don’t know how to listen, or they fear they are not being heard.”

“Listening is the most underrated way of making money.” [He credits Steve Siebold for this idea.]

“No yoga practice is good or bad. The question is, does it work for me?”

In yoga, the question is not whether “this is correct, but is it appropriate? You are either moving towards or away from something.”

“There is no end point to a posture — no point where you are ever ‘there'”.

And finally, “Yoga is not performance. It’s a practice.”

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Interview on

January 17th, 2011 — 9:18pm

It’s brief. Here it is.

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Dayna Macy and George Bush

January 13th, 2011 — 7:46pm

Now that’s a pairing I never thought I’d see.

And yet, on Borders, people who bought Ravenous “might also like…Decision Points by George Bush“?

How? Why?

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Now It Can Be Told…

January 11th, 2011 — 7:12pm

When I did the video shoot for Ravenous, the book wasn’t printed yet. But I had to show a copy, so I printed out a pdf of the cover (see below), and taped it over Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”.

Why? I could say it’s because it’s the same trim size (it is), he’s a good writer (he is), he’s a nice man (ditto). But he also sells lots of books (obviously), and on the eve of the publication of my first book, the superstitious part of me hopes that brings Ravenous a wee bit o’ good luck.

Now it can be told…

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Publication date: Poem by David Whyte

January 6th, 2011 — 9:12am

A friend gave me this poem by David Whyte, from his book “River Flow”. I’ve shortened it, for the purposes of space, with true apologies to Mr. Whyte, because his words are beautiful.

The title is not “Publication Date” — it’s “Waiting to Go On” — but it captures how I feel as I get ready for Ravenous to be published on February 1.



I lay a handful of walnuts
to dry by the fire,
pile six new apples in a bowl
and wiping the cutting boards
to a woody gleam, clear off
the fine needles and nubby stalks
that fell from mushrooms
I found in the morning,
walking the woods…

…All this continual practice,
this sharpening
and attentive presence,
this daily fetching and gathering
this constant maturing
and getting ready,
all this slowly
being heated through,
brought to a simmer,
being educated, knowledgeable,
learning through experience,
all this work to have
one complete day
lived just as it should be
all this constant testing
by the world
to see if we are done,
ready, cooked through,
ripe enough to fall,
to be lifted, bitten right into
and consumed ourselves

and then, for everyone
all the
hours of daily
practice just learning to hit
the note,
the conversational note,
the musical note
just right,
wanting it live
with all the other notes.

It must be we are waiting
for the perfect moment.
It must be
under the struggle
we want to go on.

It must be, deep
we are creatures
getting ready
for when we are needed.

It must be that waiting
for the listening ear
of the appreciative word,
for the right
woman or the right man
or the right moment
just to ourselves.

we are getting ready
just to be ready

and nothing else.

Like this moment
just before the guests arrive
alone in the kitchen
sensing a deep
down symmetry
in every blessed thing.

The way
that everything
to us
is preparing to meet us too.

Just on the other
side of the door
is about to
and our life
is just
about to change.

and finally
after all these
years rehearsing,
the curtain,

we might
just be
to go on.

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Those Amazon Rankings…

January 1st, 2011 — 1:48pm

As a new author, I have to stop letting my blood pressure rise…

…and fall…

…with the ebbs and flows of my Amazon ranking.

Scott, my experienced and somewhat jaded author husband, just shakes his head and smiles.

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To Joy!

January 1st, 2011 — 9:41am

My dear friend Robin sent me this photo this morning at 12:00. It made me smile.

I wish you all a healthy, happy, joyful, prosperous new year!

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