Archive for February 2011


February 19th, 2011 — 7:04pm

I’ve gotten a few nice mentions in the Denver Post, the Washington Post, and a nice feature in the Montreal Gazette.

Getting ready now to head to The Marsh where the lovely Pidge Meade invited me to read after her solo show. I was going to wear something just a tiny bit alluring but it’s too wet and too cold so it’s a turtleneck and boots for me.

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The Marsh Theater this Saturday

February 16th, 2011 — 9:08am

So I put out to the Universe that I want to do more stage work (I used to perform music when I was younger and miss it) and the next day I get an email from a solo performer, Pidge Meade, who read my excerpt on

She’s doing a solo show called “40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story” at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco, and wondered if I’d like to do a reading after the show and a Q&A with the audience.

Would I?! Are truffles delicious? Is bread and butter the very best dish in the world?

Just wind this girl up and send her out on a stage! What a generous offer and I was thrilled to say yes. So yes it will be, this Saturday, February 19 at 8:30 pm.

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Ravenous in Dutch!

February 15th, 2011 — 7:16pm

Goed nieuws! Hay House gewoon de Nederlandse rechten zijn verkocht aan Ravenous! Onze eerste buitenlandse editie!

Good news! House House sold the Dutch rights to Ravenous! Our first foreign edition!

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Book Passage

February 10th, 2011 — 5:46pm

When you publish a book, you send it out in to the world, work hard to let people know about it, and hope for the best. Ultimately, you do not have control over who reviews it or how many copies it sells.

Which is why I made myself a promise from the very start that I would be embrace all the good things that come my way, big and small, and be grateful for them.

Last night was one such great moment. At my reading at Book Passage in the Ferry Building in SF, the store manager, Ron, got up to introduce me. He said that the best memoirs are those that help us reflect on our families and our lives, and then proceeded to read a few pages from my chapter on a Passover seder. Ron is in his sixties and is Asian, and as he began to read, he began to cry, and then I began to cry. Because it was such a gift to me to see that my words could move another person. He is a lovely man and Book Passage is a wonderful store. Here are some photos:

This is my book displayed against the setting sun with the Bay Bridge in the background (cue the trumpets).

Here is me reading. (I forgot my reading glasses and had to borrow a pair from the store).

Let us praise and support independent bookstores!

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My First Book Event!

February 4th, 2011 — 5:18pm

I had a wonderful time yesterday at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, where I was interviewed by food writer and editor Dianne Jacob. Friends, old and new, came out to cheer me on and I am grateful to everyone who came.

Here’s a picture of me on stage:

Here’s a picture of my children striking authorial poses:

Here’s Ben Gaunt from Books Inc. selling books:

And here’s the wonderful food made by Bill Briscoe from the Bread Workshop, who is also featured in the book:

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Goings On in Berkeley

February 3rd, 2011 — 11:59am

Here’s an interview I did with Anneli Rufus in the East Bay Express.

And I’ll be interviewed tonight at the Hillside Club in Berkeley with writer and editor Dianne Jacob.

Bill Briscoe from the Bread Workshop will be making his famous brioche, which is featured in the book, this time, rumor has it, filled with duck and mushrooms!

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Interview on Hay House Radio

February 2nd, 2011 — 11:36am

Here’s my interview on Hay House Radio with host Diane Ray.

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Pub Date!

February 1st, 2011 — 8:54am

I’m not exactly sure what a pub date means anymore, but mine is today! I woke up to a nice mention in the Washington Post, and a cup of excellent Blue Bottle java made by my best mate Scott.

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