Cool Stuff – Food Heroes
“The Night Before the Dove Hunt”

One of the things I’ve liked most about this book tour, are the in between moments. The things I’ve done on the way to the book events. The night before the delta dove hunt is one of my favorite nights of the year. It is full of food, and laughter, and guitar blues, and whiskey, and food, and cigars, and food. It is full of ribs soaked in apple juice […]

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“New York City Book Party”

There’s something special about celebrating a book where it all began. I’ve been to all of these cities in the past few weeks, but New York is my true home, where this personal odyssey all began. And so it was nice to be there, to be home, and celebrate with my old friends and family and new friends I’ve made along the way. The event kind of floored me to […]

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“Mary Ellen to Wellesley and Everything In Between”

This morning I went to visit my great-aunt’s freshman year roommate. But more than that, her lifelong best friend. Her name is Mary Ellen. My great-aunt Gray was a very special and unique character, and if you’ve read the first few sentences of Food Heroes you’ll see what I mean. Mary Ellen and Aunt Gray spent their entire lives diligently corresponding via snail mail and would pay each other visits […]

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“The Road From Rhinbeck to Fox and Everything In Between”

Tonight I drove home to Tulipwood in a thunderstorm. It rained so hard it was as if the earth just needed to let it all out. We all need to let it out sometimes. There was lightening too. Big thunderbolts flashing over the George Washington Bridge. Normally I dislike traffic, but tonight something was different. My dad got home from the hospital two days ago and when I walked into […]

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“Sparkill Book Party”

I’m not sure where to begin, but to put it quite simply, this is the story of “Camp Chaos.” It’s been a fun, whirlwind of a book tour so far, lots of plane rides and new faces, and public speaking, and sweaty palms, and good parties. And lots of book signing. I don’t have writers cramp yet. I’ve decided that I never will. But somewhere between the dewy air of […]

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“Greta Garbo, Me & A Bottle of Whiskey”

It all started when someone told me I sounded like Greta Garbo. I blamed it on the cotton fields of Arkansas where I’d spent the weekend, but I now think the cotton fields are innocent. Let me back track for a moment. I had a book shindig at Omnivore Books in San Francisco last night. My friends came in full form. They even brought backup. It was very nice of […]

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“One Rockin’ Night”

Last night was the evening of the century. Well, the evening of my century. My friends at Eventbrite threw a party called “An Evening with Food Heroes” to celebrate Bay area culinary artisans and to celebrate the release of my book. It was at Terroir, which is my new favorite place. It has so much charm, and a meaningful wine list with a story behind each wine. And it’s run […]

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“Lake Village Book Party”

Over the weekend I went to Lake Village, Arkansas for a book signing. It is home of Rhoda Adams, chapter thirteen. It is also home of Paul Michael Company and my friends Debbie and Paul Michael who hosted a book event for me at their wildly popular store. How popular you ask? This is the parking lot. There weren’t any spaces to park. We had to go behind the warehouse. […]

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“An Evening With Food Heroes”

I want to tell you about an event next week that you’ll love. It’s called “An Evening With Food Heroes.” I’ve been planning it with Eventbrite all Summer and the time is finally here. It’s a chance for you to meet some of the most delectable culinary artisans in the Bay Area, all in one place, on one night, in one cozy place called Terroir. And there will be wine […]

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“It Was Stellar”

I survived my very first book event tonight. Thanks to the generosity of Elliot Bay Books and their wonderful customers. And also thanks to Jon Rowley, who took photos for me when I asked him to, and talked when I asked him to, and demonstrated, and smiled and nodded and was generally very agreeable. And one other thing. Elliot Bay Books is the most beautiful store. It’s very lofty with […]

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