Archive • January 2008

Agretti and fishmongers


I’ve been meaning to write about this green mineraly herb/vegetable I tasted in Siena last spring. It was sauteed and drizzled with a spicy olive oil made by Gianni Brunelli (who also makes wonderful Brunello di Montalcino). When I asked Frances Mayes about my new vegetable love, she wrote: Ah, you discovered agretti!! Some people say ...

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at the acme, dawlin’

karl and herman acme

I’ve just landed in New Orleans and am making a quick stop at the Acme Oyster House on the way in from the airport for Oysters on the half shell and a few (dozen) chargrilled….Even though I devoured dozens of Totten Virginicas at Grand Central Oyster Bar during several recent trips to NYC, there’s nothing ...

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In Search of Tiara in Texas

kathy and me

Just landed and am in the town of Jefferson as a guest of Kathy Patrick and the Pulpwood Queens for Girlfriend Weekend. It seems big hair and tiaras are mandatory here… This morning’s notes: It’s fascinating to listen to other writers as they try to describe the solitary and difficult writing process. I was mesmerized by Deborah ...

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The Tattered Cover

patti tattered cover

I arrived in the mile high city feeling pretty low–the olive leaf and vitamin c (see photo below) did not want to cooperate with my book tour. But from the minute I arrived in Denver, met by Beth, my absolutely charming media escort (who assured me almost every author on tour gets sick) to the ...

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Porca Miseria

porca miseria

These are the Italian words Frances Mayes wrote to me yesterday when I emailed that I was sick, sick, sick, and that this was just the beginning of my book tour. Pig Misery or Dirty Pig, either translation is good for the way I’m feeling. For those who think book touring is all glamour, have ...

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Book Launch for Trail of Crumbs


It started yesterday with flowers… at Southern Progress Corporation where I work as food editor for Cottage Living magazine. I could not have asked for a better launch party to start my tour, headed up by Jeanetta Keller and Jake Reiss of Alabama Booksmith and Grand Central Publishing. Thanks to everyone at SPC who came out ...

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Paris late fall early winter

paris hat

I am about to go on book tour with the release of Trail of Crumbs, which was yesterday. Before heading out, I wanted to post some belated words and images from a recent trip to Paris…              

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platanos verdes y tamarindo

Ahhh, tostones. It’s a great midnight snack. Use green plantains, cut on the bias and fry once for about 3-ish minutes. Remove from the oil and smash with a can of tuna, with just the right twist of the wrist. Fry them again in oil that’s not too hot…Everything’s better fried, so twice fried is ...

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