Event: Performance for Writers in Seattle

Public speaking is the world’s leading phobia. Although writers tend to be bookish types, at some point you’ll need to discuss or read your work in front of an audience, be interviewed on TV or radio, or take part in a discussion panel. In this busy session, you’ll learn (and practice!) how to speak into a mic, do a public reading, read an audience, handle a Q&A, and use comedy techniques to win over a crowd and even … [Read more...]

“Hungry for Words” Food Writing Weekend July 22-23

Registration is open for the two-day introduction to food writing weekend "Hungry for Words." I'll be teaching this intensive, hands-on session at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Cost is $337 for Hugo House members, $375 for non-members. I also provide a light breakfast both days, lunch on Saturday and an afternoon snack. Class size is limited to 15 and it generally sells out, so if you're interested, jump on it right … [Read more...]

I’m Big in Japan. Really.

A couple months ago, I began to notice a lot of Japanese folks trying to friend me on Facebook. I couldn’t figure it out. Then, I got an email overnight on Sunday that explained it all. My second book, “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School,” was recently published in Japan. Apparently, it’s doing so well there that it just went into its fourth printing. Coincidentally, my niece Sarah is living in Tokyo studying Japanese … [Read more...]

Shelf Life: 15 Food Books of 2015

For years, I've been threatening to start a podcast. In October, I attended an inspiring weekend hosted by Feet in Two Worlds and promptly went and bought a Zoom H5, a mic and started contacting food writers I admired to come sit in my kitchen and chat. I'm launching the podcast in January, but I decided I couldn't wait to share the books crafted by some of the lovely folks who I've talked to already for the audio show, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Popovers from ‘The Homemade Kitchen’

 I've long been fascinated by popovers and for this, I blame Dorothy Parker. For those unfamiliar, Dorothy was a fabulously wry writer who was among the founding members of "the vicious circle" of writers who made up The Algonquin Roundtable in New York. Starting in 1919, the group of thirty newspaper and magazine writers met almost daily for lunch over the course of about ten years to share gossip, jokes and … [Read more...]

Awesome Month-Long Giveaway for the Paperback of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good on August 25th, I'll be doing a drawing each Monday from August 31st to September 28th for a whole slew of awesome prizes. Yay! How to enter: For each social media mention, you'll get an entry. You can get up to three entries each day. I'll draw from the pool of all entries each Monday. the goal is to promote the book via social … [Read more...]

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

"I'm Swedish, which makes me sexy, and I'm Irish which makes me want to talk about it." That's the first line from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, my third book, coming to paperback on August 25th. Same content, just cheaper, so get yours today! The book was a Michigan Notable Book, and a finalist in the prestigious IACP Awards and the Goodreads Choice Awards. I'm delighted to report the first official review from … [Read more...]

Grief and Gratitude, Under a Sky So Blue

I stared at my closet and wondered. What do you wear to the funeral of your favorite cousin, more like a brother, really, but you hadn’t seen him in nearly 20 years? On top of it, what does a person pack to go home to a hometown about which you’ve penned a book yet had not been there to visit in just as long? This is where I found myself on April 30th, 2014, one year ago today. Richard “Richey” Fridline was one of those … [Read more...]