behind the scenes with Marc Forgione and a giveaway

Marc Forgione photoshoot

Note this drawing is now closed. I’ve been counting the days until April 29th for a while now. The first cookbook by Iron Chef Marc Forgione (cleverly titled Marc Forgione) was a long time in the works. The photo shoot for example happened well over a year and a half ago. If you see the book in person, you’ll understand right away why this book took so long to produce. The Daily News calls it “epic,” and I’d have to agree. Continue reading

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congrats to Gluten-Free Girl

Chili-lime stir-fry

It’s not often I brag on my blog about stuff like this, but I prefer to think of it as a congratulations. The James Beard Awards are coming up in May, and one of the books I published last year is a finalist — Gluten-Free Girl Every Day. What makes it extra special for me is that publishing the book felt like Continue reading

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behind the scenes with Ellie Krieger and a giveaway

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Note: This drawing is now closed. A lot of the work I do is solo. I sit at my desk typing emails, editing manuscripts, reviewing layouts, and more. It suits well my introverted side. The photo shoots I art direct are entirely different. On set things are sometimes loud, occasionally stressful, always very creative, and most of all, it’s a team effort. The photo shoot for Ellie Krieger’s amazing new book, Weeknight Wonders, was no exception. Continue reading

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bourbon-bacon macaroons


There are few things I’ve made in my life which have generated quite as much interest in such a short time as these. It started out simple. My friend Catherine, co-founder of Luca & Bosco (omg, try their ice cream immediately), was having a bacon-themed holiday party. I was going to make a pork adobo with bacon, but then Continue reading

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cheese ball time

cheese balls

Talking about the photo shoot for Great Balls of Cheese wasn’t enough. I had to try my hand at making some at home. Of course my decorating skills aren’t very impressive, so I went with one of the more “traditional” balls. But what it may lack in prettiness, it more than made up for in flavor. Continue reading

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