Naomi Hirahara at the Japanese American National Museum

Continuing our monthlong strawberry obsession, author Naomi Hirahara will be at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, March 30,  to discuss Strawberry Yellow in the context of her Japanese American background.…

Notes From a Cookbook Photo Shoot & Beyond

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to help out  at a photo shoot for our upcoming fall cookbook Who Wants Seconds? by caterer extraordinaire Jennie Cook. The book will be filled with Jennie’s whimsical illustrations as an avid visual journaler.…

Who Wants Seconds: The Blog

Attention cooks, food lovers, entertainers, and artists: We've just launched a new blog, WhoWantsSecondsCookbook.com, and we hope you'll check it out regularly. Over the next seven months, we'll be sharing stories, photos, recipes, and excerpts…

Apostrophes & Irish Blarney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: What’s in a name? An apostrophe, that’s what. It isn’t unusual for Colleen and me to take a meeting and have a new acquaintance comment on the very - well - Irishness of our names and demeanors. And let’s…

This Old House

Describe a house that you have either lived in or fear living in. This is a writing prompt that I often use when leading memoir-writing workshops. It works because space and time is usually defined. There’s ample opportunity to use…