MattBites, Gastronomie

Thanks to Matt at MattBites for hosting me today on the Virtual Book Tour. Tomorrow we visit Fatemeh at Gastronomie for a LIVE CHAT. This is a chance for you, loyal reader, to ask me questions LIVE. The times for the chat are 9 to 9:30 am PST & 4 to 4:30 pm PST. I’m going to go practice my emoticons. :) :p ;)

Corks, Knives, Hearts and Boys

Today, the Virtual Book Tour takes us on two stops. The first stop is Cork and Knife where site proprietor Chip Griffin asked me some really great questions which I enjoyed answering. His readers asked me even more questions in the comments which I’m about to answer over there, so be in the lookout for that. Stop #2 is one of my favorite music blogs, Largehearted Boy. I was deeply flattered to be asked to write a Book Notes essay–an essay in which I discuss the music that motivated the book. Instead of that, though, I shared the music I like to cook to and paired specific recipes with specific albums. Don’t judge me for my show tunes.

Book Updates

I can finally share with you some good news: Borders has selected my book as one of its best Original Voices for September. So if you pop into a Borders anytime soon, come visit my book on the Original Voices shelf. It’ll sing you a song.

Our Virtual Book Tour continues today on Eater which gives the book a mention.

Rockin’ Robyn


Look up! It’s Robyn, The Girl Who Ate Everything, and we’re visiting her blog today as we end the first week of the Virtual Book Tour. You’ll read all about our Korean bean curd adventure and see some wonderful pictures (much better than the picture you see above). Thank you, Robyn, for hosting me! And everyone else: don’t forget to buy a thousand copies of the book this weekend. They come in handy as party favors, birthday presents, divorce settlements… you’ll thank me later.

Gluten-Free Gushing

In case you were wondering what happened to the virtual book tour today, our beloved Pim of Chez Pim–who was supposed to host me today–is trapped in a hurricane. So we’ll postpone Pim until she’s back to safety, and in the meantime Shauna our beloved Gluten-Free Girl put up her post a day early. What a flattering rave for the book! I’ll be available here and there to take any reader questions, if you have any. [In the meantime, tomorrow I’m headed to Philadelphia to do “A Chef’s Table” on WHYY-FM; it’s syndicated to 17 public radio stations across the country, so check your local listings. I’ve always wanted to say that.]

Tuesdays with Ruhlman

Our Virtual Book Tour continues today over at with a highly in-depth interview. I don’t normally suffer fools gladly, but for him I made an exception. Enjoy!

The Virtual Book Tour Starts Today

Hey, it’s Labor Day and most of you are off on vacation but for those of you who are home and eager to learn more about me and the book, check out my first stop on my Virtual Book Tour over at Serious Eats. You’ll learn all about my phobias, my process, and what makes a Jellicle cat. And make sure to watch the sidebar of the blog (beneath the book picture) for updates on where I’m at as I tour around the internet. Have a great Labor Day!

A Queens Odyssey: Lunch at S’Agapo with The Daily News


A few weeks ago, when the new design arrived to my site, I received a comment from a reader named Eric who couldn’t believe, when perusing my new Restaurant Reviews section that I hadn’t yet been to Queens. Eager to remedy this, I wrote him an e-mail and asked him where I should go. He quickly responded and said: “I have been to a number of Astoria Greek places (S’Agapo and Taverna Kyclades) that are really solid.”

So when Rachel Wharton of The Daily News contacted me to do a story about the book (the story is live today–read it here!) I immediately suggested we meet at S’agapo for lunch and Rachel kindly agreed.

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