• "Will Write for Food," by Dianne Jacob

    4 Takeaways After Reading Will Write for Food

    In the early days of blogging I was jealously happily watching the live tweets from food blogger, Alice Currah, who was attending the International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) in Seattle, Wash., in 2010. One of her tweets in the stream said something to the effect of: “Will Write for Food is one of the best/only food writing books.” It felt serendipitous at the time, although in retrospect I think I had been in great need of wanted a book to better my writing, it’s just that I didn’t realize there was one out there so specific to the type of writing that interests me. I ordered Will Write for Food within minutes of reading Alice’s…

  • Best & Worst Halloween Candy

    I was reading an article on HuffingtonPost.com yesterday that made its rounds on Twitter: Taking Candy From Strangers: The Best & Worst Halloween Treats. It made me think about the stash I used to end up with at the end of a night of trick-or-treating, and how some candy was irresistible, while others seemed to linger in the Halloween bucket until Easter.Here’s my take on the best & worst…Halloween candy: ULTIMATE FAVORITE Regular Size Double-Pack Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups LINGERING LOSER Root Beer Barrels PS: I also hate candy corn. I know, I’m a rebel.

  • Reading: "Admission"

    I’m in a small book club with a few girlfriends and we meet as often as we’re able to breeze through books. That’s the upside to being in a smaller club; we’re not tied to a specific time frame to finish each book. The downside to being laid-back is that when you have a “so-so” book, it can take forever for the group to finish…and sometimes we just give up, meet anyway, and move on to the next book. Last year one of my picks was the book Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It seemed like a good choice, even to the scrutinizing New Yorker: Portia Nathan is a thirty-eight-year-old…

  • Cinema: "Eat, Pray, Love"

    I have a confession to make. Eat, Pray, Love is sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust, unread past the middle of “Pray.” Unlike the woman at the bookstore, I haven’t grown bored of the book. I just ran out of time after vacation in early August, with all the other mayhem life brings. I will finish it; that’s a promise. In the mean time, however, I gave in to the impulse to see the movie version – and it was pretty good! I happen to like Julia Roberts, and there’s a lot of Julia in this movie, so for those that don’t…well…you might not enjoy it as much. Similar to…

  • Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Not since Under the Tuscan Sun have I read a book that has made me want to cook, travel, and eat every simple Italian dish in sight. That is, until I picked up Eat, Pray, Love the other day at the bookstore. I’ll be honest, I want to see the movie, it actually looks good. Plus, I do really like Julia Roberts, and the fact that I want to see the movie is the main reason I chose the book (I’d like to read it before watching it). But so far the book is proving to be very good, especially the first third, which mainly takes place in Italy where Liz eats…