Category The Book Shelf

Virginia Willis says we should Lighten Up so let’s have Peach Soup!

I met Virginia at a book launch party for Anne Willan. Virginia was one of Anne’s star pupils at her renowned culinary school La Varenne, and Virginia has gone on to create an illustrious career as a chef and author. What I first noticed about Virginia was she was seemingly a bit shy and she […]

Maureen’s Eggplant with Lamb, Tomato, and Pine Nuts

I have been checking my Amazon pre-order status for months in great anticipation of Maureen Abood’s new book, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. And then yesterday, it finally arrived! I feel like a new mother…so excited, so proud and so wanting to share the news with the world!  You would think I actually gave birth […]

Louis Zamperini’s Life-Saving Recipe

The best-selling novel Unbroken tells the true story of an inspirational man, Louis Zamperini,  who persevered through unbelievable hardship and forgave every mistreatment he suffered. When the invitation came inviting me to hear him speak, it went into my calendar in pen. I wouldn’t miss it. It was a private engagement at a house in Portola […]

Foolproof Favorites From Famous Chefs: Pork Tenderloin

It would be impossible to remember the thousands of recipes I have tried over the years. And it is exceedingly rare that my family loves a new dish prepared exactly as the recipe is written. I search high and low, year after year, for new recipes.  If I like the way one sounds, I will […]