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Delicious! A Novel, By Ruth Reichl

  Ruth Reichl’s debut novel takes us on a delightful foodie journey with Billie, a young woman with an unmatched palate, a drool-worthy new job and a heart that needs mending. I fell head over heels in love with Ruth Reichl’s 2005 memoir Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. Her careful, intentional word choices tease the senses and bring us into the moments she has experienced in her life—it’s a gift that’s unmatched by so many other authors I’ve read (even on Twitter). Cool. Gray. Damp. Winter’s on its way. A soup morning. Avgolemono: sunny…

Value Of Lifelong Learning

  In the early days of my blogging, I was jealously happily watching the live tweets from Alice Currah, who was attending the 2010 International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) in Seattle. One of her tweets 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 believe I’d been in great need of always 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 interested me. I ordered it…

30 Fun Books To Read

  I’ve always enjoyed reading. I easily get sucked into stories, completely unaware of my physical surroundings, and utterly ensconced in the words on the pages. There’s no better feeling than not being able to put a book down. To finishing a fun novel in one curled-up-on-the-couch-with-a-blanket sitting (a-hem, I’m looking at you Harry Potter and Hunger Games). To enjoying a completely UNserious series simply because it’s easy to read, and the story is fun and magical, and completely different than real life. My early obsessions began with Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and Nancy Drew. (In fact, part…

Why You Should Join A Book Club

  When life gets hectic and deadlines loom, reading can be one of the first things to fall off the radar. Especially reading for pleasure. I am a self-proclaimed book geek. Ever since I was a child I’ve devoured books. In my opinion, there is nothing (AT ALL) more satisfying than spending a rainy day curled up with a page-turner. Oddly enough, until recently I’ve not been a part of an organized reading effort. I had no idea what I was missing. Reasons To Join A Book Club It’s a break from everyday life. Books and book clubs can pull you up out of…

The Scarlet Letter Society Visits Frederick, MD!

  Did you know that Downtown Frederick is the setting for a steamy 50 Shades-ish type of novel? Surprised? So was I. The book in question is called The Scarlet Letter Society and it centers around three women who live in Keytown (ahem) and gather together each month to discuss love, life, literature and their infidelities. Right?! The author of that naughty little ditty is Mary McCarthy, former Fredericktonian, lifelong writer/editor, professional blogger and friend to some of the Pursuit gals. Mary visited Frederick on her book tour and held a book signing at Curious Iguana, this girl’s favorite independent bookstore in the…