The competition

Did you know there’s another book about feeding kids, with stories and recipes, that also has a chapter about Cornish pasties? It’s true, and this book has four kids in it instead of one. Too Many Cooks, by Emily Franklin. I won’t spoil my favorite quote from one of her kids, but it’s the one where he accuses Mom of trying to kill him.

And for anyone who missed it last time, The Dinner Diaries by Betsy Block is still funny and believable, if health-foodish (which helps make it believable).

Meanwhile, if you’re still interested in Hungry Monkey, which is hard to imagine, you have three more opportunities to see me, and then I am going back into my lead-lined sarcophagus.

  • June 18, 2009, 5pm-6pm, Queen Anne Farmers Market (corner of Queen Anne Ave and Crockett): Signing.

  • July 11, 2009, 10am, University District Farmers Market (Seattle): Cooking demo.

  • July 22, 2009, 6pm-9pm, Palace Ballroom: “Foodportunity” with Mina Williams, Nancy Leson, Rebekah Denn, Ronald Holden. $25. Buy tickets.

10 thoughts on “The competition

  1. Jess

    Did I hear an interview with you on NPR? I’ve got your book on hold at my local library – can’t wait to read it!

  2. Makifish

    At the risk of appearing a bit too eager I would like to detail why I haven’t been able to put your book down (and it’s not just because I aspire to be you when I grow up).

    A) Clear reverence for bacon. B) Bread and Jam for Francis. C) Seattle. D) Remedy Teas. Yes, I read acknowledgments.

    Your book was preceded by Barabara Kingsolver who made me feel like an offspring of Satan because I don’t produce all of my own food. So this line, “A diet based on values other than taste is, to use the swear word of the moment, unsustainable” (Amster-Burton, 33), made me tear up, and allowed me to feel human again.

    Thanks to you (and Iris!) for such a fun and thoughtful read.

  3. Misha

    Speaking of which, I wondered if you had ever read either of Laurie Colwin’s “Home Cooking” books? She mentions stary-gazey pie in one, and I once made the mistake of Googling an image. Uck.

  4. mamster Post author

    Yes, I’m a fan of both Home Cooking books. Very readable and down-to-earth.

  5. Michelle

    So, I have just finished your lip smacking book. I’ve written down your book recommendations and will get to them in time – am particularly keen for more pasty talk – but I am reticent to start another book quite yet so as to savor the taste of Hungry Monkey as long as I can. Its like finishing the last strip of crispy bacon: you don’t want to put anything else in your mouth until the very last remnant of its flavor has disappeared. Thank you for a wonderful read. Oh, and my 16 month old thanks you for her first strip of crispy bacon. She’s a fan.

  6. Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food.

    I loved reading your book. But the thing that stayed with me the most is your confessing that you have very little in common with a (your) little girl and have no guilt feelings about it. It helped me A LOT that day as a mother – lot’s of guilt feelings, you know… – to a 6 years old boy. Gosh, I read that page on the right day and it helped me laugh and snap out of it. Thanks!

  7. mamster Post author

    Awesome, Nurit, thanks. I guess there are no Bad Dad books like there are Bad Mommy books, since Bad Dads are, like, really bad.

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