Tag Archives forwomen’s fiction

New book!

We’ve been tussling over the title of my next book for Bantam, but I’m happy to say I now have both a title and a date!  Look for THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET in May 2014. It’s the story of four food bloggers who meet at a lavender farm and discover …well, you’ll just […]

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June 11, 2013

The delights of British food

The Brits get a bad name over food, but I’m here to say there is a lot that’s lovely about British cooking. Saveur Magazine has a feature today on their website about British Pub Food.  I receive their emails and clicked right through to find this lovely menu: Welsh Rabbit, which I thought for years was […]

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January 26, 2011

Starred review from Library Journal

This made me very happy indeed! Library Journal (Starred review) O’Neal, Barbara. How To Bake a Perfect Life. Bantam. Dec. 2010. 398p. ISBN 9780553386776. pap. $15. “Forty-year-old bread maker Ramona Gallagher owns a boulangerie in Colorado Springs, though independence from her restaurateur family members has put a crimp in her financial well-being and in their […]

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December 10, 2010

Book club picture

Almost finished with the new book.  In the meantime, I thought you might like this picture.  The Book Babes book club read The Lost Recipe for Happiness and sent me some pictures of their feast.  Thanks, Diane!   (I love the attention to detail, don’t you?) I’d love to post more.  Send me yours!

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April 27, 2010

Pain Grenoblois, or how I spent the afternoon

Raisin Nut Bread, made from a pate Viennoise starter, a little rye flour, and the liquide levain I’ve been working and working with. I also soaked the raisins in orange juice and a little bit of vanilla.  Isn’t it beautiful? I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast tomorrow!

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January 4, 2010

Pancake kisses, bacon hugs

THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING is out today! To celebrate, a love song to breakfast. PANCAKE KISSES, BACON HUGS Why breakfast is the secret of everything I suppose I should confess upfront that I am a morning person. I wake up cheery, chatty and at the very first fingers of sunlight creeping over the horizon. I […]

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December 29, 2009

Giveaway! Salt of the earth…the sea…the mountains

  12 days until the release of THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING  (Tuesday, December 29), and to celebrate, here is another little giveaway.  The Secret of Everything is centered in a little town that has, quite by accident, become a center of food culture.  One of the characters in the book is 8-year-old Natalie, who is […]

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December 18, 2009

Win a free ARC of THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING

THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING will be out in 27 26 days! Reader feedback so far has been extraordinary (check out the comments at GoodReads.com), and I’m very excited for everyone to read Tessa’s story.

To celebrate, I’ll offering a some little contests and giveaways over the next few weeks. This is the first one. I am giving away FOUR free ARCs of THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING. As soon as I draw names, I’ll run to the post office and mail them out, so you will have it by next Friday.

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December 3, 2009

Slow Cooked, Chunky, Spicy Apple Butter

Technically, I suppose, apple butter is smooth. I originally made this recipe last winter and pureed it afterward. Since, however, my main use for this particular condiment is in my morning oatmeal, I have found I much prefer it to be left chunky. Recipe is adapted from one I found at The Art of Homemaking.

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November 13, 2009

Day of the Dead Bread and Chocolate

In The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal, chef Elena Alvarez has good reasons to celebrate The Day of the Dead with great gusto. Here are two recipes, one for Mayan Hot Chocolate, and one for Pan de Muerto.

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October 31, 2009
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