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Me I am a writer by trade but the majority of my time is spent reading and cooking. I have a bachelors degree in English literature and a thorough, yet entirely informal, training in the kitchen from my parents, aunts, and uncles.

Regarding food: I was raised with giant gardens in our backyards, eating as much as we could, giving away a lot, and canning, drying, and freezing the rest. Also, I was a vegetarian for a very long time and have since integrated meat back into my diet; I am still exploring and learning about meats. I am fairly adventurous with what I try and I love sharing my experiments, both successes and failures, with my friends.

Regarding books: The first thing I do upon moving to a new place is find the nearest library and get a library card. I read everything I can get my hands on and often find myself talking far too long about a given author or current favorite novel. I love academic essays and so-called high-brow literature, but I also love the joy of picking up a novel without the interruption of scholarly, preconceived notions. My tastes tend towards modern and contemporary fiction, poetry, and experimental electronic literature, but I spend plenty of time reading and discussing a lot of other genres too.

Thanks for taking the time to visit the site! Grab a tasty snack and stay a while.

Comments (5)

  1. Brit

    I found this and thought you’d enjoy it.

    Neil Gaiman

    1 Write.

    2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

    3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

    4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

    5 Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

    6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

    7 Laugh at your own jokes.

    8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ¬≠honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

    from http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

  2. S. Garvey

    JSB: Just heard about your blog. It is wonderful. Going out today, if possible, and find Kitchen Banana. You are missed! Look forward to seeing you and C soon!! Auntie S

  3. Brit

    So I found this blog: http://kirbiecravings.com/

    And I thought you would appreciate it. I greatly appreciate the multitude of recipes they have that feature Nutella.

  4. Christine

    I am enjoying your blog! LOVED the Chicken and Dumpling soup!

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