Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

August 02nd, 2017 | Category: Cakes, Cookbook, Fruit


Would you believe me if I say that my favorite recipe in The Artful Baker doesn’t have chocolate or caramel in it? It isn’t one of the many ice cream recipes either. I can almost hear you gasp. I know, I wasn’t expecting it either. Considering that there is a chocolate cake using over a pound of chocolate (the one on the cover), this is a big ...

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Strawberry, White Chocolate and Yogurt Tart

Strawberry, White Chocolate and Yogurt Tart

June 09th, 2017 | Category: Cookbook, Fruit, Tarts and Pies


It is rare that I manage to publish a recipe for a fruit dessert before the fruit’s season is over. Almost always, by the time I’m done with the recipe testing, the photos, and the headnote, the season is long gone. I stash away everything in a folder filled with incomplete posts and when the time comes the following year, I either don’t like the photos as ...

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The Artful Baker

The Artful Baker

April 12th, 2017 | Category: Cookbook


The day has come. It’s finally time to announce that my labor of love and obsession for the last seven years, titled The Artful Baker (and aptly subtitled Extraordinary Recipes From an Obsessive Home Baker), will be published by Abrams in October of this year! It’s also finally time to tell you what I’ve been up to for the past two years. I have to go back six ...

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Fave dei morti + Tasting Rome Giveaway

Fave dei morti + Tasting Rome Giveaway

April 04th, 2016 | Category: Cookbook, Cookies


Julia Child once said: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” I’d like to add to that that they also make the best food writers. I know very few people who loves to eat more than my dear friend Katie Parla, whose latest book, Tasting Rome, hit the shelves last week. Today, I’m giving away one copy of Tasting Rome and three exclusive gifts to a ...

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San Francisco Travel Notes – Japantown, Pacific Heights and Marina

San Francisco Travel Notes – Japantown, Pacific Heights and Marina

November 16th, 2015 | Category: Restaurants, Travel


The moment I arrive at my hotel in San Francisco, I throw my suitcases into the room, wash my face and I’m out the door. I don’t care how tired and swollen I get after a 14-hour flight. There is no time to waste. Out of the hotel, I take a right. Twenty steps later, I’m standing in front of the coziest and best manicured public park my ...

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