Jenny Nelson

JENNY NELSON lives with her husband, twin daughters and dog in Millbrook, NY and Manhattan, where she was editor and producer at iVillage.com, Vogue.com and Style.com. This is her first novel.

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Step inside GEORGIA'S KITCHEN with Jenny Nelson

A head chef at a top NYC restaurant and engaged, Georgia's life seems perfect. When suddenly dumped and fired, she goes to Italy to reassess her life.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be your own girl (or boy)! I'm constantly saying this to my twin six-year-old daughters, but it's something we should all try to remember.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. A sense of humor, honesty, compassion

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Do you know what I mean," "exactly" and/or "totally."

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Grilled chicken ceasar salad -- it's the perfect meal in a bowl

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. My entire extended family (dogs included, of course) together on a sunny, summer day enjoying a delicious al fresco meal that we've all helped to prepare. There'd have to be a selection of amazing cheese, a bottle or two of rose, grilled fish, a bunch of salads made with veggies from the garden, and my favorite dessert: my mom's angel food cake with mocha filling, whipped cream frosting and dark chocolate shavings. Oh, and berries, too, because every dessert tastes better with berries.

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