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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Never cook naked.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Paris for buzz, maybe Telluride for peace. Or Santa Fe. Oh, and Prince Edward Island. In the summer.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My birth mother. She saw that she couldn't provide for me and gave me up for adoption. I can't imagine making that choice.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Chipmunks. You have to live as rurally as Bruce and I do to understand.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Writing--which means I'm happy a lot. Perfect? I don't know. But happy as in contented? You bet. I don't understand the Hollywood myth about the tortured writer. When I get a cup of tea and sit down at my desk, looking out at the New England woods beyond but also facing that blank screen on my computer, I'm as happy as I ever am. It also doesn't hurt to have a collie sleeping nearby. Or the person you love making lunch in the kitchen.
November 28, 2011Bruce and I have had so much fun giving interviews and talking to people about our book busting 101 cooking myths: LOBSTERS SCREAM WHEN YOU BOIL THEM. We've even hosted a few culinary trivia challenge games at bookstores across the country. What a blast!
One question comes up all the time: how'd you make the book so funny?
The secret? There are two of us. You know the hardest thing? Being funny alone. Sure, you can crack yourself up once in a while. But most of the time, you're just amusing yourself. Other people won't think it's very funny. It's too insidery, too personal.
But comedy usually gets written in teams. Because you... see more