My goal is to create fresh, innovative meals using the best possible ingredients, a range of spices, and plenty of fresh herbs. I'm a proponent of natural meats, seasonal menus and simple cooking methods. As a gardener who grew up on a ranch in Idaho with pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, and goats, I know precisely what goes into creating great ingredients and what they taste like. I've also been lucky enough to do my share of traveling, with plenty of eating and drinking along the way.
"Poulet," my second cookbook, came out in November 2011 from Chronicle Books. It's a global take on chicken dedicated to thighs, whole birds and fresh, irresistible side dishes. (It's the first chicken cookbook without a single recipe calling for plain old boneless breast!) You'll find five chapters and over fifty recipes for chicken including American Chicken, Latin Chicken, Bistro Chicken, South Asian Chicken, East Asian Chicken and Middle Eastern Chicken.
My first cookbook, "The New Steak" (2008) focuses on skirt steak, hangar steak and all the side dishes that make cooking a steak so worthwhile. It's a good choice if you love meat but you're tired of the same-old creamed spinach and potato sides or if you're weary of buying steaks that cost more than your watch.
Before I wrote my first cookbook, I ran my own baking business, Pink Frosting, and taught writing at New York University. I was born in Aspen and moved to central Idaho when I was 11-years-old. After several years in Vermont (my B.A. is from Middlebury College), my husband, Dwight Garner, and I moved to Manhattan where I completed my Ph.D. in American Studies. I now live with my family in Frenchtown, New Jersey alongside the big, beautiful Delaware River.