Launch Day!

I just HAPPENED to pass by our neighborhood Taqueria del Sol this morning as I was walking the dog and there it was, standing on the counter: the first copy of Turnip Greens & Tortillas, ready to be purchased! So I handed the leash to my husband and tapped on the door as they were […]

Cooking Live With Eddie and the AJC!

Atlanta Journal-Constitution food editor Ligaya Figueras invited Eddie and me to join her yesterday for a Facebook Live cooking session to introduce Turnip Greens & Tortillas to the public before it officially launches April 10. Eddie made his famous turnip greens and queso dip, as well as Natilla, the vanilla- and cinnamon-infused custard he recalls […]


The warm-up to this day Eddie Hernandez and I have been working toward for seven years has already been exhilarating, and I am so grateful for all the wonderful support and kind words we’ve received. But Tuesday’s when the fun really begins, as that’s when Turnip Greens & Tortillas officially arrives at a bookstore near […]

Woo Hoo! Garden and Gun Club

We are thrilled that Eddie Hernandez and our new book was featured in the April/May 2018 Garden and Gun Magazine! Hear what my husband Ralph had to say: It’s easy to describe Taqueria del Sol chef Eddie Hernandez in anecdotes. There are dozens of them, many repeated by Eddie himself. Actually capturing the whole, complicated […]

Seven Years and Hundreds of Fish Tacos Ago

Seven years and hundreds of fish tacos ago, #chefeddiehernandez and I had our first conversation at Taqueria del Sol about the possibility of writing a cookbook together. Three years and many proposal revisions passed before book editor extraordinaire Rux Martin of @hmhcooks offered us a deal. Then we spent 3 1/2 more years writing and […]

Cocktails & Castoffs: A Cookbook From Dig, Issue 01

I serve on the advisory board for DIG Development in Gardening, a remarkable grassroots nonprofit that helps villagers in impoverished, HIV-ravaged areas of Africa start and maintain sustainable community gardens. Each year, I work with volunteers in hosting a fundraiser where top Atlanta chefs are challenged to produce zero-waste dishes to tell a bigger story […]

Coaching a Self-Publishing Farmer

You may think self-publishing is a pretty straight forward self-service type of thing, and it certainly can be. However, most people who start out to write a book may find out they need a little help from a pro. Patty Willis, a local cattle farmer,  fell into that category.  Patty engaged my services to coach […]

The Old Mill

  I’ve been fascinated with grist mills ever since I watched one in operation for the first time. I was a rookie reporter for my hometown newspaper in Mississippi, and had heard about a farmer in a rural community outside of town who’d restored his granddaddy’s long-dormant mill. Once he got it working again, the […]

Eat Drink Delta: Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South

      For a signed copy sent anywhere, please visit A Cappella Books. To find Eat Drink Delta in local bookstores, please search with Indie Bound .  What they said: “It makes for a perfect road trip companion—or transportive bedtime reading.” Wall Street Journal Review: Guidebooks Go Niche (Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2013) “It’s a […]

Delta Hot Tamale Festival

This new year, I am expanding my social media horizons by dipping into Storify – a great way to create online scrapbooks of sorts drawing from all media sources. With help from my literary assistant Teresa Hendrix, I “storified” one of my favorite experiences of 2013: being a judge at the Delta Hot Tamale festival. […]

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