I’m in NYC to sign advance reader copies of my first fiction ever, non-food related. Love stories, actually: In Short Measures. Very excited, and nervous of course.

One never knows, but just today one of my favorite novelists, Kate Christensen, who wrote the fabulous Epicure’s Lament, the food-themed but deeply personal memoir Blue Plate Special, and The Great Man, winner of the Pen/Faulkner award for fiction, sent me these uncommonly generous, and she says completely genuine, words in support of the book:

“IN SHORT MEASURES is a propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past. Ruhlman’s voice is poetic and visceral, and his characters feel both familiar and strange in the way of the best fiction. This is a richly layered book, full of surprises and pleasures.”

I’m in your debt, Kate! Thank you! (One of her characters in The Great Man inspired the tagine recipe in How to Braise.) For food lovers, I HIGHLY recommend the unputdownable Epicure’s Lament, and her memoir. Look for her new memoir, How to Cook a Moose, this fall.

If you’re among the booksellers at Book Expo America, hope you’ll stop by booth 749 between 2 and 3 tomorrow (Thursday, 5/28), when I’ll be signing.

Now, I’m off to eat more of the best oysters I’ve tasted. Sorry I can’t yet name them, but I will in the fall when oysters are at their peak.


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11 Wonderful responses to “Book Expo In NYC:
Introducing My First Fiction”

  • Marc Barringer

    Splendid! Will definitely read, and am excited to see the Novella used. (It is under used in English.) And who knows, maybe the American master of the novella, Jim Harrison, will chime in…

  • Allen

    A cruel tease.
    I’m looking right at the nice picture of the book. Hasn’t been released yet. C’mon, get it out on Kindle for my summer book.

  • Allen

    rock and roll hall of fame.
    Last year it was lovely ladies capturing Cobain for Nirvana.
    This year it’s Paul Butterfield, Pat Benetar & Green Day.
    Lori Andersons Lou Reed eulogy brings a tear.
    More than just food.
    Food for the soul.

  • Michael Trippe

    October 6th ?!?!? Oh man… that’s a bummer. So long to wait. Congrats on the book. Waiting very (Im)patiently for my own copy.

  • Auntie Allyn

    Dammit, I wanted to read this on the beach in St. Maarten next week! Guess I’ll have to wait a while. Looking forward to a good read!