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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