Awards Season

Quick question: What do I have in common with Pulitzer-Prize winners John Updike, Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, and John F. Kennedy?

Nothing! But why should that stop me from affixing an honest-to-God authentic “Winner of the Pulitzer” sticker on the cover of my literary debut?  My agent happened to represent a winner and had a roll of the Official Stickers in her office — one of which I promptly begged her for. (I know, right? What’s she doing hanging out with someone who makes a living writing about meatballs?) Boy I’ve had fun with that one. I’m really hoping my mother logged on this morning, and for one second of her life had the thought “Wow! My daughter won a Pulitzer.” Sorry, Mom.

But forreals, even more exciting than a Pulitzer in my world? An IACP Cookbook Award nomination. I was thrilled to find out a few days ago that my book is up for one and I am humbled by the company I share: Thomas Keller, Yottam Ottolenghi, Marcus Samuelsson, The Canal House duo, and Deb Perelman, who I’d read over Mailer and Updike any day of the week.

In other news, earlier this week I talked turkey chili, spaghetti with clams (page 56), starter curry (page 14), and family dinner ideas (pages 2-312) with Faith Middleton on WNPR’s The Food Schmooze. I always feel like I’m actually at the dinner table with her gang when she interviews me or when I’m listening to her show. If you have time to download it for your commuting or your carpooling today, the whole show is worth a listen, but I don’t come on til the last five or ten minutes. Or you could just download this interview with a real Pulitzer Winner. I’d understand completely.

And the award for Best Signage to promote a Dinner: A Love Story and New Brooklyn Cookbook event goes to…Powerhouse on 8th in Park Slope!  If you are in the neighborhood, swing by for some soup, cookies, and, of course, books.

Thanks for indulging me. Next week, back to our regularly scheduled dinner programming.

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omg – you are hilarious with that sticker.
i’d totally do that {AND hope my mom would gasp when she read my post}


Leslie – I totally should’ve saved it for April Fool’s. That’s hilarious.

Thanks all for the congrats.


Okay, so maybe it was just me and your mother, but I looked at that picture and I thought- SHIT- Jenny won a Pulitzer? And sure, sure I’m gullible, but I believed it, because if anyone could get a Pulitzer for a cookbook, it would be you and this book. I believed it. And huge congrats on the IACP nom- so well deserved!

Rebecca Tory

Hi Jenny
I met you earlier at the tasting with Melissa. We chatted about your husband’s stromboli and I could not remember the other dish that saved me night before last. It was Sausage with Warm, Mustardy Potatoes. We all loved it and I loved how simple it was (did the baguette and tomatoes as well), so thanks to you (and Andy) for sharing that one. It saved my night!
Here is a link to our company’s blog as it’s also very much about family. I’ll soon write about the chicken pot pie pockets (so good). BTW Andrea told me he did not roll out the puff pastry — only cut into 6 rectangles and baked until golden.
Best Rebecca
PS – The book is GREAT so far!!

Jenny C

We caught a rebroadcast of the Food Schmooze yesterday while we were in the car going to/from our local farmer’s market (back outside for the first time since the big blizzard!). I said to my son, “the lady who’s talking is the one we got the stromboli recipe from,” which he thought was pretty cool. We’ve made that AT LEAST 5 times since you originally posted it – it’s now in the realm of omelets & quesadillas, which are our family’s main go-tos. Almost infinitely variable in terms of flavors, great way to incorporate veggies galore into the main dish, a way to use up leftover bits from the fridge, AND still qualifies as “cooking.” In other words, family classics!


This is so awesome, Jenny! I love your book and would give you a Pulitzer if i could 🙂 I’m in the San Francisco area and would love to hear you talk — you can make that happen, right?! BTW, I’m writing a book about creativity and children, and your writing has been a huge inspiration to me. xx

Graham Davis

Hi Jenny. I love your site not just the food but the design as well.

I have started a small scale publishing company in order to bring long neglected cookery books back to life as updated editions for iPad.

These are the sort of books that Beryl Patmore from Downton Abbey would have had on her kitchen bookshelf and I would really appreciate your opinion on the three books that we have completed so far. Samples are available to download at iBooks as follows:

I have also started the Cookery Heritage blog to which I hope your readers will contribute.


Dear Jenny, I just finished reading Dinner: A Love Story from cover to cover. Thank you and congratulations! I do not have children, but I do have a fussy husband, long days at work, and a love of cooking and eating good food. I am so grateful that my parents cooked family dinner for us seven nights a week; your family stories make me nostalgic and happy. Thanks, too, for the blog so I can enjoy your writing and recipes beyond the last page of your book, which, of course, I will be rereading as I cook. Thanks to BA for introducing me to you and Andy! Emily


Since this is my favorite DALS recipe, I’ll comment here. “I read your newsletter, do I win the Franny’s cookbook? Thanks! 🙂