Walking Into My Well-Being
It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and I’m still on it, fully committed to changing my schedule so that I can improve my well-being. If you’re a bit puzzled or even clueless to what exactly I’m talking about, take a look at my blog from yesterday, when I realized that I gained 35 lbs.
Early this morning I went for my walk. I live in a subdivision with a challenging, hilly landscape, making a walk somewhat tricky. My house is located in a cul-de-sac, and there are not many options when I leave—it’s always to the right and down a steep hill. And I always dread the fact that I’ll have to climb this hill on my way back from the walk.
This morning it was in the low 70’s with light clouds. The air was fresh, almost crisp. I looked around, wondering what happened to the fall this year. Why wasn’t it here yet? Hmmm… I looked closer at the trees, noting that nothing has yet to resemble fall foliage. I mean, what else are you going to do on a walk, other than try to distract yourself from the chore of exercising? Most of the leaves were still green, and only a small number of trees were somewhat bare. Apparently, I’m spending too much time in front of the computer; otherwise, I would have noticed this before, and now it’s mid-October.
As I progressed I started feeling the stress on my hips—that’s what happens when people are overweight. Next, came the pain. I slowed down a bit, mentally slapping myself for the bad shape I was in—it’s totally my fault. Once I reached the top of the hill and started to walk on a level surface, the stress on my hips decreased and the pain subsided. I accelerated my pace. It didn’t take much to increase my heart rate. Clearly the situation is more severe than what I realized. Shame on me, I thought.
I checked the time. It had been 15 minutes since I started walking. I turned around, thinking about the return trip back home—especially that hill at the end.
I couldn’t wait to get back and share with you that I did it! I was eager to get back to my computer to check who joined my Facebook group and check if there is anyone out there who was ready to share their experience from their walk today or needed support, or a push.
Now, a half an hour later, I’m still feeling the walk. Yes, it was not easy, but I feel great and am so proud of what I already achieved. As much as a 30 minute walk sounds insignificant, it’s huge for me, because what I did today is way more than what I did yesterday.
What’s next? A healthy breakfast, more writing, and later on, another walk.
If walking toward your well-being is on your list, please join my group here.
More to walk and more on this soon,
Time For A Change
The further I get into the writing business, the further and further I feel myself drifting away from a lifestyle of well-being.
I never thought it would be this way. The truth of the matter is that once I retired from nursing and started to write full-time, I hoped to create a routine that would benefit my health—where I would find the right balance between work and my personal life. I trusted that I could allocate more time toward my well-being: working out, spending more time involved with outdoor activities, relaxing, dieting, etc. But things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I quickly sank into the typical life of a writer.
You probably envision the life of an author as nothing but glamorous—working from home in your PJ’s or sweats, creating your own schedule, accumulating empty coffee cups throughout the day on a desk piled high with notes.
You may be partially right, but sometimes, long days in PJ’s, surrounded by empty coffee cups and endless notes is not exactly as captivating or wonderful as you might think. I can promise you it’s a bumpy lifestyle full of hard work with good days and bad ones…maybe similar to yours.
This morning, when I got on the scale, Boom! It hit me again. My weight. That’s it, I reached the limit, I thought. I’m now thirty pounds heavier than when I worked full-time as a nurse. I was devastated, ready to quit this new deskbound career and go back to nursing. As much as I love writing, I realized that I couldn’t continue to sacrifice my health and appearance; I had to prioritize differently. Obviously, the routine I created just doesn’t work. The long, inactive hours in front of the computer; the lack of interaction with people; the bright, glaring screen straining my eyes; the snacks on my desk; and the emotional roller coaster of the characters in my books… are all contributing to the downward spiral of my health. Unless I make some drastic changes, I fear that I may soon find myself dead.
I carried myself to my office with heavy steps, devastated, and ready to quit. I closed my eyes, wondering how I allowed myself to get this far. Where have I been all this time? How much more room do I have in these sweats before I need to buy a larger size? I drifted with my thoughts back to the old days when I could slip into a Size 8 dress and show off my well-toned figure. Well, that’s never going to happen again, I thought, as I shook my head.
By lunchtime, I had six empty coffee cups on my desk and three empty plates. I paused for a minute, thinking about the unnecessary calories I just consumed. I felt angry and disappointed.
Okay, I get it. So, what’s next? Am I really going to quit writing, or should I just find a new trendy diet to follow?
Obviously, dieting is not enough. Besides, I find trendy diets to be a waste of money. It’s going to take more than just choosing the right foods. I need to be more active. After spending a few hours in deep contemplation, I came up with a plan. There are a few variables in this deal:
Timing and Commitment: I have to feel it’s time to make a change and be committed. Timing is important, if not everything. It needs to happen at the right time. Otherwise, I’m set to fail.
Reasonable Plan: I have to put together a reasonable plan, something that I can stick to and be successful at.
Prioritizing: I must make my new schedule and all my health-related activities a high priority. Meaning, they come first—no excuses!
Small Goals: Big goals are hard to achieve. I need to start small. I would benefit from thinking only in small segments. Losing 35 lbs is an overwhelming task. Dieting and working out daily for the next year is a far-reach. However, dieting for two weeks and losing 5 lbs is a piece of cake. I would rather do the two-week cycle, six times, in order to achieve the long-term goal.
So, what’s next for me? Effective tomorrow, I will walk two times a day for 20-30 minutes, as well as follow my own low-fat, low-carb diet—no big tricks or magic here.
I believe it’s not too late to make a change. And if I don’t get to a size 8, then a size 12 will do.
If you want to join me on this journey of getting in shape before the holidays and the New Year, then join my group on my Facebook page, where we can motivate and support each other.
I am making a change! Will you?
Most mothers are excited to see their child falling for someone, and are ecstatic for the things that typically come with the territory: watching them progress from casual dating into a serious relationship, establishing a home and starting a family. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? Are you one of these mothers? Have you been there?
My daughter has now been dating a guy for a year, and I have yet to meet him. It’s me, not her, who has had all kinds of excuses why this hasn't happened yet. I have refused to be introduced to him.
But it has been a year! You know it must be pretty serious. How long can I continue avoiding the situation? I have probably reached the limit. I will now officially be the last in the family to meet this fellow. I guess it is now my turn.
Why did I wait so long to meet him?
I think I finally figured it out. I think it’s because I’m the one that’s not ready for her to settle down. I’m the one that’s not ready for her adventures to end. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being married, in fact, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I have enjoyed watching my daughters grow up and hearing about all the adventures they have. Today, our children are given so many more opportunities. Their horizons are broader and I’m not done vicariously living through them.
Also, deep down, I don’t want to think of myself as “grandmotherly.” I, myself, have been enjoying the changing times and the freedom that that gives and I still feel as if I have yet to live life to the fullest. I’m not quite ready to revisit the world of diapers and babysitting. Also, let’s be honest...I, too, am not ready to acknowledge growing up and getting older. One day, absolutely, and when that day comes, I’m sure I’ll be overjoyed.
Yet, with my husband’s little push, I gave in. Drumroll, please! I am excited to share with you that I’m going to meet him tonight. Though I am a bundle of nerves I know that I’m about to meet a great guy. Let’s face it, I don’t expect my daughter to date someone less than that.
Tonight is the night!
We’ll be at Nan’s Thai Fine Dining.
Were you ever in one of those situations where you haven’t heard someone’s voice for years, yet you would still instantly recognize it the second you heard it? Well, it just happened to me the other day, in the early afternoon hours.
It was around 3:00 p.m. on an ordinary day. I was working on my next book in the Pinnacle series when my phone hummed with an unfamiliar number. I picked it up with some reluctance.
“Is this Michelle?” A woman’s voice asked.
“Wanda?” I answered right away and sunk into a four-hour conversation, catching up on so much.
After that long call ended, I couldn’t stop thinking about Wanda. I was truly excited to rekindle an old friendship; we both felt like we had just picked up from last week. Who would think that after 20 years an old friend would still have my number? I guess only a good friend like Wanda, who I met 23 years ago at the University of South Carolina. Back then, we both were already established and experienced in our nursing careers but were ready to pursue it further. Two years later, our paths took different directions as I relocated to another state. While I retired from the nursing field a few years ago to start writing full-time, Wanda is still committed to the nursing profession and doing her job faithfully, just as I remembered. It’s funny how good friends can summarize 20 years into a four-hour conversation and feel like no time has passed at all.
Two days later, Wanda purchased my book, Pinnacle Lust, texting me she had already read the excerpts and the sample available online. She sounded excited and said she couldn’t wait for the book to arrive and start reading it. “By the way,” she said, “did you first write the book in Hebrew?”
“Why are you asking?” I asked.
“I can tell,” she said.
“Really?” Even though I know Wanda is very good in English and has an extensive vocabulary, it still hurt my feelings.
“Yes, I really can. You know, I could edit this for you,” she said.
I’ll admit, writing is a very complex, individualized process. No two authors are going to think or feel about writing in the same way. It was only after I published my first book, Pinnacle Lust, that I realized the courage it takes to publish your own work, far from just writing it.
I often hear people say, I want to write a book; others just say, I have so much to write about. And then there are the ones who believe their own life is so captivating, they repeatedly say, My life would make a bestseller.
It’s true. Many people want to write a book. We all know that every person has a story to tell in his or her own special way. But is that enough to guarantee someone a bestseller? I’m not sure.
I don’t doubt the potential each story has. Our imagination is endless and is often quite inimitable. It takes more than just a plot to make a good book. It’s the way the novel is written; the opening that grabs you, the development of the characters, the twist and turns as the narrative deepens, the suspense, that pinnacle moment, and, of course, the resolution.
And still then, it may not be enough.
The magic of writing is buried in three things: passion, time and editing. However, one can’t make up for the other. While you are solely responsible for the passion and the time, it’s a bit different when it comes to the editing. You must hire the best, most experienced, editor you can find. Editorial services is a crucial link in the writing process and furthermore in finalizing a manuscript prior to publishing it, or submitting it to an agent. While a good editor can make your book, an average one can harm your work.
Thus, it concerns me when amateurs think they can easily edit a book. Many of whom truly believe they could write their own book without using any editorial services. Some are not shy and have offered to edit my work. Let me edit your book… Trust me, I can do it… I took English in college… I’m very good in English…
If you want to write a book, then be professional and go through the entire process. Use professional services to build your team: editorial services, book cover designers, etc. Even the most well-known, bestselling authors use professional services…you will be in good company.
If you don’t want to write a book and you are not in this business, please don’t offer your services and don’t critique other people’s work. Editing is more than just grammar and punctuation. Creative writing is a world of it’s own.
Like I said to Wanda, “Just try to enjoy the book.”
It is already a good three weeks into fall. Before I know it, trick-or-treaters will be knocking at my door. Less than 24 hours later, Christmas decorations will take over and lead us once again into New Year’s Eve. Oh, and let’s not forget that pesky little turkey that will take center stage in most homes in November. You see what I mean? It is the busiest time of the year.
I had big plans for the season. I had hoped I would be up and running with my new culinary quest; mass-producing my delicious, lavash, some have even referred to them as “extremely exquisite” crackers. I came so far with my recipe, creating crackers that are not only healthy and tasty but also do not break into a crumbly disaster as they are being consumed. I had envisioned a cracker that has it all—a divine flavor, healthful properties, and no messy aftermath—and had finally perfected the vision.
This cracker journey began in the early spring while I was working on my cookbook. Once I started to receive calls and emails, asking if this cracker can be ordered, it got me thinking… Why not make it available for the masses?
Really, why not?
Well, I quickly realized that it takes more than flour, water and a few other ingredients to make crackers and start selling them.
My first stop was the Internet. I googled how to start a business: State and Federal requirements, Food Establishment licenses vs. Cottage licenses, Labels and Nutrition facts, Incubator Kitchens, Shared Kitchens, and the list goes on.
If you think that dealing with government regulations is the most difficult thing in life, then you probably need to join me on my journey of finding a commercial kitchen where I could possibly manufacture my crackers.
After learning that a Cottage license would not suffice for the business plan I had in mind, I had to go a different route. I had to obtain a license that would allow me to sell my crackers through a third party and across state lines. Meaning, my crackers couldn’t be prepared in my own kitchen; I needed a commercial kitchen.
Not a big deal, I thought. I obtained a list of commercial kitchens that are in the business of providing kitchen time for an average fee of $20 per hour, plus (of course) additional fees for dry storage, cold storage, freezer space, etc. All of which are asking a minimum of 20 hours per month with a six month agreement. Then, I calculated how many bags of crackers I would need to sell during the six months in order to pay this kitchen time and showed the numbers to my husband, the businessperson. The support I got from him was amazing. “This is a waste of time. You are not going to make money from crackers,” he said.
Still determined, I said, “I’m going to give it a chance, and maybe in a year I’ll build my own kitchen so I can avoid this kitchen time expense.”
I guess that business people will be business people! And when it comes to their own wives, I guess husbands tend to not see all potentially financially risky endeavors through rose-colored glasses...immediately. “I estimate you will need about 100 grand for this. Where exactly are you planning to get this money?” he asked.
I know it’s hard to admit, but I do have a smart husband. Albeit, a little less idealistic and creative than myself; but I guess what they say is true; opposites attract. And deep down, I do believe he’s right. I should not invest money in a commercial kitchen; or in anything that I’m not sure if I would get my investment back. It would take me selling lots and lots of crackers just to pay off this kitchen.
Finding the path to manufacture my crackers is proving challenging, but something I will continue to pursue, and hope to be able to execute in 2017.
More to come…
As you may have noticed, these past few weeks I have been a bit lax on my blogging, marketing, and social media. But here is the bright side of it: It’s all for a good reason—writing. I am making tremendous progress with book 2 of the Pinnacle series, reaching new personal records of writing in 20-hour stretches.
But even when the writing is flowing, eventually I need a break. Among the few go-to places to unwind and catch up with the world is Facebook.
And here comes the wow!
Kristen Hamilton, a professional book editor who proofread Pinnacle Lust, is still keeping my book fresh in her mind and obviously in her hand, even bringing it up in a discussion at a book fair.
I was so happy to see that two years after Pinnacle Lust was published, Kristen still remembers my book. It’s needless to say how excited and honored I was, yet my curiosity to know what it was all about pulled at me. After all, a successful editor like Kristen Hamilton held my book in her hand during a panel discussion.
As I follow Kristen’s work closely, I immediately contacted her, thanking her and asking her about the event.
Then, we thought why not share it with you.
Michelle: What was this event? How did you get involved?
Kristen: This was at the 2017 Boise Book Fest, which is designed for local and regional authors to showcase their work. Each of the authors at the book fest had a table where they displayed their work, and many had their books for sale.
Being a book editor from the Boise area, I was invited to attend the general event as well as take part in a presentation alongside other authors.
Michelle: What did you talk about during this presentation?
Kristen: In a 50-minute presentation I discussed perspective/point of view in writing. This is the difference between which of the characters is telling the story, and if the story is told from first person point of view (“I said,” “I did”) or third person point of view (“he said,” “she did”).
I’ve edited over 300 books by different authors, so I’ve been exposed to many different writing styles, points of view, and perspectives. Many readers—and sometimes even authors—don’t realize the importance of perspective and point of view. A story can be less exciting (and less successful) if it’s not told in the right perspective or point of view. If Pinnacle Lust had been told from Sloan’s wife’s perspective, for example, the base story would be entirely different from the lusty romance it is in Sharon’s perspective.
I also discussed trends in perspective and point of view, and what I’ve seen come across my desk recently. The room was packed with avid readers and budding authors—standing room only in the back. People were taking notes and asking questions. The atmosphere was great!
Michelle: Out of all the books you’ve edited, why did you choose to talk about Pinnacle Lust?
Kristen: Understanding point of view and perspective can be difficult, so when speaking about first person point of view, I wanted to choose a book that would clearly represent this concept.
When I thought over the many books I’ve edited, there were a few contenders, and ultimately I decided on Pinnacle Lust. The plot is intriguing and risqué—an extramarital affair.
Writing in first person point of view is great for books with heightened internal conflicts—like Pinnacle Lust, where Sharon has an affair with a married man. Most people would agree that extramarital affairs are not okay—and people might even shame the woman who has an affair with a married man. But if your readers don’t agree with Sharon’s actions, you risk losing them. They might put down the book and never pick it up again.
The key idea in Pinnacle Lust is to get readers on Sharon’s side—understand why she’s pursuing an affair with Sloan. The only way to effectively do this is to write the book in first person point of view—telling the story through her eyes. This way, the readers can understand what Sharon is going through, and they can feel compassion for her situation. They root for her, despite the immorality of the situation.
Michelle: Last but not lead, what was the audience’s reaction when you discussed Pinnacle Lust?
Kristen: I learn by example, so I hoped that by using Pinnacle Lust as a talking point, readers and writers alike would understand how using first person point of view is effective, especially in a story with heightened internal conflict like this one.
When I picked up Pinnacle Lust and started talking about it, the room shifted. People sat up straighter in their seats, taking notes. In the back of the room, some people whispered the book title to others who couldn’t see past the crowd. It was a magical moment!
Michelle: Thank you, Kristen!
I am so thankful that Kristen chose to talk about my book during the book fest. What an honor—and what a surprise!
Now, it’s on to you...Kristen mentioned that the first person point of view was good to use in my book. Do you agree? How do you think the message of the book would have changed if it was written in someone else’s perspective—like Sloan’s wife?
Even if you are NOT a reader, chances are that you are one of the millions of other Americans who purchased over 674 million books last year—and who continue to make the publishing industry one of the biggest in the United States, raking in almost $28 billion in revenue in 2015. That’s a lot of money!
Who doesn’t buy a book? Everyone buys at least one book in their lifetime—cookbook, DIY book, textbook, children’s book, photography book, companion book, poetry book, fiction, nonfiction… Something!
But not every book (or genre) is created equal: some genres sell better than others.
Can you guess which one it is?
You're right. It's romance!
Ever since people started writing stories millennia ago, falling in love has been a common theme. Romance was a theme in many of Shakespeare’s great works. Romance stories today are different, but they still keep readers turning pages. The modern romance novel first surfaced in 20th century England, and as this genre’s reader base grew and evolved, so did the books. Today’s romance readers want in their romance books more sensuality, more confrontation, and more conflict. Now, romance books are also paired with other genres—think suspense, comedy, or eroticism—to tie in other elements along with the love story, just like my novel Pinnacle Lust.
Today, romance book sales alone account for over $1.4 billion, with the newest subgenre—erotica—making up a large part of that. See how well Fifty Shades of Grey did and you’ll see my point.
Does it surprise you that romance is the best selling book genre? What is your favorite romance book?
It’s near the end of July, we’re in the thick of summer, and the weather is HOT. I live most of the year in a beautiful beachfront house on the Gulf—it doesn’t mean I always sit on the beach—definitely not in the HOT summer. Instead, I’m watching the waves from afar, in my air-conditioned house writing, cooking, reading books, and…just relaxing.
As I turn page after page, filling my head with thoughts and knowledge, I realize that it’s not important what genre you read, it’s that you take the time to read every day. Books are everything—they are a way to continue education as learning tools, they are a means of escape, and they are a way to chase dreams and enjoyment.
Right now I’m spending my time reading professional literature, researching the food industry’s trends, people’s likes and dislikes, and popular cookbooks. This is all in preparation for my forthcoming Pinnacle Lust companion cookbook. If I spend a little extra time reading, however, I can also squeeze in a few fiction reads.
Here is what I’ve already read this summer.
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Endo’s historical fiction was originally published in 1966, but I picked up a reprint version earlier this year and have finally had a chance to read it. It’s the story of Jesuit missionaries in 1600s Japan who are captured and persecuted for their beliefs. Although I’m not highly religious, I enjoyed the themes of this book of a silent God, and found myself wondering if I would face the same internal conflict as the book’s main characters. It’s certainly not a beach read, but it’s a historically accurate picture of religion in 17th century Japan.
You by Karoline Kepnes
Part of my goal this summer is to read books that have been on my shelves for years but have never been opened. You was one of them, and since it was published in 2014, I’ve been kicking myself since I’ve finished reading it for letting it sit on my shelf for three years before cracking it open. You is written in second person, as if the author is speaking directly to you, and it tells the story of a man-turned-stalker who falls in love with a woman he barely knows. I was really on the edge of my seat as I slipped deeper into this man’s mentally unstable mind. Very well written, and one I highly recommend.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Okay, this one’s nonfiction, but it’s written so well and so creatively that it captured my attention like a fiction book would. It’s widely known that North Koreans don’t live well—no power, little food, no freedoms—but I wasn’t fully aware of their plight. Many have escaped to China or South Korea, and this book tells of their stories under Kim Jong-un’s regime. It’s not a sad tale as I had feared, but more of a realistic and deep look at the lives of North Koreans.
Have you read any highly recommended books this summer?
I often say how lucky I am to write a cookbook with Johannes Klapdohr, a Michelin-trained chef. Before I started, I could never imagine what this process would be like or how it would feel to stand next to him in his restaurant kitchen, creating dishes together. I have to admit that, less than a year into the project, Chef Johannes has already taught me so much, sharing culinary secrets and tips with me. At times, I feel as if I am in a top culinary school in Europe.
While spending long days with Chef Johannes, I get to see firsthand the back of the house in the restaurant business. I can easily now say that this is exhausting work, but also very creative and exhilarating.
This week while I was working in North Carolina, Chef Johannes extended his hospitality and invited me for dinner in his home. (To all fans of the Library Kitchen and Bar, it was on Monday, when the restaurant was closed.)
Johannes prepared an amazing fish called plaice, which I tried for the first time. Honestly, I had never even heard of it. It’s from the English Channel, just between the southern part of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is caught right at the coast of Holland and Germany and imported fresh to the USA by a single source. You won’t find it in your local grocery store. If you are lucky enough, you will find it at a good restaurant. I was amused by the appearance of the fish: cute, orange, pea-sized dots on its gray skin.
How did the chef prepare it? Simple—he dusted the fish in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and curry. (Don’t ask me how much of each, as I don’t know.) Then he sautéed the whole fish in olive oil and served it with sautéed fresh broccolini.
Though I have not achieved the status of being a food expert, I’m taking the leeway to say that this was one of the best fish dishes I’ve tasted. You really don’t have to be Chef Johannes’ friend to enjoy this dish—all you need to do is call the Library Kitchen and Bar and make a reservation, as this fish, plaice, is being served as a special dish for a limited time. Trust me, you will not be sorry.
And to make this meal perfect, we started with Tuna Tartar and finished with Strawberries Romanoff, both of which are recipes from our upcoming cookbook.
Last but not least, the wine—a chilled bottle of Cuvee Luke 2015 from the Davis Family Vineyard (also on the LKB menu).
The meal was incredible and I was very grateful for the opportunity to dine at Johannes’ table with him and his wife, Liz, and of course my husband. I realize how lucky I am.
To hear more stories and meet us in person, join us at the 6th Annual Lavender Fest on June 24 and try some of our dishes.
In my blog from May 23, I wrote that it’s time to catch up and to get in gear. Since then, I have been in a full swing—doing nothing but working…more precisely writing. Even my time spent with Chef Johannes is more in front of the computer than in the kitchen.
I just returned from Sapphire Valley in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, about 17 miles northeast of the Highlands. The drive there and back is always magical to me. Each season brings different colorful, powerful scenic views to me, making my drive memorable. Yet, this time it seemed as if the air was fresher, the colors more vibrant, and life was more vivid there with the sweeping mountain views and the waterfalls. Was it just the time of the year, or the energy that filled my days while I worked with Chef Johannes?
While still collaborating on our cookbook, Chef Johannes and I were preparing for the upcoming Lavender Festival, on June 24th between 10:00 and 5:00, in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, near Helen, hosted by The Lavender Cottage & Garden. At the festival we will share some dishes from the cookbook for you to try, so come out and see us.
We will feature four dishes from our upcoming cookbook at this festival in limited quantities: Creamy Gluten Free Hummus, Five-Seed Lavash Bread, Walnut and Pistachio Baklava, and Heavenly Strawberries Romanoff, also gluten free. These are exclusive recipes Chef Johannes and I created, all of which are preservative free and will be freshly made by us for the event.
While Johannes will sign free chef hats for children, I will sign copies of my novel, Pinnacle Lust, the companion book to the upcoming cookbook. Together we will keep the day shining bright with three drawings: one signed hardcover copy of Pinnacle Lust, one $25 gift card to The Lavender Cottage & Garden, and one $100 gift card to Chef Johannes’ restaurant, The Library Kitchen & Bar.
If you are in the area, please stop by, say hello, and take a bite from our upcoming cookbook.
Michelle (& Chef Johannes Klapdohr)