Sign of Things to Come + Cookbook Update

Happy meat

I was eating cold slices of leftover grilled steak and just had to take a photo.

I love happy meat!

The arranged slices are out of order – I had already eaten half of the steak by the time I noticed. But wouldn’t it have been fun to arrange them in order, fan through them like one of those kids flip sketch books and see the range of facial expressions!!

Or damn. If I wasn’t so hungry, I could have sold these meat slices on EBay.

I could be a rich! famous! or just stupid and the subject of endless mockery.


but I do like happy meat. and there are SO many jokes that are running through my head right now but I’ll just keep to myself because my mother reads my blog now.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had my food smile at me:

eggs smile


Thank you Washington Post!

Food columnist, Kim O’Donnel from the Washington Post interviewed several female food writers and bloggers to share their favorite ways to cool off in the kitchen — suppers that are raw, uncooked or using as little stovetop power as possible.

Come read our answers! Bea of La Tartine Gourmande and Rachel of Coconut and Lime also contributed!


Cookbook update!

(rubbing hands excitedly) I’ve got 44 out of the 100 recipes ready for testing!!! I’m drafting email to send out to you all right now. I’m also including a little “Cookbook Update” tab in the box to the right, up on top….to keep you posted.

But I’ve created a new website with the recipes, notes, photos – and it’s in a blog format so that you can submit comments, questions, etc. I’m really excited to have you guys start!

The site URL will be emailed to the list of testers who have signed up. If you are interested, please comment below and I’ll add you to the list.

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Comments 65

  1. Jenny

    Hi Jaden,

    I’ve only recently discovered your cooking blog and wish I had found it sooner! It’s FABULOUS with a captial F (not fuck) and I really hope you the greatest success with your cookbook.
    I’m from Australia so I’m wondering if it’ll be released over here? Crossing my fingers now because I will definately be buying it! 🙂


  2. Arlene

    I’ve been meaning to write to tell you and Jeff Houck how happy I am every Wednesday to read your article in the Trib. I love your blog and will definitly get your cookbook! I wanna go to the Rolling Pin soon. Always a day late and a dollar short, if I can’t test one of your recipes please send me the link so that I can try to stay up to date on your recipes! Love your happy food! How funny!

  3. Andrea

    I love your style of cooking and would be most pleased to be part of the Australian contingent trying out your recipes.

  4. Will

    Please toss me onto the list, I can’t wait to try out some of the new recipes you are working up.

  5. jules

    If it’s not too late, could you please add me to the list of testers [subgroup: Aussies]? I’d love to try out your new recipes & check out the new site.

  6. ana

    I just discovered your food blog. Your food looks so breathtakingly delicious. Are you still looking for a cookbook tester? Please count me in. Thanks!

  7. Tartelette

    Ok…I am lost…is it the same cookbook as previously mentionned or are you working on a second one already…in which I bow to you 🙂
    I’d love to help you test some of the recipes!

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