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I was inspired to write this book when I first moved to New York from California. The seasons change so dramatically here that I felt it affected my cooking in a big way. I was introduced to apple picking in the fall and rooftop barbecues in the summer.

What was the inspiration for your new cookbook?
I was inspired to write this book when I first moved to New York from California. The seasons change so dramatically here that I felt it affected my cooking in a big way. I was introduced to apple picking in the fall and rooftop barbecues in the summer.

The life style and activities that wrapped around each season provided so much inspiration for me to cook along with. I hope that the book can be enjoyed throughout the year and revisited with each changing season.

Can you describe one of your earliest cooking memories?
My mother has always been in the kitchen preparing our family’s meals as long as I can remember. Walking into the kitchen and smelling the aromas drift through the air always made me feel warmed and cared for. She always had a comforting soup simmering all day on the stovetop. There was never a meal without a soothing soup to accompany it.