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IMG_2352 (1)This past weekend I was delighted and honored to be a speaker at the local conference for the lovely DC Les Dames – CELEBRATING FOOD! Women in Gastronomy Symposium. I was part of a panel lead by the uber-talented Amy Riolo. Our topic – inspirational women in the culinary arts.


with Joan Nathan, Domenica Marchetti, Sheilah Kaufman, Amy Riolo and Najmieh Batmanglij



With Ellie Krieger and Pati Jinich



With Robyn Webb and Amy Riolo IMG_2368

I took the opportunity to speak about the women who have inspired me. Many are in the culinary arts and some are not. If you are interested in learning more about these women and their exceptional talents, you can check out my book, now on sale for $0.99. It was first released in 2012 but the content is evergreen.

In Conversation With Exceptional Women - High Resolution - Version 2 copy


Top 10 things I learned from interviewing exceptional women


Get Yourself Going Every Morning with “In Conversation with Exceptional Women

  1. Think big and tweeze your eyebrows – Alison Winn Scotch
  2. Never eat the same meal twice- Amanda Hesser
  3. My mantra – I release all my fears and I constantly remind myself to be grateful – Carla Hall
  4. Almost everyone you encounter will tell you it can’t be done, or will doubt your ability to do it. Ignore them – Camille Noe Pagan
  5. Share your writing every day – Dana Cowin
  6. Success – The ability to envision and create one’s life – Elise Bauer
  7. Read. Read read read read – Elissa Altman
  8. That it’s not enough that a recipe be unique, interesting, oddball, previously unpublished, or simply “new.” A dish worth going after has to taste really good – Paula Wolfert
  9. Trust your own taste and your own story – Kat Kinsman
  10. One piece of wisdom that almost everyone share: Enjoy the journey. Dont focus too much on the destination.



Get Yourself Going Every Morning with “In Conversation with Exceptional Women


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