Category Archives: My Books

Reading: Mindset

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I saw Carol Dweck speak on The School of Life, and loved her presentation on perfectionism and the growth vs. fixed mindset. It totally inspired me, so I immediately read her book. The book is informative, though based on anecdotes that are a bit drawn out, and the ending, which is supposed to be the how-to part, is fairly vague. Still, just recognizing the fixed mindset in myself has helped me immensely in taking on new things and challenging my own thoughts. I’d say see the presentation, then read through the book, skimming when things get repetitive.

As for the ideas, I totally identified with the fixed mindset – wanting to be perfect without effort, just appearing to be wonderful and graceful without work. This has helped me recognize how important effort is – sometimes it is more important than the end result. So instead of wanting to become an amazing, strong, flexible yogi, I just want to learn, to apply myself to each class, to take as much out of it as I can, to stay on my own mat, and grow.

If you consider yourself a perfectionist, if you shy away from new challenges, if you answer to the “shoulds” in you mind too often, I think you’ll be interested in the studies referred to in this book and the presentation. It’s quite fascinating to me!


Errbody! I was so excited today to see this lovely review of my second book in the Austin Chronicle food issue! I didn’t even know it would be featured, and there it is just makin’ me proud. I was giddy and giggly for quite some time this morning.

I have lots of other news, I’m sure, but at the moment all I can think about is laying on the couch and zoning out. More news soon! In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful places.

Books and things


It’s been a while since I’ve felt like blogging. That’s sad to say, but it’s true. I’ve been keeping a digital journal elsewhere, and it’s been lovely and satisfying and pretty and etcetera. But there’s just something alluring about this little blog of mine. I suppose it might be that I’ve been writing and sharing here for nearly 8 (EIGHT!!!) years, and so it feels like home. And so, here I am.

This little book of mine is about to be released – on March 5th, to be exact! I’m excited and scared, as I suppose all people are before they release their children into the wild. ;)

I still haven’t received my preview copies – they’ve been lost in the mail with our move to our new home – and so I can’t show you any previews or let you know how I feel about it just yet. I do know that I already feel proud to have been a part of it, and to be a voice of support for the many restaurateurs and chefs here in my lovely city of Austin.

For those of you in the area, I’m lucky enough to have a book-signing event at BookPeople on Monday, March 18th at 7pm. My partner-in-crime, photographer Aimee Wenske, will be there with me to answer questions and show off her awesome photos from the book, and we’re planning a few snacks and things as well. Please stop by and say hello!

In other news, I’ve been trying to express myself through Vine and Instagram (which you can mostly see on my tumblr), but, as I said earlier, there’s just nothing like my little poco-cocoa.

Announcement #2!

Internets! I am so excited to announce that Aimee Wenske has agreed to do the photography for my new book! I have admired her work for a long time, and I am thrilled to be able to work with her on this project. Hooray!

Feast your eyes on these gorgeous photos by the lovely Aimee:

Fun, fun, fun! I feel so lucky and excited and grateful, all at once. Thank you, Aimee! :)