A Soft Place to Land, souffle

I can’t believe I haven’t yet posted a pic of the cover of  A Soft Place to Land.  

And hmm.  Looks like I’m not going to be posting the cover image right now after all; I can’t get it to upload. But you can see it–and pre-order if you like–on Amazon.  Release date is April 6.

I’ve started working on book three, which is daunting.  The third book has a certain amount of expectation to it: like, now you are really exploring your talent, going deep, writing a “big” book.  Such lofty expectations don’t really mean anything when you are actually sitting at your desk, trying to transcribe the world onto your page.  What matters–me thinks–is an accumulation of well-chosen concrete details, and some sort of forward movement.  Or as my sister Lauren says, you have to run your characters up a tree, throw rocks at them, and see what they do in response.

Funny to make up stories for a living.  It’s kind of like extended child’s play, except it turns your hair gray and makes your back ache.

So, new subject: Last night I made my first ever cheese souffle, using Judith Jones’ recipe, which she adapted from Julia Child.  Basically you make a white sauce (you add hot milk to a roux, which is butter and flour cooked together) and then you add egg yolk and then fold in whipped egg whites and grated cheese. Plus salt and paprika.  I always thought souffles were supposed to be super tricky and hard to pull off, but I think as long as you don’t overcook it (which makes it fall), it’s pretty simple.  And oh so delicious paired with a salad of bitter greens, watermelon radishes, and pecans.  The souffle itself tasted sort of like a hybrid of southern spoon bread and a really fluffy omelette.

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2 Responses to A Soft Place to Land, souffle

  1. Anonymous February 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I loved Bound South and gave it to almost everyone I know, and can’t wait to read A Soft Place to Land! Also love reading all your blog updates and musings. You are fantastic!

    • installer February 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      thank you!

      wow, thank you so much!!