Melanie Rehak is the author of the brand-new Eating For Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food From Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid. Her previous book, Girl Sleuth, was the recipient of two prestigious mystery awards, the Edgar (for Best Critical/Biographical Work) and the Agatha (for Best Nonfiction.) She also writes the food column Paper Palate for Bookforum.com and passionately hates celery.
- Right now? That I got on a plane with a two and a half week old baby and flew cross-country just because my older son is so obsessed with surfing I didn’t want him to miss out this summer. Usually? That I now know what to do with delicata squash and all that zucchini they always have at the farmer’s market.
- That I’ll realize I don’t actually like zucchini. Or that I won’t be able to think of any more books to write and I’ll be out of a career since writing is pretty much the only thing I’m good at.
- The ability to make people forget that Facebook and Twitter exist for at least three to four hours every day.
- My older son in the ocean - it’s pure, unmitigated, contagious joy.
- Celery. Celery, celery, celery!
- Tea sandwiches made with local ingredients.
- "You’re not made of sugar; you won’t melt." My father always said this to me when it rained but I think it applies in any situation.