Eat Lentils, Get Rich

A lot changed in 2015. I sold and wrote my first cookbook, Bowls of Plenty, a book on healthy, delicious grain bowls (not to be confused with health food) that will be published in in 2017. I paid off my debts. My step-dad, who raised me, left the world after a long and rich life, two friends died young of alcoholism, and a few more acquaintances' lives got cut short, which is at once sad and also a reminder of how seriously we have to take this business of enjoying life. And then, of course, there are the things that remain the same: I wrote a cookbook for a celebrity I'd never heard of. I wrote a third cookbook for Nancy Silverton, out this fall, it's called Mozza at Home. And I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning to make my annual New Year's lentils, which, according to the Italian tradition, if eaten on New Years, will, because of the coin-like shape of the lentils, bring said eater prosperity in the year ahead. I've written about this before, as you can read here, but len ...

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