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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Never cook naked.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I went to college at 16 and graduated three years later. I don't know that that's an achievement. Mostly, it left me dazed and lost.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I talk about books. I lead a book group at the local library and teach literature courses. Oh, and I play the piano. Ravel, mostly. And Bach.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I trust people, assume everyone's telling the truth. It gets me into big trouble sometimes. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I blast Stravinsky, John Adams, and Steve Reich while I write. But also Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. You can take the boy out of Texas, but not the Texas out of the boy.
November 28, 2011Bruce and I have had so much fun giving interviews and talking to people about our book busting 101 cooking myths: LOBSTERS SCREAM WHEN YOU BOIL THEM. We've even hosted a few culinary trivia challenge games at bookstores across the country. What a blast!
One question comes up all the time: how'd you make the book so funny?
The secret? There are two of us. You know the hardest thing? Being funny alone. Sure, you can crack yourself up once in a while. But most of the time, you're just amusing yourself. Other people won't think it's very funny. It's too insidery, too personal.
But comedy usually gets written in teams. Because you... see more