Writers on Writing: My Interview with YA Author Carolyn Mackler

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Carolyn Mackler, an accomplished young adult author, at Books of Wonder in New York City. Alongside other YA authors including Jennifer E. Smith, Maggie Lehrman, and Amanda Maciel, Mackler spoke honestly and frankly about writing and about her new book, Infinite in Between.        Continue Reading


9 Books I’m Thankful For

In the days before Thanksgiving, I decided to take a moment to reflect on the books that moved, enlightened, and inspired me over the last year or so. All but one are works of fiction, and all but three are young adult books, though I believe such books can and should be enjoyed by adults as    Continue Reading


Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, Six of Crows

I am thrilled to share a review of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows from Food, Fitness and Fiction contributing editor, Amber Lee (pictured below).     Six of Crows is the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s new series, a spin-off of her widely acclaimed Grisha Trilogy. It is a classic heist story in a lush fantastical    Continue Reading

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YALLFEST 2015: Highlights from an Amazing Book Festival

When you love something, you want to share and celebrate it with the world, right? If you follow my Food, Fitness & Fiction blog you know that I’ve always been a writer. But it’s only been over the last year and a half or so that I’ve developed a true and deep love for books,    Continue Reading


“Why I Write at Panera Bread” and More With Author Kwame Alexander

Last summer, I had the great pleasure of watching award-winning children’s book author Kwame Alexander bring down the house at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) annual conference in Los Angeles. Although I was not yet familiar with him or his work, after seeing Kwame speak, I knew he was someone I would not soon forget–not because    Continue Reading


Manic About College? Why Frank Bruni Says You Shouldn’t Be

When I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, going to college was always something I knew I would do. It was a given. I was also fortunate that my parents could afford to send me. While I don’t remember my family putting any real pressure on me about where specifically I’d end up going,    Continue Reading

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Dill Freekeh + Roasted Carrot Salad & Roasted Greek Eggplant w/Feta

With the change in weather, you’ll likely enjoy adding some new dishes or ingredients to your family menu. To help you do just that, I’m happy to share two great recipes from the brand new book, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition by the fabulous and creative registered dietitian nutritionist and chef Jackie Newgent. While    Continue Reading


4 Tips to Overcome a Halloween Hangover

I love Halloween (and its candy) as much as the next guy (can you say Hershey bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and Twizzlers?, oh my). But sometimes, the one day sugar- and fat-filled celebration becomes two days, a whole weekend, a week. Over time, all that candy can potentially throw off your otherwise healthful eating    Continue Reading


“Just Say No to Candy Crush,” Says YA Author Susane Colasanti

Recently, I attended a wonderful event to celebrate the launch of David Levithan’s book, Another Day, at New York City’s noted and adorable bookstore, Books of Wonder. After Levithan’s terrific presentation and signing, I was formally introduced to author Susane Colasanti. Lucky me! We first met, albeit briefly, last spring at Book Expo America where she    Continue Reading


Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, The Accident Season

The following review of The Accident Season (Kathy Dawson Books, August 2015) by Moira Fowley-Doyle comes from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores.    For Cara and her family, every fall brings misfortune. They call it the accident season. In Moira Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel, The Accident Season, Cara and her siblings must survive the dreaded    Continue Reading