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So You Fight!

  Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado, July 2017   When it looks like your world is falling apart, When you lose your balance, your patience, your heart You reach for, collect, and gather the threads Of things you don’t understand as you try to make sense You read, you examine, you… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

The following review of Ramona Blue (Balzer & Bray, May 9, 2017) is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Josh Flores (pictured below).     In Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, another strong and human female character—one who defines herself by the trailer she lives in and the color… Read More

A List of Cages: An Interview with Author Robin Roe

If you follow my Food, Fitness & Fiction blog, you know that when I truly love a book, I love it deeply. I love it so much that I immediately want to interview (if not meet) the author, and I want everyone I know to read and love the book… Read More

From Pasta to Pulses: Boosting Kids’ Intake

Disclaimer: I am a member of Barilla’s Pasta Advisory Council. As always, all opinions are my own. Read my disclosure statement here. If you want to prepare nutritious and enjoyable family meals, including pasta and pulses can be a great move. Not only do these foods help your children meet… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Between Two Skies

The following review of Between Two Skies (Candlewick, April 25, 2017) by Joanne O’Sullivan is by Food, Fitness and Fiction Contributing Editor Joshua Flores (pictured below).     Here is a description of Between Two Skies from Amazon: Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life —… Read More

Celebrate Carbonara Day!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Passion for Pasta Advisory Council (Barilla). As always, all opinions are my own. Read my disclosure statement here. It’s Carbonara Day! Pasta, the ultimate comfort food. What’s not to love? Today—April 6th—is #CarbonaraDay. To celebrate this classic dish, here’s a recipe from Barilla’s… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The following review of Caraval  (Flatiron Books, January 31, 2017) by Stephanie Garber is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Amber Lee. Here’s a description from Amazon: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now… Read More

An Interview with YA Author Jeff Giles

I first “met” Jeff Giles on Facebook. Then on Twitter. And again—but in real life, this time—at his New York City book signing at McNally Jackson for his debut YA novel, The Edge of Everything. (See photo below.) He’s hilarious and talented and I really enjoyed the book AND cannot… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Camp So-And-So

The following review of Camp So-And-So (Carolrhoda Books, March 1, 2017) by Mary McCoy is by Food, Fitness and Fiction Contributing Editor Joshua Flores (pictured below). Here is a description of Camp So-And-So from Amazon: The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week… Read More

An Interview with YA Author Charlotte Huang

The following post is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Josh Flores. During my day at the recent Pasadena Loves YA book festival, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to Charlotte Huang, the young adult author of both For the Record and Going Geek (see photo of… Read More