Eating for Beginners Archive

Publication date is here!

Today is the day Eating for Beginners officially makes its way into the world! True, it’s already been for sale online for a few weeks, and someone reported seeing an actual copy in an actual bookstore yesterday, too, but still. Pub dates are momentous occasions in the life of a writer, so thank you all for coming along for the ride and I’ll keep you posted on reviews, events, etc. Speaking of which, if you’re local in Brooklyn, I’ll be at Greenlight Books in Fort Greene tomorrow night, July 9, at 7:30pm, to kick things off with a reading and signing. Come on by!


Another review, still sighing with relief….

…and I defy you to read this without hearing that Law & Order (RIP) “gung-gung” noise in your head when you get to the reviwers “verdict.”

3.5 weeks until pub date! Pre-order now if you’re so inclined….

Library Journal

In this food memoir, Rehak details her year working as an unpaid assistant in a Brooklyn restaurant while she researched the farm-to-table movement. She approached suppliers, worked briefly on several small organic farms, helped with butchering, made cheese, and fished off the tip of Long Island. Throughout her narrative of these experiences, she shares the story of her family, including her toddler son, who became an increasingly picky eater despite his parents’ obviously adventurous palates. Most chapters end with a recipe or two, based on the seasons and Rehak’s anecdotes. VERDICT This is a great read for those interested in behind-the-scenes restaurant work, and it has a healthy dose of information on the values of organic farming. Rehak’s side trips to suppliers add interest, especially for readers with little knowledge of the labor required to produce healthy, sustainable food.—Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. of Ohio Libs., Oxford