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Northampton, MA

Deanna F. Cook is a kids' cookbook and kids'  activity book author. She is the author of Cooking Class, Teddy Bear Doctor, The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook, and Kids' Pumpkin Projects. She is also the content director at, a kids cooking kit, and a former editor at Disney, FamilyFun magazine, and Scholastic. 

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Garden, Grads, and Books

Deanna Cook

Time is flying by this month — and I'm bracing myself for a busy few weeks ahead. I'll be at the Book Expo in NYC on Thursday May 28th signing books (and sharing some dipped chocolate) at the Workman/Storey booth and at the author autographing area of BEA so please come say hello if you are at BEA this year. That night, I'm heading back home so I can attend my daughter's middle school closing ceremony. Then I'll be in NYC for the weekend, sharing Cooking Class at this year's Book Con.

Once the book fair fun is over, it'll be time to go back home and start prepping for my daughter's high school graduation party. I am planning the menu now for a cookout on our deck. With fresh greens, chives, mint, and radishes all ready to pick in my garden, I'm picturing big bowls of salads (green salad, tabouleh, roasted veggies, and more). I'm also planning to grill up chicken and shrimp with this tasty new recipe for BBQ rub that I developed for Kidstir.

This week, and my girls' entire childhood, seems to be moving at rocket speed. I'm hoping to slow it all down by sitting at the dinner table whenever I can (I'm looking forward to a few dinners out in NYC for book fair, our graduation cookout, and simple meals on our deck). After all, some of the best moments in life are when we share fresh food with family and friends. With just one bite, the fast pace comes to a halt and we savor not only the taste of good food, but also our fleeting time together. 

Fun at BEA!