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Behind the Scenes with Good Morning America and The Recipe Club

Friday, October 30th, 2009

On a warm Saturday morning, Good Morning America’s Features Correspondent, Taryn Brill, joined us for a Recipe Club in Brooklyn. GMA heard about our Recipe Clubs forming all across the country, and they wanted to tape one for the show.

Just as we were getting ready for our close-up, a last-minute lipstick check revealed that our morning bagels had left us both with poppy seed-speckled teeth. So much for our glamorous celebrity lifestyles!

But that was the least of our problems. Worse was that earlier in the morning we’d discovered the New York City subway lines were down. Six people had been invited and we had no idea if they would all make it on time.

Thankfully, they all arrived without a glitch. They came bearing dishes of food, copies of their recipes, and a palpable nervous energy. But when Taryn arrived she quickly set everyone at ease. In her arms she carried a magnificent tray of noodle pudding, and soon explained it was a dessert from her mother’s repertoire, one the family traditionally brings to every major event. Clearly this was a signature dish that would tell the story of her close-knit family.

Correspondent Taryn Brill, who learned to cook from her mother, Gail Brill.

At an early age Taryn Brill learned how to cook...thanks to mom, Gail Brill.


The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship Has Arrived!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

More than 200 guests braved a cold and rainy night to help us celebrate at BookCourt bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, where we outsold any previous literary event in the bookstore’s history! (According to store management, we sold more books in one night than either E.L. Doctorow, James Elroy, or National Book Award nominee Colum McCann!) We are off to an amazing start and are delighted by the warm reader response.

The party was packed!

The party was packed!

We treated our guests to a lavish feast, and got rave reviews for our book’s recipes, including Turkish Cigarettes, First-Kiss Caramel Almond Kisses, Chocolate-Dipped Heart Cookies, Forgiveness Tapenade and Diploma Dip.

The food was fit for friendship.

The food was fit for friendship.


The Recipe Club: The Story Behind our Story

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

It all began in February, 1997, in Brooklyn, New York.

Much like the characters in our book, our relationship started with a letter. Well, not exactly a letter—an ad in the New York Times Real Estate section:

Two bedroom apartment for sale, Park Slope.
No broker.
No fee.
No regrets.

“This is too good to be true!” Andrea and her partner cried as they entered the lobby of the funky, charming, nineteenth-century building.

The Funky yet Charming Apartment

They climbed three flights, and rang the bell.

A leggy blond opened the door. Well, not exactly a leggy blond—it was Nancy. She does have legs. She once was blond.

The walls of her apartment were purple, the better to match her sink, tub, and shoes.

After bonding immediately over a conversation about writing, it was only a matter of hours before the apartment was sold on a handshake. (more…)