How To Turn Things Around, George Costanza-Style

Seinfeld’s George Costanza in action

It was my birthday last week! Patrick and I had a great time away despite everything that’s going on in the world today.

But if you’re like me, not every day can be a fun-filled extravaganza. Not even close. I’ve realized over the years that my natural tendencies are toward…


You should know better.

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I have a lovely friend with four kids, ages eleven to two. They’ve been quarantining since March, just like the rest of us, and it’s been tough. This friend had major surgery last week, and her husband has been juggling childcare and housework and his full-time…


The Perfect Dinner for Spring

I’m so close to being done with the new edition of Comfortably Yum! To keep you company, here’s a recently developed recipe from the collection.

My best friend is Finnish, and I’ve gained a fond appreciation for her culture. …


My Version of the Ted Lasso Cookie

Hey! Have you missed me? I’ve been hard at work at the revised and drastically expanded version of my cookbook, Comfortably Yum. It should be ready for you in just a few weeks. …


A Holiday Shopping Guide

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I’ve been working on a second edition of my cookbook for a while and had hoped to have it ready for the holiday season. Alas, no — but hopefully it will be out in the early spring.

In the meantime, here are some cookbook suggestions for everybody on your holiday…


The Best Music for the Best Season

Annunciation to the Shepherds, Master of the Houghton Miniatures, 15th century

True confession: I own over forty Christmas CDs. That may seem excessive to some; this I acknowledge. Whenever I feel tempted to judge someone for a shoe fetish or other acquisitive hobby, I remember my drawer of Christmas CDs and realize that I…


Better late than never….

You’re all probably smarter and more organized than I am and have already finished your holiday shopping. But just in case you haven’t, I’ve written about some of my favorite sources for unusual and delightful gifts. (And here’s another great list.)

This year especially, it feels…


A Different Kind of Advent Calendar

The holidays are just about upon us. This year, many of our usual activities are out of the question. There will be no Christmas concerts. No craft exhibitions at the schools. No caroling in groups. No parties or cookie or ornament exchanges. No live nativity scenes. …


Set Yourself Up for Success

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My friend and former classmate, Kim Purcell, recently wrote a terrific piece on building a writing habit. I highly recommend it.

Kim’s article got me thinking about my writing ritual, one I developed after reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. …

Luisa Perkins

Novelist, foodie, francophile. Top Writer in Books. My Patronus is our corgi, Moneypenny.

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