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Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste

“When I was little more than a toddler, my grandmother tried to trick me into eating by dividing my body into various “holes” situated along various abdominal checkpoints, far from an actual orifice…”

Ayun Halliday has an irreverent (and almost ADHD influenced) take on almost everything, including food. And she comes to food writing not from the rarefied place of three or four star kitchens but by getting excited about sharing her love of mochi with two kids or how pancakes really were better post-coitus. – Martha Burzynski, Gothamist

“Personally, I find hearing about foreign foods far more enjoyable than looking at vacation photographs, even my own…”

Dirty Sugar Cookies clearly elucidates Halliday’s love of food, though her duties as a mother of two and writer preclude hardcore food-snobbery–there just isn’t enough time. So the book serves as a memoir of a sort of half-assed epicure, a person who has expansive tastes, but has to make do with the time she has – just like 99 percent of the population. – Kyle Ryan, The Onion

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a true post-coital breakfast. Oh, I have sex, and then eventually granola, but it’s not the same…”

In a fun, goofy tour through her culinary upbringing, Halliday tries to figure out, more or less, how she went from the pickiest of little girl eaters to an omnivorous globetrotter with a finicky little girl of her own. – Martha Bayne, The Chicago Reader


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Gitcher  Dirty Sugar Cookies autographed right here!

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Try some! “Just a Sliver.”

star graphicThen cleanse that dirty palate of yours with some mangosteen, compliments of yours truly and Perceptive Travel.

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The picky eater in question

star graphicFinally let’s burn some calories on the Dirty Sugar Cookies Virtual Book Tour! Click at random to sample a list of pet peeves pertaining to food memoirs, a heretofore-closely-guarded family recipe, interviews conducted over fabulous non-cyber luncheon, reviews, excerpts, a brawl in the comments section of a popular parenting blog, and heaven help us all, two podcasts. Thanks to all who participated, and are participating still, thanks to the wonders of the permalink.

6/1 Beatrice

6/2 The Accidental Hedonist

6/3 Vagablogging

6/4 Pie Queen

6/5 CulinaryFool

6/6 Cupcakes Take The Cake

6/7 Moorish Girl

6/8 Brandon Eats

6/9 Alice Ayers

6/10 Life’s a Picnic

6/11 Finslippy

6/12 Eat

6/13 The Amateur Gourmet

6/14 Becoming A Chef

6/15 Belly-timber

6/16 Foodie NYC

6/17 Parabasis

6/18 The Gurgling Cod

6/19 Written Road

6/20 Daily Gluttony

6/21 Gastrochick

6/22 Sugar Savvy

6/23 Cooking With Amy

6/24 Reading In Bed and Elsewhere

6/25 Fisticuffs Q. Weighstation

6/26 Bookseller Chick

6/27 Mama Cooks

6/28 The Girl Who Ate Everything

6/29 Hungry Magazine

6/30 Candyblog

Addicted to media attention at an early age …

Dirty Sugar Cookies © 2006 by Ayun Halliday