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Kate Christensen:  Blue Plate Special--an Autobiography of My Appetites


Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Author Kate Christensen is one of the famous writers attending the Miami International Book Fair this coming November 16 to November 23.  After writing 6 novels,  she  has turned to the memoir to tell her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960’s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled the house with his fists to her extraordinary success as a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author in 2008 for her book, The Great Man. 

In Blue Plate Special--an Autobiography of My Appetites , food is inextricably part of her life and she writes of her hunger.  Hunger for food, for love, for a sense of belonging.  While Christensen writes about her struggle to find the contentment she has always yearned for, she also writes recipes… like the recipe for the cottage cheese pancakes piling up on the cover of her book.

"To taste fully is to live fully," says Kate Christensen as she talks about love, cooking, existence, weight, pain and joy.


Blue Plate Special, will fill you with delicious pleasure.  

You can meet Kate Christensen at the Miami International Book Fair. For information on the many readings and events you can log on to .