Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Our Kitchen: Cooking Under Construction

    Our Kitchen: Cooking Under Construction

    Last year we moved into a historic 1920s building in Chicago. The apartment had been empty for nearly a decade and was previously decorated in the popular styles of bygone eras — color and accessory choices from the 80s being the predominant style for the elderly couple who lived there before us.I have grown to love all the kitchens I have had in my lifetime, from the spartan European kitchen I had in Frankfurt, with its tiny fridge and Ikea table where the kids would color, to my beloved Spanish-style kitchen in Casa del Lobos, with its red clay tiles[...]
    Cover Reveal!

    Cover Reveal!

    Our publisher Quirk Books has unveiled the cover of Forking Good!"A fun, lively, and fully illustrated cookbook of 30 original recipes, Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of #TheGoodPlace is filled with the absurd, pun-driven food humor and accessible philosophy that we love about the show! (No peeps were harmed in the making of this cookbook.)" The release day is October 22, 2019, but you can pre-order now![...]
    Night of the Deadlines

    Night of the Deadlines

    A dear friend met me for coffee a month ago and gifted me with the mug pictured below; when I opened the box, I laughed long and hard in the cafe where we were enjoying breakfast--it was perfect.When we started working on FORKING GOOD, I knew the deadline was going to be tight. I write pretty well under pressure, although it's often at the expense of things like sleep, socialization, and self-care. What I was not prepared for was *cooking* under pressure—because this cookbook manuscript wasn’t just an exercise in writing clever philosophy lessons related to the sitcom The[...]
    Remembering Gene Wolfe

    Remembering Gene Wolfe

    Gene Wolfe passed away last night, April 14, 2019. He was one of the world’s greatest writers, one of my literary heroes and inspiration, and he was my friend. Many people have written about his novels and stories, and more will continue to speak about Gene’s incredible talent, his sharp intellect and wit, his brilliant imagination and unforgettable characters. It’s all true and so much more. Gene’s writing bridged literary and genre worlds in a way unlike any other writer. His books and stories will stand the test of time.When the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame decided to honor a[...]
    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    As someone whose birthday falls ten days before Valentine's Day, there were always a lot of red and pink decorations around the stores for my mother to draw inspiration from when decorating for my birthday; and I loved the lacy decorations, the red balloons, the hearts and roses. I still do. They are pretty and passionate and powerful and provocative, and I adore them, especially vintage cards and decorations and handmade tokens of love.St. Valentine's Day is also my "Name Day," the feast day of the saint whose name I share. This is a tradition celebrated by many Ukrainians, and[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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