Friday, March 12, 2010

Guest Post by Author Sarah Addison Allen "The Girl Who Chased The Moon"

A big thank you to Sarah for her guest post today!

All about Food and Books:
Food always seems to make its way into what I write. My debut Garden Spells features a caterer who makes delicious dishes with edible flowers. My book The Sugar Queen is chock full of Southern and rural candies.

When I sat down to write my new book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, I only knew one magical thing about it: that it was going to be set in a North Carolina barbecue town, where the air was always tomato-sweet and hickory-smoked.

I remember the first time I heard someone refer to outdoor grilling as "barbecuing." It was so foreign to me. As Grandpa Vance says in The Girl Who Chased the Moon: "Hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill, that's called cooking out around here." In North Carolina , barbecue means pork. Pulled pork and sauce and cole slaw and hush puppies. Our idea of barbecue is just a part of the odd loveliness of my home state, part of its distinctive flavor. I hope you enjoy this taste of it.

About the Author:

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is currently at work on her next novel. You can visit Sarah Addison Allen’s website at


  1. Thank you for the lovely review! My review goes up 3/17.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to read your review because this was a favorite of mine.