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Highway 1 // Big SUr

Let’s talk the fun/exciting/scary stuff first! BOOK TOUR! I can’t believe that I am on the cusp of this moment. I can’t believe that all of a sudden, a handful of dates are booked on the west coast, with more to come, and a later round in fall on the east coast. WHOA! I’m equally thrilled and terrified. I’m really excited to meet some of you fine folks who share my passion for vegetables and color and being inspired by those things. I’m so proud of the little book that I made.

Speaking of, you can pre-order Vibrant Food now at any of these spots online:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, iBooks, Google Books, or Powell’s.

HEY Portland and Los Angeles!!! I would love to schedule a class, event, or party in your city. Let’s talk if you want to host or have a suggestion!


June 25th, San Francisco, CA: Omnivore Books!, 6:30 PM.

June TBA, San Diego, CA.

July 2nd, Pasadena, CA: Vroman’s Bookstore, 7 PM.

July 12th, Larkspur (Marin), CA: Diesel, A Bookstore, 1 PM.

July 29th, Seattle, WA: Book Larder, 6:30 PM.

July 30th, Seattle, WA: The Pantry at Delancey, teaching a class! 6-9 PM.

July 31st, Seattle, WA: The Pantry at Delancey, teaching a class! 6-9 PM.

September 13th, Corte Madera (Marin), CA: Book Passage, 4 PM.


There are certain colors, tones, and qualities of light that just get me. Like the color of the ocean, above, on the way to Big Sur. It’s startling in the most profoundly calm way. And the bright grey of these long foggy evenings that we’ve been having lately in San Francisco. I feel like I’m bathed in soft, diffuse light when I’m outside gardening in the evening and it’s kind of magical. I’m holding on to these little things right now, when life feels so big and busy and demanding and will only become more so in the next months.

And since I’m obsessed with/terrified of public speaking right now, I’ve been absorbing all that I can from friends, family, and the internet. There’s some gold out there.

1. Like The Confidence Gap, which makes me wonder if my trepidation around public speaking is more to do with a lack of confidence than it is my introverted tendencies. It’s a powerful article. Take it to heart, ladies.

2. What to Talk About. While this book is geared more towards navigating and enlivening the random conversations that arise in day to day situations, I’m finding their advice and humor equally relevant in thinking about my book tour. They’re funny! And funny is what we all need.

3. Austin Kleon! This guy cracks me up! More smart advice, wisdom and humor relevant for anyone going after a creative life or passion, or pursuing a freelance career.

4. I’ll Finish the Dishes When I’m Dead. There are so many great pieces out there on figuring out how to slow down, do less, be more here. And yet, we keep on being too busy, doing too much, and not really being present. I’m in favor of being reminded as often as possible, especially when it’s as awesome as this piece is. Read it.

5. Four Months Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail. When I was younger, I really wanted to hike the PCT, and then I let that dream go dormant. Cheryl Strayed’s Wild reinvigorated that desire in a major way. Myla’s story is badass and so inspiring.

6. “And we should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” Live Fruitfully and Honestly.

7. This one felt like a gift times two. Megan gives us sage words on life, and a mind-blowing granola bark recipe.

  • Nader Khouri - I’m so excited, you’re going to do amazing! Let me know if you wanna practice on me. Every time I speak I’m that much better the next time.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Schantz - Your SF and Marin events are in my calendar. Congratulations, Kimberley! Can’t wait! :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Slonecker - So exciting!! I’m happy to give you suggestions for a Portland event–lots of ideas. You should also try to schedule something at Shed in Healdsburg, if you haven’t yet. Hit me up!ReplyCancel

  • Erica Julson - LOVE the book cover. Can’t wait to buy it! I’m marking your Pasadena book signing on my calendar as we speak! Congrats on all the hard work paying off :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen - Yesss…..Seattle stop at the Book Larder is on my calendar!ReplyCancel

  • sue obryan - L.A.: I recommend Diesel Bookstore in the Brentwood Country Mart, home to Jeff Cerciello (chef at Ad Hoc, exec chef for Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) Farmshop restaurant and food/grocery/specialty store. I buy all of my cookbooks there and they regularly host author signings, speakings, etc. It is a very foodie neighborhood and culture there . . . . let me know if you want me to speak to owner of store . . . I’m just a fan but it’s like a second home to me . . . cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Baby June - Wow, a book tour? That’s the dream. I hope to follow that writerly path someday. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate Leahy - After all those fun instagrams, I’m excited to see your book in “real life.” Hope to make it to the omnivore event. Here’s to a fun-filled, action-packed tour.ReplyCancel

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen - A book tour! So exciting, Kimberley! Also, I love those pictures from Big Sur. It sure is one of the most wonderful & powerful sceneries I’ve been blessed to see.ReplyCancel

  • Monika - Oh yes, public speaking might be something terrible. But you shouldn’t be affraid of it, beacuse when you’re talking about something you love, this whole fear and stress dissapear in first minute of your speech. Also we do not expect to see Lady Gaga, because we know how gentle and modest person you are. I’m sure you’re going to be just fine. Looking forward for Omnivore meeting! Good luck with everything!!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Portland: How about Powell’s or Hip Cooks? It would be great to see you here!ReplyCancel

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