publications list


Culinary Writing


Bean by Bean, October 2012
(Workman Publishing,

The Cornbread Gospels, fall 2007
(Workman Publishing). 30,000 copies in print. “Good Cooks” Book Club selection.

Passionate Vegetarian: Over 1,000 Robust Recipes Plus Notes on Cooking, Eating, Living, And Loving Fearlessly, October 2002
(Workman Publishing) Winner, James Beard Award, 2003. Nominee, IACP Cookbook Award, 2002. Selected for more than 25 “10 Best Cookbooks of the Year” lists. Over 180,000 copies in print. Featured “Good Cooks” Book Club selection.

Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook, 1992
Workman Publishing. Nominee, Julia Child and James Beard Awards; selected for 11 different  “10 Best Cookbooks of the Year” lists, including that of the Washington Post. 14 printings, 287,000 copies in print. “Good Cooks” Book Club selection.

Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, 1986, with Jan Brown
Macmillan, hardcover (paperback Cato & Martin, 1992) World of Cookbooks Best Regional Cookbook Award 1986, L.A. Times 10 Best 1986) Over 30,000 in print.

The Bean Book, 1972
Workman Publishing. A substantially revised and updated edition of this title was published by Workman in 2012.

Culinary Writing

Currently: contributing writer to Relish, with over 25 articles appearing between 2006 and 2008.
Bon Appétit, recipe development, “Flavors of the World: Peanut Butter” (March, 1999)
Fine Cooking, “Cornbread, Speedy Yet Soulful” (April/May, 1997) 
Arkansas Times, occasional  freelance articles, 1980-1998
Food Forum, 1997 and 1999
New Age, 1977-1978 (food columnist)


The Year It Rained,1985, Macmillan  (N.Y. Times Notable Book; foreign publication in Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden)

To Take a Dare,1982, Harper & Row (with Paul Zindel; Bantam paperback 1984) Young Adult

Numerous poems and short stories have appeared in literary journals; details on request


Children’s Literature

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep, 2012
Little Brown, illustrated by David McPhail

Sack of Potatoes, 2002
Marshall Cavendish, illustrated by Catherine Stock

And Then It Rained / And Then the Sun Came Out, 2002
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster

Bat in the Dining Room, 1997
Marshall Cavendish (also published in North American Review in 1995, and in paperback with Marshall Cavendish in 2003); illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Brass Button,1997
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster illustrated by Susan Paradise

Annie Flies the Birthday Bike,1993
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster paperback, Aladdin Books,1996), illustrated by Emily McCully

Alligators and Others All Year Long,1993
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (paperback, Aladdin Books, 1996), illustrated by Jose Aruego

Winter Holding Spring,1990
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (A William Allen white Children’s Choice Nominee); illustrated by Ron Himler

Home Place,1990
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (Golden Kite Award; paperback, Aladdin Books, 1993; Scholastic Books, 5 textbook reprints), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The Itch Book, 1990
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Joseph Mahler

This Is the Bread I Baked for Ned,1989
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (paperback, Aladdin Books, 1998), illustrated by Isidore Seltzer

I Hate My Sister Maggie,1989
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (paperback, Aladdin Books, 1998), illustrated by Leslie Morrill.

Dear Miss Moshki, 1988
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Diane Palmisciano

Margaret Ziegler Is Horse-Crazy, 1988
Macmillan, illustrated by Peter Elwell.

Alligator Arrived with Apples,1987
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster (paperback, Aladdin Books,1997), illustrated by Jose Aruego

Diana, Maybe,1987
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

Half a Moon and One Whole Star,1986
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
(Coretta Scott King Award, Reading Rainbow Selection; Aladdin Books Paperback, 1988)

Always, Always,1984
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Arieh Zeldeh (Parents’ Choice Literary Honor 1984, Social Sciences Book of the Year)

Jemima Remembers,1984
Macmillan (National Council of Teachers English Choice Award, 1985), illustrated by Troy Howell

Harper & Row, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

I Hate My Brother Harry,1983
Harper & Row, illustrated by Robert Quackenbach (paperback; Harper Trophy, 1986; video, Phoenix Films,1989)

Katie in the Morning,1983
Harper & Row, illustrated by Betsey Day.

If You Call My Name,1981
Harper & Row, illustrated by David Palladino

Your Owl Friend,1977
Harper & Row, illustrated by Ruth Bornstein

Will It Be Okay?,1977
Harper & Row (excerpted in Ms. Magazine), illustrated by Ben Schecter

When Light Turns Into Night, 1977
Harper & Row, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Wind Rose,1976
Harper & Row, illustrated by Ron Himler

Strawberry Dress Escape,1975
Charles Scribners, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Rainy Day Together,1970
Harper & Row, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Magazine Articles

New York Times Book Review, 1989-1993, children’s book reviews, contemporary fiction
, 1993, “Kiss and Televise”
Discover, 1990-1991, “The Dollar is Weak against the Pound: High Tea in London” ; various
Travel Holiday
, 1990-1991, various
Ms, 1983-1985
Los Angeles
, 1984, “Dear Ann Landers, I Want to Rent a Car with Low MPG…”
McCall’s, 1980-1984; various
Ladies Home Journal, 1980-1981, various
Cosmopolitan, 1972-1979; “Sweet Sweet Connie”, various
, 1977-1978; various
New Age
, 1977-1978; various
Arkansas Times
, 1972-1978; various


Samples (links, tear-sheets) available on request