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One time, when I went to visit my parents in Chicago, my mom had a freshly baked loaf of "Amish Friendship Bread" for me to try. It was absolutely delicious! She explained the premise of how the bread is made and how batches are given to friends so that they can continue the chain of bread making.
When I heard that Darien Gee had written a book called "Friendship Bread," I told my mom about it right away. I also knew that we had to feature Darien for "friendship month," as this novel will be available in paperback in early May.
Darien Gee is an author, wife, and mother of three. She’s a Libra Monkey, a chocoholic, and of late, an Amish Friendship Bread addict. (She and I have a few things in common, as we're both married with three kids and chocoholics.) A former California resident, Darien served on the board of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and ZYZZYVA, an award-winning literary journal. She’s an alum of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her next Avalon novel, "Memory Keeping," will be published in 2013 by Ballantine Books. You may also recognize her as Mia King, author of "Good Things," "Sweet Life" and "Table Manners." You can find Darien at her website (where she has recipes for Amish Friendship Bread), Facebook and Twitter.
Darien has two copies of "Friendship Bread" for some lucky US readers!
Favorite movie about friendship:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Favorite book about friendship:
"Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman
How did you meet your best friend?
It was a bit like love at first sight -- from across a crowded field of college students. I'd never met her before but we were going to talk about planning an event together, and when I spotted her, I knew.
|Chocolate Chip Cherry Friendship Bread|
Learning how to make pesto. We were figuring out what to make for dinner one night -- our regular fare was completely uninspired -- and she brought out her blender and a handful of basil leaves. It was so easy, I'd have to say that was probably the first time I realized how fun and easy cooking could be.
Three words to describe your best friend:
Funny, smart, kind
Funniest thing you did with a friend:
We were at a wedding and nobody was using the disposable cameras on the tables. So, not wanting the bride and groom to be disappointed, we started snapping shots but ended up taking more pictures of ourselves than anyone else. I felt bad afterwards, but the bride and groom later told us the pictures made them laugh and a montage made it into their "official" wedding album.
Who would play your best friend in the movie of your life:
The nicest thing your best friend has ever done for you:
Got on a plane the minute I went into labor with my third child.
Favorite destination for a girls weekend/trip:
France. Or possibly Brazil.
Celebrity you'd like to be best friends with?
Ellen DeGeneres, hands down.
Special thanks to Darien for visiting with us and sharing her book with our readers!
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