BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

A couple of years ago, I ran a holiday cookbook special, where I sold personalized, signed, gift-wrapped copies of my first book, The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook. It was so fun and successful, that this year, I decided to do it again with Pizza Dough: 100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes, and this time I am stepping up my game. 

This year, for $50 (plus shipping, which usually runs about $5), I'll ship you or someone you love a beautiful signed, personalized, hard-bound copy of Pizza Dough: 100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes, plus a gorgeous tea towel, and a large wooden spoon, so you or your giftee can get started cooking right away. 

I cannot tell you how proud I am of this book. I mean, just look at these gorgeous photos of delicious dough creations (taken by the wildly talented and delightful Frankie Frankey).

From pizza... ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls


...and focaccia sopapillas

And so much more.

Let me take care of your holiday shopping this year! Simply fill in this form and I'll send you a digital invoice. Once you've paid the invoice, I'll start putting your order together and you can officially stop worrying about your holiday shopping for the year.

This holiday season, give the gift of pizza dough! 

Questions? Email me! I'm at 

Happy New Year!

You may have seen a few posts in my Facebook and Twitter feeds about the ridiculous, crazy, wild news of a TV show inspired by BrokeAss Gourmet and my adventures in and out of the kitchen. I've had a few requests for an explanation of, um, how the hell that happened, so I thought I'd share one in the same place this whole thing started: my blog.  

In early 2011, I got an email from an agent at Creative Artists Agency. He loved BrokeAss Gourmet, and wanted to know if I had ever considered doing something with it in the scripted TV realm. Say, a sitcom?


Uh, no. I hadn't considered doing that before.

But he truly thought there was something there. Eventually, he found a few production companies interested in meeting with me. Still in disbelief that anyone would actually think that a show inspired by my life would be something people would want to watch, I flew to LA. My first book, The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook, had just come out, so I stuffed a few copies of it into my falling-apart Target purse, swiped on some red lipstick, and hoped to be taken at least a little bit seriously.

Lo and behold, The Tannenbaum Company, creators of CBS' mega-hit, Two and a Half Men, loved me. They wanted to get started right away. My agent assured me that this was very, very good. I could not believe it. 

My disbelief continued, as the Tannenbaum Company brought me back down to Los Angeles to interview writers. In case you've never interviewed someone who is up for the job of writing the TV version of your life, allow me to tell you: it's very surreal. You might even find yourself laughing out loud during the process because you can't believe it's happening.

But then, if you're lucky, the process will lead you to meet a writer whom you just know is the one. When the meeting ends, you won't want him to go. He is Dave Holden. And he was the one for my show. Which, of course, I still couldn't believe was starting to take shape.

Dave came to San Francisco to absorb a little bit of BrokeAss Gourmet at the source. He met my family, a few of my friends, and of course, Evan. Then he set to work, writing the pilot script.

The pilot went through several iterations. Dave workshopped it with The Tannenbaum Company for weeks until they had something they were truly happy with. The story of a feisty young food blogger named Gabi, who lives in the Mission district in San Francisco and applies for a job as a personal chef to a Zuckerberg-type character. She is klutzy and blunt, but full of heart and aspiration. Dave called the show Young & Hungry.

Then, we pitched to the networks. I made Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and distributed more copies of my book to network executives. Then, we waited.

At first, we didn't hear much, so I banished the possibility of this actually manifesting to the tiny attic in my brain, where unlikely dreams are stored. 

But then, something crazy happened. 

While visiting friends in Tulsa, I got a call from my agent. "It looks like we've got an offer from ABC Family!" he told me.

I happen to love ABC Family. Pretty Little Liars is my sorry-not-sorry guilty pleasure. They were interested in my show?! 

And they were. So much so, that they greenlit a pilot

Then, they cast it.

Emily Osment, of Hannah Montana fame, as Gabi Diamond, our protagonist.

Jonathan Sadowski, of $#*! My Dad Says, as Josh Kaminski, Gabi's tech entrepreneur boss.

Rex Lee of Entourage, as Elliot Park, Josh's publicist/assistant.

Annie Potts of GCB, Designing Women, and, of course, Ghostbusters, as Donna Kaminski, Josh's overbearing mother.

The Americans' Aimee Carrero as Gabi's best friend and roommate, Sofia Rodriguez.

Australian newcomer, Mallory Jansen, as Caroline, Josh's high society girlfriend.

The inimitable Kym Whitley, of Curb Your Enthusiasm plays Yolanda, Josh's housekeeper.

And finally, Top Chef winner and owner of Los Angeles' ink, Michael Voltaggio, as himself. 

Oh, and the lovely Ashley Tisdale is executive-producing.


So Evan and I flew to Los Angeles to watch the taping of the show, and you guys, it was good.

I realize I'm biased, but it was the kind of show I'd want to watch, even if it weren't directly connected to me. The characters are lovable, but real. You want to hang out with them. More specifically, you want to share a meal and a few drinks with them. 

And then, this Monday, the unimaginable happened: ABC Family picked up the show. It's going to series. Production starts this spring, and the show will premiere later in 2014. 

I can't begin to express how blown away I am. It feels like yesterday that the concept of this maybe being a faint possibility was just introduced to me. But here we are.

I'll keep you posted on my involvement, as we get closer to the premiere. But for now, I'm going to celebrate with a few cocktails and an incredible meal.


BrokeAss Beauty: Homemade Shampoo

Have you heard about this no 'poo business? Evidently, it's the latest underground beauty craze. People everywhere have stopped washing their hair and are "claiming it's the best thing ever.

I have to say, I'm inspired. Throngs of former shampoo-slaves are tossing their bottles and reporting shinier, healthier, more manageable locks. I'm seriously considering giving it a try...

...but not just yet. I have some important work things next week, and I need to look presentable (no 'poo-ers say the first few weeks of giving up shampoo leave you looking like a bit of a greaseball as your scalp adjusts its oil production). But I was psyched to discover this post from the hip homesteading blog, Crunchy Betty. It seemed like a good compromise--a homemade shampoo made from simple, inexpensive ingredients--just pure castille soap and coconut milk. Evidently, coconut milk contains very mild natural surfacants, which, in combination with the castille, create a luxurious lather. Oh, and it's 100% biodegradable. Now, sitting here, freshly showered, I can tell you: this stuff works. My hair smells amazing (kind of island-breezy, from the coconut) and feels soft and smooth, but not heavy. Even better, my scalp, which can sometimes get a little tight and dry after I wash my hair, feels great. Next time I make a batch, I might even experiment with adding a few drops of essential oil.

Call me a hippie--I don't care. My hair looks awesome.


  • 6 oz. pure castille soap (buy in the bulk section of a health food store and take only what you need) $3
  • 2 oz. coconut milk (don't use light) $1.50 for a 15-oz. can

Recipe Serves About 20 shampoos


  1. Combine the ingredients in a jar or bottle (make sure the lid/cap fits tightly). Shake gently and use about a tablespoon of the mixture to shampoo (that was enough for my just-past-the-shoulder-length hair.
  2. Store the leftover shampoo in the fridge.
  3. Makes enough for about 20 shampoos.