You Guessed It

by jenna on November 10, 2009

So, this morning I’m going to share some very very VERY exciting news with y’all that has been close to my heart for awhile.

First of all, let me preface this by saying it is VERY HARD TO KEEP A SECRET ON THE BLOG!!!!! I feel like I share a huge chunk of my life on here and that’s why, for over two months now, I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell you guys the latest development in my life.

Of course, what would I be if I didn’t weave the whole story into it?

It all started in mid-August when I was in Vero Beach visiting Christie and working at the cupcake store….remember?!

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This was way before I decided to move to California and I was sort of at a spot where I had no idea where my life was going. You know when you feel like you are on the brink of something totally awesome happening but you just aren’t there yet? That was how I felt. I felt STUCK.

And then I got “the email”…….

I literally started screaming in the cupcake shop!

And then, just last month, I flew out to NYC to finalize the deal….oh, the mystery! ;)

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So yes, I’m going to confirm now what a bunch of you have already guessed………

I GOT A BOOK DEAL!!!!!

My book will hit bookshelves in Spring of 2011 and I honestly keep pinching myself wondering if this is really happening. I mean, honestly, this is all I’ve ever wanted and the fact that it’s now coming true not only excites me more than anything but also scares me to death!

The book is going to be a memoir with recipes-–of my time in culinary school and living in Paris. It will be about 250 pages and will be found in the cookbook section of Barnes and Noble.

I still can hardly breathe when I think about it. This is coming from a girl who used to sit in the cookbook section of the bookstore for HOURS and read recipes when she was….eight. I mean, I practically have all of Alice Waters books memorized. All my life I’ve wanted to be an author and I feel so incredibly blessed with this amazing opportunity.

How did I do it? The found me! I’m working with a wonderful publishing company in New York and, surprisingly enough (haha), they found me from the blog. Seriously, the email from them came 100% out of the blue when I was so frustrated with my life and not feeling like I was going anywhere. Everything happens for a reason, and there couldn’t have been a more opportune time for this to occur. Like I said, I just am so blessed and thankful and still can’t even believe it’s all going down.

I guess I need to buy a desk? ;)

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Rachel November 10, 2009 at 6:59 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time but have never commented. I continue to be impressed by your tenacity and outlook on life, and I think that you definitely deserve this. I’m so happy for you, and can’t wait to read the book!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 10, 2009 at 7:01 am

CONGRATS!!! Girl, you so deserve it!!! Yay!! :)

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Stephanie R November 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

Congratulations! You deserve it! Can’t wait to read it next year! :)

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Jeannie November 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

Congratulations Jenna! I visit your blog everyday and I think you are fantastic. Your enthusiasm just leaps off of the computer screen. I look forward to seeing what you’ve posted all of the time. :-) I will be sure to look for your book come spring!

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Kareen Latour November 10, 2009 at 7:04 am

Wow! Congratulations Jenna!
I’ll be buying that book for sure. Hopefully it will be available in Canada!

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Brynn November 10, 2009 at 7:05 am

Congratulations, Jenna!!! How exciting. Can’t wait to read it!

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Ryan @ Greens for Good November 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

WOW! Congratulations Jenna!

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Kristin P. November 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

Congratulations!!!!

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Stephanie November 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

CONGRATULATIONS, JENNA!!! I can’t wait to read it. ;)

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marisa (vinyasa mama) November 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

oh my gosh!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That’s such amazing news for you. I thought you’d been “glowing” for awhile now, but I just thought it was the California produce! I can’t wait to read it and start cooking the recipies!!!

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Jen (Running With Cake) November 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

How exciting! I’m a firm believer in the saying “Things happen for a reason”. So all of your twists and turns in life really meant something. I’m sure we’ll be seeing you on the Food Network soon!

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Louise November 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

That is amazing news! I wish I could pre-order it already :) Reading your blog is one of the best parts of my work day.

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Kris November 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

OMG, Congratulations Jenna. You so deserve this. You took a chance way back when you gave up your baking job to pursue what you really wanted in life and now it is totally paying off! You have a beautiful life with a job that you love, great friends, and now a book deal! How much greater can life be for a writer!
Congratulations!!!!

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Lizzie November 10, 2009 at 7:10 am

Woot-woot!!! That’s AMAZING news Jenna! How funny – I was just saying to my husband last night that next time we’re in SFO we need to come up and take a tour at your ‘office’. Now you’re going to be in book shops as well! Possibly book signings??? Your career is on a roll lady! I agree with others – seriously, how far away can the Food Network be?? :)

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Corey November 10, 2009 at 7:11 am

WOW, congratulations Jenna!!!! That is so exciting!! You absolutely deserve this and I can’t wait to buy it!! I read your blog every day (love it!) but don’t usually comment . . .this definitely called for a comment though:). I’m so happy for you that God has blessed you this way!

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missmolly November 10, 2009 at 7:11 am

Congratulations Jenna! I think I have been reading your blog for almost two years and you have been a huge inspiration to me that I’d like to start my own blog, soon I hope. Anywho I will definitely be buying your book! Good luck!

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Shandi November 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

WOW! Jenna! That is so great! God is planning great things for you girl!

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Karla November 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you Jenna! Can’t wait to pick up a copy of your book come 2011.

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Marisa November 10, 2009 at 7:14 am

Jenna-
I’m so happy to hear this news. What a whirlwind your life has been this year. It has been inspiring to follow your journey, watching you follow YOUR dreams and no one else’s. And look where it has led. Good for you! I wish you all the best.
Marisa

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Sammie November 10, 2009 at 7:14 am

Congrats Jenna!! I can’t wait to see your book on the shelves. I will definitely buy a copy. You are an amazing writer. What an amazing adventure you are about to encounter.

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope November 10, 2009 at 7:14 am

Wow, Congrats!

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julia November 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

Congrats Jenna! I’m looking forward to reading it!

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Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life November 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

Congrats!!! That is so exciting!

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Congratulations! Everything seems to be falling exactly into place for you, and it seems like you deserve it!

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Diana November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Congratulations!! That’s so awesome Jenna! :)

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Carolyn November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

Congrats!!! You are seriously living my dream! You deserve all the success that’s coming your way :)

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Ashley November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

CONGRATS! i’ll be the girl sitting in the cookbook section reading YOUR book now :) so glad I got to meet you this past weekend! It was an amazing time with amazing girls !

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Steph November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

AMAZING!!!

congrats jenna! i will be buying a copy for sure!

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Tori November 10, 2009 at 7:17 am

This is awesome news! You deserve it! Looking forward to reading it.

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Stephanie November 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

Oh Wow!! Congratulations! That is so exciting! You are an excellent writer so I know it will be a great book! I can’t wait to read it!!

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Danielle November 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

Congratulations Jenna! I couldn’t think of a better opportunity for you right now :) I can’t wait to read it!

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Kim November 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

Good for you!!! That’s awesome! It’s going to be a fantastic book!

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lucy November 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

OMG! I can’t wait to read it!!! Congratulations Jenna – you really deserve it.

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Bree November 10, 2009 at 7:19 am

Congratulations! Can’t wait to buy the book!

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Callie November 10, 2009 at 7:19 am

How EXCITING!!! Congrats!!!

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Morgan November 10, 2009 at 7:19 am

I’m screaming for you. That is SOOOOOOOOOOO exciting! I can’t wait to get a copy of the book! Hopefully you will do a book tour, because I think it would be so fun to meet you! I’m so happy for you!

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Lisa November 10, 2009 at 7:20 am

Congratulations Jenna! That is so amazing… Can’t wait to read the book!

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Christina November 10, 2009 at 7:20 am

CONGRATULATIONS! WOOOHOO! I don’t ‘know’ you beyond reading your blog, obviously, but I love coming here and reading your posts so I’m totally looking forward to reading your book. I know it’s going to be absolutely amazing!!!

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Leanne November 10, 2009 at 7:22 am

How incredibly exciting!!! Congrats to you!!!

WOW.. you live such an exciting life :)

Cheers to you!

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Angi November 10, 2009 at 7:22 am

Awesome! When I buy my copy, can I ship it down and have it signed??????????

I am so happy for you. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

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Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl November 10, 2009 at 7:23 am

Eeeekkk!!! I’m soooooooooooo happy for you, Jenna!!!! Yay!!!!

Enjoy it, girl. You’ve worked HARD and you deserve it!!!!!

Hugs,
Michele

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mcari November 10, 2009 at 7:23 am

congrats jenna! you 100% deserve it. i seriously cant wait to read it!

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Nicci@NiftyEats November 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

This is so exciting, Congrats Jenna. You deserve this!

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Liz November 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

Congratulations! That is so exciting! Maybe you’ll be the next Julie Powell (although I think your blog is better. You don’t swear as much, haha).

I can’t wait until it comes out! I will DEFINITELY be getting a copy :-)

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Ella November 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

That is amazing Jenna! Congratulations! I sure hope that the book will be avaliable in Australia……

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Rae November 10, 2009 at 7:25 am

wow wow wow! I couldnt think of a better person for it to happen to!! Will you autograph my copy? :-)

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Nicci@NiftyEats November 10, 2009 at 7:25 am

Congratulations Jenna, this is so excinting and you deserve this!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite November 10, 2009 at 7:25 am

Such exciting news!!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to buy the book!

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katie November 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

Congrats Jenna! I can’t wait to read it!!!

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Graze With Me November 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

Wow, congratulations! That is amazing that they contacted you. What a great incentive to start a blog, huh?

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Erica November 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

YES! YES YES YES!!! SOOOOOO beyond excited for you right now!!!!! Congratulations, love! I am so proud of you! Oh what would Beth tell you right now?!: Beloved, you Believed God! YAAAAAYYYY!!! Love you!

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Marlow November 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

Congrats!! You deserve it for sure!! Plus, you have tons of readers just waiting for it to hit the shelves!

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Emma Ruth @runningonoats November 10, 2009 at 7:28 am

yay! congrats! i’ll be sure to get a copy!

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Hillary November 10, 2009 at 7:30 am

I am so happy for you, Jenna! You are such an inspiration in my life and proof that the world of food/health blogging isn’t just a silly side-hobby. I admire you greatly. Can’t wait to buy the book!

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megan November 10, 2009 at 7:30 am

Wow, that is awesome! Congratulations. :)

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Molly @thevegandorm November 10, 2009 at 7:31 am

OMG! It is so great that all these blogs are getting the chance to pursue their dreams!
Congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment!!!!!

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MelissaNibbles November 10, 2009 at 7:31 am

What great news!! Congratulations. I look forward to reading!

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Heather November 10, 2009 at 7:31 am

Congrats!! I’m so happy to watch your journey – you’re a testament to living authentically!

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Alycia November 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

Congratulations, Jenna!! =)

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Sarah November 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

I can’t wait to read your book! Congrats!

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Ally November 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

oh my gosh, I’m so excited for you!! yay!! I’m really proud of you and know it’s going to be great!! Hopefully it’s the first of many books by you…can’t wait to read it!! Congratulations again, I’ve been so curious to find out what your news was!! I’m really, really happy for you :)

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Sarah November 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

Congrats congrats congrats!!!! You’re living the dream… enjoy it Jenna! You deserve it! :)

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Rebekah November 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

Congratulations!! That is just about the coolest thing EVER!! :-)

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amethyst November 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

How brilliant, Jenna! Felicitations!

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valerie November 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

I recently found your blog and I’m a huge fan. Congratulations on the book deal!!! How awesome!! I cannot wait to buy a copy.

good luck and best wishes!

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katherine (blissful-body) November 10, 2009 at 7:35 am

yippee – how exciting!!! my life goal is to also right a book on movement and finding a happy body and that’s how i got into blogging – just to practice getting my thoughts on paper! all things do happen for a reason and you deserve this so much! thanks for sharing so much with all your faithful readers! can’t wait to buy the book!

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Katyrenee November 10, 2009 at 7:35 am

Awesome! So happy for you!

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Anne P November 10, 2009 at 7:37 am

Glad to see the news announced officially! Congrats I am so excited for you! :)

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Leah @ L4L November 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

Wow! Congrats! That’s amazing! I am so happy for you! Following you through this past year has been a whirlwind! I can’t imagine actually living it! You must be thrilled! I am REALLY excited for you!

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Still Life in South America November 10, 2009 at 7:39 am

I´m so happy for you, Jenna. I had a feeling that was the reason for the trip to NYC. A collection of memoirs and recipes sounds like a good fit for you.

Can´t wait to hear about the progress!

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Amanda (two boos who eat) November 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

yay!!! That’s sooo exciting!!!!! Congrats!

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MaryZ November 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

Congratulations! I’m sure the book will be absolutely fabulous!

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Thealogian November 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

Oh, how wonderful! Congratulations–it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving gal!

Peace

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Megan November 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

CONGRATS!!!! I can not wait to read it :) I know it will be a beautiful memoir…and I am so excited for you!!!!
Happy Tuesday!!!

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Farah November 10, 2009 at 7:42 am

Congratulations Jenna!! For both the book deal and the Food Buzz Award!! You really deserve them both and I’m thrilled for you! I’ll certainly be looking for your book come Spring 2011!!

Congratulations again!!

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Diana Par-Due November 10, 2009 at 7:42 am

Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for you!
Please don’t stop blogging like crazy because I seriously am excited every morning to check my reader for your posts. I LOVE it and you’re a total inspiration to me.

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Nicole November 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anais November 10, 2009 at 7:44 am

Congrats!!! That is SO exciting!! You know that all your readers will totally buy the book! :D I certainly can’t wait to read it!

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skinnyrunner November 10, 2009 at 7:44 am

omg congratulations! how exciting! i will definitely be buying your book :)

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Sarah R November 10, 2009 at 7:45 am

Oh Jenna!! How completely wonderful!! I can’t wait for it to come out!!! Yeah!!! :)

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Rose November 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

Congratulations! This is such wonderful news!

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Ali November 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

Congrats! I am super jealous because I am at that “stuck point”…not quite done with school, but close, not sure what I want to do when I’m done, but researching…hmmm….
Congrats again Jenna- can’t wait to see you get interviewed on the Today Show in Spring 2011 ;)

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Melissa C. November 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

WOW, Jenna, Congratulations! I’m a daily reader and have never commented before, but I felt it was totally necessary today :) I’m so excited for you, you totally deserve it! Can’t wait to get a copy of your memoir in my hands! What a perfect fit for you. Best of luck, I’ll be following!

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Christie @ Honoring Health November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

I knew it!! I am so happy for you and can not wait for the book to come out! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jessie November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

That is so exciting! Congratulations!

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Julie November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

Oh my gosh Jenna!! Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you!! I will definitely be buying your book, and waiting for your food network show!! Move over Giada ;)

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alex November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

i KNEW it, but that still doesn’t take away from how HAPPY i am for you!!!!!!! I am tickled pink for you… absolutely TICKLED!

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eatmovelove November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

Beyond jealous! You are living my dream – I could only hope to be discovered by a company to write a book from my blog…anyone out there please!!!

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Simone P:T November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

Congratulations! I am literally crying at my desk right now because having my own memoir and food book is my DREAM as well and just reading this post makes me so happy and provides me with hope that someday, maybe my dream will come to fruition as well. I am honestly so thankful for this post because I feel “stuck” right now and you just gave m that little push of courage and that push I needed to forge forward. I am so excited for you!….and next time you have to meet with your publisher in NYC you better have a blogger rendezvous!! ;)

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amber November 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

congratulations!!! You are like a REAL LIFE JULIA! NOW Your Sonoma adventures can be in your second cookbook!!!!!

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brandi November 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

congratulations!!! oh my gosh, I don’t know if I would have been able to keep it a secret :) that is so exciting!!!

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Lauren November 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

hooray! can’t wait to buy it :) i hope you use some of your wine knowledge and suggest wines with your recipes…that would make this clueless kansas girl’s life easier!

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Amy November 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book :)

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Therese November 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

Man all that time you were living in Tampa and I never got to meet you (I’m in Orlando) and now you are going to be a freakin celebrity!!! Come back to Florida so I can say I know someone famous :)

Congrats girl! When God closes a door, he opens a window right?

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Amanda (modernation) November 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

Congrats Jenna. What a great concept – love it! Have you read 1,000 Days in Tuscany? I think it is fiction, but has recipe woven throughout it as well and I really loved it.

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Diane November 10, 2009 at 7:50 am

Jenna – that is fabulous news. I give you so much credit for what you have accomplished at such a young age. You should be very proud of yourself!!! I can’t wait to read your book.

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Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness November 10, 2009 at 7:50 am

Congrats, Jenna! We’re all so happy for you. I can’t wait to read it!

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~carolyn~ November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

Congratulations! I think this will be a great book. In fact, I voted for you in the Foodbuzz awards for “What blogger should have their “foodie life” made into a movie?”. I would love to read about Culinary School and living in Paris with delicious recipes mixed in and then see it in a movie…it has a Julia & Julie style written all over it! Hmmm who would play you? Good luck.

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HeatherBakes November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

Congratulations!!! A bunch of my friends and I were JUST discussing your blog (we all love it) and saying how you should write a book! I will be first in line to buy it :)

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Glamorous Newlywed November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

So exciting!!! Congratulations :)

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

Jenna you are amazing. Congratulations! I am so excited to hear about your journey and can’t wait to get my hands on the book when it comes out. You remind me why I love the blog world so much.

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mrs.boone November 10, 2009 at 7:52 am

congratulation’s Jenna. your blog is my favorite! I wake up come down stairs and sit at the computer and read it, before I. do. anything. else. best wishes. cant wait to read the book.

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Gina G November 10, 2009 at 7:53 am

o my goodness jenna! this is amazing!! Congratulations im so happy for you, no is more derserving of this than you!! =D

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Whitney November 10, 2009 at 7:54 am

Wow, congratulations, Jenna! I can’t wait for it to come out so I can put it on my cookbook shelf :)

You are truly and inspiration. Thanks for writing every day!

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Gina G November 10, 2009 at 7:54 am

o my goodness jenna! this is amazing!! Congratulations im so happy for you, no is more derserving of this than you!! =D

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Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests) November 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

Jennnnnnnaaaaa!

I am so happy for you!!!

Congratulations! This is going to be so fun!

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Nic G November 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

congrats!! can’t wait to read it.

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Danielle November 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

Ahhhh! That is awesome news. I can’t wait to read it. A recipe book combined with a memoir is PERFECT for you!

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flipflopsintherain November 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

WOW! That’s fantastic news and you definitely deserve it. I can’t imagine how hard it was to keep a secret. :) Congratulations!

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Fit Lizzio November 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

wow congratulations! that is awesome!!! what a cool few months you have been having! I must say, i’m jealous of all your new endeavors!

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ashleigh November 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

congrats!! i am so happy for you! you deserve it! I will def be buying a copy!

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Betsy November 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

How exciting! I look forward to buying your book.

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angieinatlanta November 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

Congrats! Looking forward to seeing your name in print!

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Janna (Just Flourishing) November 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

Wow. That is unbelievable! Congratulations!

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Nicole November 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

Yay! I did guess it correctly!! Congrats :)

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Gloria November 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

Congratulations!! That is so amazing and I’m honestly incredibly happy for you. I’m just a faithful, fellow foodie reader and don’t blog myself, but I enjoy reading about your culinary adventures so much and cannot WAIT to read your book!

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Jenn November 10, 2009 at 8:01 am

Wow! Congratulations, Jenna! See, the Lord knows HIS plans for you!! (Jermiah 29:11)
Jenn

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OrganicAshley November 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

Oh my gosh Jenna!! Congrats! I cant begin to tell you how it amazing it has been to watch your journey from three years ago to now. You have grown up so much and been through some really hard stuff but stuck in there with you and gave you everything you could ever ask for! I will definitely be buying your book the day it comes out! CONGRATS!!

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Laurel November 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

How wonderful! You’re really making those dreams come true! :-) Your work will be in my prayers…. Can’t wait to see it hit shelves!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

Congrats Jenna! Just one amazing thing after another for you lately!! That’s so awesome. Can’t wait for the book to come out!

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Kelly November 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

Congrats! That’s so exciting, you know you’ll have a bunch of readers :)

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Rebekah November 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

Awesome news Jenna, keep up the good work and awesome attitude!

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Julie November 10, 2009 at 8:06 am

hello! I have also been a long time reader of the blog and love following the twists and turns your life has taken as of late….in fact, I enjoy reading your blog so much that I creepily introduced myself to you at the Ferry Building over the weekend! I hope to someday create a career in a field that would be personally satisfying…its very exciting that you are already on that track. congrats!

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Rachel November 10, 2009 at 8:06 am

Oh my gosh, congratulations! How exciting :) I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago, but I’m excited to read your book in a couple of years. I hope you keep us clued in on how it goes.

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Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 10, 2009 at 8:07 am

SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You GO girl!!!! Look at YOU!!!! You better believe if there’s a pre-order option, that I’m going to do so! AWESOME!

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Brianna November 10, 2009 at 8:08 am

Congrats Jenna!! :)

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Nicole November 10, 2009 at 8:10 am

Congrats!! You so deserve this!!! :)

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nikki November 10, 2009 at 8:11 am

congrats!!!!!!! LOVE YOUR BLOG- WILL BUY YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!!

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Sharmila November 10, 2009 at 8:11 am

Congratulations Jenna! I’m so happy for you!! :) how exciting to see your dreams becoming a reality! *cheers!! :) ~Jen

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brittany November 10, 2009 at 8:11 am

congrats, jenna! can’t wait to read it :)

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Seth @ Boy Meets Food November 10, 2009 at 8:12 am

Isn’t it amazing how things just happen to work out just when you need them to?

Congratulations! That is really exciting.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

Congratulations!!!

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Eileen November 10, 2009 at 8:14 am

Congratulations Jenna! So excited for you. =)

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Camile November 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

Congrats Jenna! After meeting you this past weekend, I can really say that you totally deserve it :)

I’ll expect an autograph when I get the book!

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Lisa NYC November 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

What great news! I just wanted to say that I have just moved to the US and you were my first American friend :-) Reading your blog each day made me feel like I *knew* someone here. It also gave me great tips on where to find the best foods – what would my life be without almond butter and Oikos? I will am eagerly anticipating your book – so getting writing, already!!!

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Maggie November 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

Congrats! That’s so exciting! Since I work in publishing and will hit someone up for a free copy in a year and a half, I have to ask: who’s the publisher?

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megan November 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

Congratulations Jenna! As many others have said, I look forward to reading your blog everyday. I can really relate to that feeling of being stuck, but you inspire me not to settle for my blah job and to aspire for something that allows me to enjoy life to its fullest! I’m so happy you’ve found what your “something” is.

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Foodie Fresh November 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

Congratulations! I can’t wait to buy it and read it! Here’s to many more books and finding your niche in life!

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bella November 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

congrats to you! i will definitely be buying a copy when the time comes :)

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Natalie November 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

How exciting! I think a show on the Food Network is next…

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ttfn300 November 10, 2009 at 8:22 am

CONGRATS!!! so amazing, and I can’t wait to read it :) It was great to see you again this weekend!

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Erin November 10, 2009 at 8:22 am

Congrats, Jenna! This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog, but I’ve been following it for quite some time and it is a joy to read. Your story is so inspiring! :)

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Julie @savvyeats November 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

Congrats! This is so great, and I can’t wait to read the book! :)

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Michelle November 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

WOOHOOOO! I’m smiling from ear to ear as I read this! So happy for you and I will definitely be picking up a copy of that book to add to my own collection of cookbooks at home!

You rock!

Michelle :)

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jennah November 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

SO happy for you! i’ve been reading your blog for almost a year – it’s wonderful and i feel like i know you. :-) i generally try everything you purchase or make and i love seeing pics of your adventures. keep going! congratulations and i can’t wait to buy your book!

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BethP November 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

Jenna! THis is great. Congratulations! Who is your publisher? (I work in publishing in NY and am curious!)

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Kailey (SnackFace) November 10, 2009 at 8:26 am

AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! I am seriously freaking out right now. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I cannot wait for the book! I’ll be buying it for sure!!! Ahhhh!!! Can I celebrate FOR you? Because I just might. ;)

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Krissy - Single Serving November 10, 2009 at 8:26 am

Congratulations!! So very exciting!! The journey you are currently on is truly inspirational and I’m sure your book will be a huge success.

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Ashley November 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

Jenna, I am over the moon THRILLED for you!!!!

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Whit November 10, 2009 at 8:31 am

ahhhh JENNA! I’m so excited for you right this second! You deserve this girl, you worked hard for it! Go buy you that desk ASAP!

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Allie November 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

Congratulations!! You have a wonderfully readable voice that is always simple and true and honest.

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Taysa November 10, 2009 at 8:34 am

Hi Jenna, we met Friday night at the “street food fare.” Congratulations on the book deal! I had a feeling that might be the news…:)

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Casey Leigh November 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

Congratulations!!! That is totally awesome. Can’t wait to buy and read your future book. :)

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Lori November 10, 2009 at 8:36 am

Congratulations! How exciting for you!!

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Rika November 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

congratulation on your success!! i truly believe everything happens for a reason too :) i’ll be on a lookout for your publication when the time comes!
i hope things will sail smoothly~

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Kasee November 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

Oh my goodness! Congratulations! From what I can tell, it is a well deserved opportunity for you and I can’t wait to buy your book when its all said and done! CHEERS!!

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Sarah November 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

congrats jenna! that is so exciting!! i love your blog so much and can’t wait to read your book!!

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 10, 2009 at 8:47 am

Holy Cow! Congratulations!!! So many new and exciting adventures for you!

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Fitzalan November 10, 2009 at 8:48 am

You couldn’t be more deserving of this amazing amazing gift. Wow. I’m so excited for you and I cannot wait until it hits shelves.

Happiness Awaits

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FoodCents November 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

Jenna, this is absolutely fantastic news to hear!!! I look forward to the final product and the journey along the way. All my best to you!!!

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Debbie November 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

Congrats! I have a $50 gc from Barnes and Noble waiting for when your book is released. I am so excited. I can’t wait.

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Christina November 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

Congratulations Jenna! What fabulous news!

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Jess. November 10, 2009 at 8:54 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so awesome. I can’t wait to get it :)

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rori November 10, 2009 at 8:55 am

WHAT?!?!?! Rock on sister friend! This is amazing good stuff!

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Joelle (The Pancake Girl)) November 10, 2009 at 8:56 am

Congrats Jenna- you are a blessed girl!

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AprilBinTX November 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

Jenna!! Congratulations! That is so exciting and I can’t wait to read your book. I totally thought that was what you were up to in NYC. I think there are more great things on your horizon, too!

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Kendall November 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

Congratulations! How exciting! I have to wait a whole year for it to hit the shelves, though?! :)

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Heather November 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

That’s GREAT news!!!! :)

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Julie November 10, 2009 at 9:00 am

How FABULOUS for you, that is wonderful news and so exciting…can’t wait to read it! :)

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Britt - Runnerbelle November 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

What amazingly fabulous news!!! Congratulations!!!

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Susan November 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

congrats! that’s awesome, and i’m very happy for you! looking forward to seeing it in the bookstore! :)

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Mindy November 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

THAT’S AMAZING!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, JENNA! :D

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Lauren November 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

Congrats, Jenna! What a blessing!

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Susan November 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

Oh you KNOW I’ll be one of the first in line to buy that book!! That is amazing Jenna!!!! Congrats :D

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Crystal November 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

YAY! Go Jenna!!!!!

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tess November 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

AWESOME the way life works!!Congrats!!

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Samantha November 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait for your book to come out. You deserve it and I know you will produce a wonderful piece of work!

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Amandaj. November 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

Holy cow! I have also been reading your blog( for almost a year now) and absolutely LOVE IT! (and have never commented) I never really understood blogging till i started reading yours! i will be picking that book up first thing in 2011 I CAN’T WAIT. you rock

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crina November 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

CONGRATULATIONS!! This is amazing! Wow. WOW!
When will it come out in Europe? ;)

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Jennifer November 10, 2009 at 9:14 am

Congrats Jenna!!! I’ve been reading your blog for years now and I’m so excited that good things are coming to you. I never comment, but I felt compelled to wish you well. Seriously, I’m so excited for you, I’m at a loss for words. I’ve been wrestling with the idea of moving to the mid-west to go to school, but fear has kept me from making my final decision. Your move to California inspired me to reevaluate my life. I see you thriving in a new environment and that makes me think that I can do it too. You’re an inspiration for positive life change, I sincerely mean that. I just want to thank you for being so honest in your blog, and showing your readers that anything is possible. Good luck, Jenna, OHHHH do you think you’ll do a book tour?! Now that would be awesome!! :)

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Matt November 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

CONGRATS!
How about a free copy for readers? ;)

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Erin November 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such fabulous and exciting news! :D

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Sarah Elizabeth November 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

Jenna – Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it. I am so excited to read about your time in France!

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Betty November 10, 2009 at 9:20 am

WOW. Just, wow. What a blessing!

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Evan Thomas November 10, 2009 at 9:21 am

Congratulations! I did not guess it at all but that’s incredible!

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lexi. November 10, 2009 at 9:21 am

CONGRATS! That is so amazing. I am SO happy for you and can’t wait to read your book when it hits the shelves!
lots – o – love,
lexi

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Yasmin November 10, 2009 at 9:23 am

Congratulations! I can say I knew you and read you back when…

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diana(mymarble rye) November 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

Congrats! What an inspirational story! Anyone without a sense of direction should know to never give up! Can’t wait! Hope to see you during the book tour!

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Samantha November 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

congratulations! :)

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KatieMoo November 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

CONGRATS, JENNA! That’s so awesome. I cannot wait to read it!

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Hillary November 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

Hi ELR readers!
Just wanting to share with you the debut of a new food/health blog: http://nutritionnut.wordpress.com/

Enjoy : )

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Stephanie November 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

What absolutely fantastic news!! I know this book will be a great hit, I look forward to seeing this dream unfold for you girl :)

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maren November 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

congratulations jenna! that’s great news! can’t wait to buy your book!!!!

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Niki (Running In Pink) November 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

Major congratulations to you, Jenna! The concept sounds great. I will definitely be picking up a copy! :)

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Megan November 10, 2009 at 9:38 am

CONGRATS!!! I will most likely be purchasing a copy [or two!] of your cookbook!! Ahh I can’t wait!

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Kat (kats daily plate) November 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

WOW! I am so excited for you. And I can’t wait to see the book, all the pretty pictures, and buy it!

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Jen November 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

What an exciting opportunity!! Congratulations.

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Andrea November 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

HOLY COW! CONGRATS JENNA! So happy for you!

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Elizabeth November 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

Jenna Congrats!!! I have been following your blog for over a year now and I your are truly talented. I am so excited to pick up a copy of your book!!

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J November 10, 2009 at 9:43 am

Please come to Nova Scotia for a book signing in person when you have your book tour!!!!

Congratulations on such a beautiful dream coming to fruition at such a young age-I can only imagine how excited you and your family and friends must be at this chance of a lifetime!Yay!

And don’t you feel your brother has been an angel by your side ?He is there with you in so may ways I have no doubt.May the ocean continue to nurture ,comfort you always.

Namaste dear Jenna!And many thanks for providing us lovely writing and thoughts through your blog.

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peabody November 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

Congrats to you Jenna!

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Jayci November 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

Congrats! That’s so awesome and I can’t wait to buy your book! If it’s anything as fun and interesting as your blog, it could only turn out to be an incredible book. I think you are such a fun, down-to-earth person and love your outlook on enjoying food and balancing it with being active.

I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile, but this is the first time I’ve ever commented. :)

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Jean November 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

Congratulations on a dream becoming a reality. God is good, and His timing is perfect. I haven’t been ‘stalking’ you very long, but I come to read every day about your adventures, and am living vicariously through you. :-) Looking forward to the book (I love to read cookbooks as well!).

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 10, 2009 at 9:45 am

Jenna!!! I had a sneaking suspicion that a book deal was in the works due to all the scurrying around the country you’ve been doing and what-not. I can’t express how happy I am for you. A memoir with recipes for you seems perfect, because even though you’re still young, you’ve lived an extraordinary life (peppered with amazing meals, and food symbolism). I have no doubt that you will continue to top yourself with wonderful and admirable achievements. I’ve said it once, and I’ll continue to say it a thousand more times: you are an inspiration!

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Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) November 10, 2009 at 9:45 am

Congratulations Jenna!! I seriously cannot wait to read your book because you are an amazingly talented writer. Yay!

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Tammy November 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

COngrats Jenna! This is so exciting and you so deserve this! Can’t wait to read your book! God is GREAT!

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Courtney November 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

CONGRATS! I’ve just recently started reading, and I love the way you tell your story and how genuinely happy you seem all the time! I’m so incredibly excited for you! And forget the desk…look how far you’ve come without it!!

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Kristy November 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

Congratulations!!! That is so great!! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see the finished product.

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Brutalism November 10, 2009 at 9:51 am

Congrats! Well-deserved!

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Karen November 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

Congrats Jenna, your Mom used to tell me all the time how you were going to be a writer, I know she is so proud of you. Happy writing. :)

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The Fit Foodie November 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

Wow! Congrats, what a dream come true. You are inspiring me to reach for the stars and follow my dreams………..

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Daniella November 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

I have also been a reader for a long time, but never commented, just read! It makes me so happy! You truly deserve it! Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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MMiller November 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

Wow! Congrats Jenna! Why does Spring 2011 sound sooo far away! Hope you do some book signings! You would HAVE TO come back to FL for one! I can’t wait to buy it!

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Julie November 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

That is absolutely awesome! Congrats! Can’t wait to buy it in 2011!

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Rocky Slaughter November 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

Don’t forget to accidentally mention my name on the Today Show. I’ll let you do laundry again.

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Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

YES!!! Congrats! I am so happy for you! This is going to be great! I can’t wait to read it!

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Paige (Running Around Normal) November 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

Wow! That’s SO exciting, Jenna. You totally deserve it, and I can’t wait to read more about your journey through this stage of your life. Congratulations!

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Jenna November 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on your book :)

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Nadine November 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

Congrats!!!!

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laura dishes November 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

WOW! Watching your life unfold is so much fun!

Congrats on the book deal… I guess your famous wood floor will make it into the book if you don’t end up getting a desk! :)

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) November 10, 2009 at 10:10 am

Congratulations, Jenna! I had a suspicion! Can’t wait to read the book! :)

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Katie (Sweet Tater) November 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

congratulations! next stop… food network?

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Christie November 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

Jenna
Congratulations!! This is fantastic news – You are going to do a wonderful job, and I can’t wait to order my copy! You have been a real inspiration to me, and I appreciate your efforts on the blog… the book is going to be excellent!

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Bree November 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

Wow! Congratulations. I can’t wait to see it!

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Nick Pandolfi November 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

Amazing News!

I was wondering why you were in New York for such a short time ;)

Who’s publishing it, and does this mean you’ll get to come back for more meetings?!

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Hardy November 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

Awesome news Jenna! You are en fuego!!!!

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Lauren November 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

congrats!

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Cait (Cait's Plate) November 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

CONGRATS JENNA!!! That is so awesome! For a second there I thought you were going to say you were opening a cupcake shop! Haha. Well deserved :)

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Alma November 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

+1! Long time reader of your blog but never commented until NOW! You inspire me on a daily basis. I always look forward to reading about your adventures! You keep proving to your readers (FANS!) that anything is possible in life if you just apply yourself. Thank you for that! I’m in for a book tour in Texas!

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Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

The world works wonders. And of course, you MAY have had something to do with it. Congrats Jenna, can’t wait to see in on the shelves.
P.S. Please make the recipes five ingredients or less. Thanks.
Lindsay

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Amber November 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

Congratulations!

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Christa November 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

Hi Jenna! What amazing news! I just started reading your blog this week (found you through Kath Eats!) and I can already tell that yours will be a book I’ll want to read. Happy writing! :)

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beerab November 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

Congratulations!! I say next you get your own show on the food network! I always thought you should write a book :D

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Jessica November 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

Congratulations…what amazing news! I really enjoy your blog and will definitely buy your book! Soak up all the goodness! Jeremiah 29:11 ;)

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Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

CONGRATS!! Your book is going to be great, just like your blog is. I can’t wait to read it! This must be so exciting for you. Thanks for sharing the wonderful news. :)

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Jenna November 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

congrats jenna! you must be sooo excited :)
jenna

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Jil November 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That’s amazing news!!

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Nekeisha November 10, 2009 at 10:36 am

Congratulations, being something of a cookbook nut myself, I will be on the lookout for your book.

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 10:37 am

Wow, how inspiring! I can’t wait to read this book.

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Brittany November 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

Congrats again lady- I’m so pumped for you!!!!

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karla November 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

congrats!!! how amazing!!

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Suzanne de Cornelia November 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

I have a HUGE smile on my face! First for you, having written a book I know what fun it is. You’re already 1/2+ way there with the audience, subject matter, writing and organizing ability, and publisher for input. It’s just an expansion of your articles. i.e. I guess 3-ish X word counts of your articles equal a chapter with photos and recipes. Second, I guessed right in a post in your blog about being in Chelsea, etc, impressing myself once again with my Amazing Powers of DiVINation!! And third, for all of us going along on the exciting ride! TREMENDOUS CONGRATS!!!! Desk: Yah, that would be yet another GREAT idea. LOL :( Although poor Floor Food.

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*Andrea* November 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT TO BUY IT. I HOPE YOU DO SIGNINGS INBOSTON SO I CAN GET AN AUTOGRAPH FROM ONE OF MY FAVVVVV BLOGGERS :):)

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SueP November 10, 2009 at 10:49 am

How wonderful! Congratulations!

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boomette1 November 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

Congratulation!

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Angela November 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

OMG!!!!! omg omg omg!!!!
Congrats!!! I just squeeled with excitement! hahah. Congrats lovie I can’t wait for the book!

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alyssa November 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

AHHH!!!! this is so exciting! there is no blogger more deserving of this opportunity than you!

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Andrea November 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

Congratulations, that is great news!

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Tay November 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

CONGRATS!!!! That is amazing :-D

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Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

CONGRATS!!! That is so exciting!

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Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) November 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

Yay!!!!!!!!!! So exciting Jenna! Congrats!

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Kate November 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

Woke up to this news Jenna, so so happy for you.
Movie deal next? American in Paris? Hehe.
Can’t wait to read it!!!

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kirsten November 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

Jenna, this is SUCH amazing news!! You totally deserve this!! I cannot wait to buy this book. Congrats!!!!

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Melissa November 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

If Amazon.com has a waiting list for this book, I’m signing up. So you’d better start writing! :o

Congratulations!!!!

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Janna November 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

Isn’t it wonderful when something falls in your lap like this?

My warmest congratulatory wishes, and best of luck with your writing to come.

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Jen at This Vegetarian Life November 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

Congratulations. Looking forward to reading it!

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Danica November 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

Congrats Jenna ~ that sounds like it’s going to be such a fun book. I can’t wait to read it :)

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Jenn November 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

Congrats!!! That’s so exciting! Im so happy for you and I can’t wait to read your book =)

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Caroline November 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

Awesome! You’ve got a buyer here :)

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Alanna November 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

OH MY!!
That is oh so so so exciting!
Congratulations!

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 11:04 am

Holy COW congratulations!!! That is the best news ever – I am so excited for you!!!

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caitlin November 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

yay YOU!

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Janine November 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

CONGRATULATIONS!! You work so hard at everything you do and it shows. I know you will write an amazing book and be very successful. I will definitely order a copy when it comes out. xo

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Anne November 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

Congrats! I am writing a book too and it is a bunch of work but lots of fun!

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Stephanie @ Foodie McFood November 10, 2009 at 11:16 am

You are going to rock this! I have been reading your blog for ages and I am so happy that all of your hard work and talent is finally getting recognized!

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Tania (Moment Anew) November 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

Congrats!! You have truly come full circle! All the best to you! :)

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Jennifer November 10, 2009 at 11:23 am

Congratulations!!!

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Deirdre November 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

I never post but had to – congrats. That is such amazing news. Wonderful things happen to wonderful people!

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TorontoGirloutWest November 10, 2009 at 11:26 am

I am just so absolutely thrilled for you!!!!! I know it’s going to be a FABULOUS book!!!

On a related note – isn’t God amazing?!?! Just when you’ve gone through the darkest period of your life look what He had waiting for you!!! :)

I’m super excited for you Jenna – I really am!!!!

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Meghan November 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

Congratulations, Jenna! You SO deserve it! I know the book will be absolutely beautiful and you best believe I will be at Barnes and Noble the day it comes out! Will this be your new full time job?

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Megan November 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

This is amazing. I am so happy for you! Congrats!!

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molly November 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

wow! this is inspiring — congratulations!!

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Eliza November 10, 2009 at 11:35 am

WOWWWWWW!!! Congrats! I got goosebumps reading that post. So. Exciting.For. You and can’t wait to read/buy it! :)

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Mellissa November 10, 2009 at 11:35 am

Congrats on the great news!

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chrissy November 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

I knew it! Congratulations – it sounds like an amazing opportunity. I look forward to reading your book!

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Kristina November 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

Jenna
I picked up your blog during the Murphy Goode story line as I am from Atlanta. I have gone back and read it all and follow you everyday. I have never posted before on any blog but had to for this. You have been a tremendous inspiration to many and I would include myself although I am old enough to be your mother. I am very happy for you and wish you continued success. I’ll be following. Kristina

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Alexis November 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

Well deserved – congrats!

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Fancy November 10, 2009 at 11:42 am

Congratulations, Jenna! How exciting :)

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) November 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

Congratulations! Here’s to the best seller list!

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Aimee November 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

Wow! Congratulations Jenna. I love your blog. I visit it daily. You have such great, positive energy and it is infectious. You are deserving of all your success. Such exciting news!!

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Ingunn November 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

That is so cool, congratulations!!

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Shirley November 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

How very exciting for you! Congratulations! This is a book I will definitely buy!

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Tara November 10, 2009 at 11:46 am

Congrats Jenna! I actually got a little teary-eyed reading this and I am so excited for you!

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Dodo November 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

Hi! I read your blog for about a year and I absolutely love it. Although I’ve never commented before, I cannot help but say a huge “congratulations!” to you! I’m sure your book will be wonderful and even though I’m not sure about finding it in Turkey (yes, I’m Turkish and live in Istanbul), I’ll try my best to get it from some online bookstore. Lots of love from Turkey! :)

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Melanie November 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

Wow congratulations Jenna!!! How wonderful to be able to write about what you love!! Enjoy!

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Amy November 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

Yayyyy! I have been reading your blog forever and I’m so happy for you. You certainly have some adventures to write about. I bet the challenge will be putting some juice into the memoir that isn’t already spilled on the blog!! ;) Go you!

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Julianne November 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

Adding to the chorus and saying Congrats! You deserve it and I can’t wait to read it!

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Erin November 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Congrats Jenna!!! That is so exciting!! I totally love sitting in the Cookbook section too!

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

That’s amazing!!!!! Can’t wait till it comes out!! Congratulations!!

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Kathleen November 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Huge Congrats! What a perfect fit! I’m in NorCal, so I will drive wherever to get a signed copy. So Spring 2011 in some (fill in the blank) bookstore – it’s a date! So excited for you.

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LesleyG November 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Ahhhhh! I had a feeling! Congratualtions, Jenna! This is wonderful, and only the beginning!

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Jessica November 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Congrads Jenna! That is an awesome opportunity!

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Devon November 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm

That is absolutely amazing. Congrats to you! Look forward to reading it! I have been obsessed with food memoirs for the better part of this year and hope some day to write my own. Go on girl! Congrats!

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Justy2003 November 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm

That’s so exciting! Congrats! I can’t wait to hear about the journey and I look forward to purchasing the book when it’s all ready! :)

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bobbi November 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

congrats girl I can’t wait to buy it!!!!

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Congratulations! I’ll be looking forward to it! You could the healthier newer Julia Child :) That is such exciting news. Things are just going perfect for you lately!

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Kelly November 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Congrats Jenna! I can’t wait to buy your book!! :)

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gina (fitnessista) November 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

JENNA!!! ahhhhh i am so so excited and happy for you!
will you sign my copy for me? ;)
so proud of you and so ecstatic that things are happening the way they’re supposed to
xoxo

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Laura Cunnington November 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

OMG! You’re our very own Julie Powell!! I’m so excited for you, and I can’t WAIT to read your book!!!!!

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Alyssa November 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is ssssooo awesome! Two things you absolutely love, writing and good food! (oh yeah, and Paris ;) ) I can’t wait for it to come out!

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Alyssa November 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is ssssooo awesome! Two things you absolutely love, writing and good food! (oh yeah, and Paris ;) ) I can’t wait for it to come out!

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RunToTheFinish November 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

congratulations!! that is an amazing amazing thing!

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Carly November 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Congrats! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving gal!

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Chutney November 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm

So, so, SO excited for you! Congratulations!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Congrats! That really is amazing. Love your blog, I’m sure the book with be just as wonderful :-)

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Kelly November 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never commented, but faithfully read your blog everyday. But, this is amazing news and the oppurtunity of a lifetime. I’m very happy for you! I cannot wait to buy your cookbook!!!!! woohoo!

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Emily November 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

CONGRATS!!! Jenna, what exciting news! You deserve this so much and I can’t wait to pick the book up. Great work!

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jaimegirl November 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Jenna—-first congrats, well deserved! but i have two questions: you said a large part of your book will be about when you “lived in Paris”—i thought you were only there for like, 6 weeks? second, you said you can buy it “in the cookbook section of Barnes and Noble”—is this the only store that will be carrying it, or were you using that as an example?

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Julia November 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

You go girl!
I’ve been a reader for a little more than a year and I have been able to see how amazing a person you are! I admire you so much for your drive and “carpe diem” outlook on life. I’m a Dietetics student with a dream to be a chef and you truly inspire me to pursue my food aspirations. Needless to say I’ll be first in line at the book-signing.
Congratulations! You totally deserve this awesome opportunity!

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Lindsey November 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! My friend who also reads your blog told me the great news over lunch! We were like “seriously– we’re talking about some girl we’ve never met” but we feel like we know you from your blog and writing– I guess that’s why NYC publishers picked you! THAT IS AMAZING! I am so inspired by your successes:D Cannot wait for you to get it written so I can buy it!

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Lisa November 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Oh, I am so, so excited for you, Jenna! Really, enjoy every moment of this. The good times are meant to be savored! Can’t wait for your book!
Lisa

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Kathleen November 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Congratulations! I love your blog and can definitely see a memoir type book. I’ll be looking for it in 2011. Good luck with the writing process.

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Angela @ A Healthy Fit November 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Wow!!! Congrats! That is so amazing. I am sure you above stoked! It’s amazing how life works…isn’t it?

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Nikka @ neekadeek November 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Congratulations! First the book and then you are on your way to your very own show!!! Can’t wait to see it all unfold!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

HUGE HUGE Congrats Jenna! I think we all can make this one a best-seller. :)

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Maria November 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Jenna: Your blog is an inspiration to me. I am putting every ounce of energy I have into mine because I too am hoping to turn it into something I have wanted for my entire life. I have always wanted to be a journalist, columnist – you name it. I just want to write! But I got pregnant while in college and never finished. I don’t regret anything in my life EXCEPT not finishing college. I chose to be a stay at home mother and let my husband chase his dream of being a chef. He became an amazing chef and then 10 years later decided that it’s too hard on our family and is back in school finishing his degree in accounting. Funny how things work out, but I wouldn’t trade what we have for the world. Congratulations on your book deal. That is AMAZING and I am so proud of you. Reading your blog I almost feel like we’re friends (which is the very weird part of this medium) but also know the feeling of ‘being on the verge of something amazing, but not quite knowing what it is yet’ because I am there myself. I feel as if I’m at a turning point in my life and know it’s going to take me (and my family) some place amazing, but what that is I still don’t know. I keep faith and know it will be shown to me at the right moment. So until then I will keep blogging and reading your blog too. I adore it and NEVER miss it. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Kate November 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

How soon is too soon to pre-order? Hahah. That’s GREAT girl – I’m so proud of you and I can’t wait for the book! You really do deserve it.

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Shannon November 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I was in the cookbook section of B&N today. I can’t believe one day I’ll see YOUR book on the shelf! I’ll make sure to put it in front of all the other ones, lol :) Congrats, Jenna!

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils November 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm

WOW! Congratulations!! Like I said before, this could not have happened to a more deserving person. Everything happens for a reason and you deserve every happiness. Good luck!

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Brooke November 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

congratulations jenna! what a dream! life is a mystery…but consider this a new era. now is your time to shine. best of luck!

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Madelin @ What is for breakfast? November 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Wow Jenna, fantastic! I thought you were going to say you actually had got your own food network show – that might totally happen now that you will be a famous author!!! Well done!

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Bev November 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Congratulation, You must be so excited and well deserved :)
How can you stand it !!!!

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dorothy November 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

omg i got the chills when i read that!
CONGRATULATIONS you really deserve it :)
i can’t wait and i’ll def buy it hehe

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Nicole November 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I support you 100% ! Keep doing what you do!!

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Christen November 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Congrats! I love your blog and will definitely add your book to my collection!

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Sana November 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Wow!!!! I am sooo happy for you! Good luck :)!

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Congratulations, Jenna! So happy and excited for you!

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katie November 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations!! I read your blog everyday and I couldn’t be happier for you!! I will totally buy your book:)
Congrats again! Wooooo!

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Kerri November 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Congrats- so happy for you! Funny how when you have no idea what life is doing to you, and when you stay true to what your passions are everything works out.

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Kerri November 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Congrats- so happy for you! Funny how when you have no idea what life is doing to you, and when you stay true to what your passions are everything works out.

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Amanda November 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations!!!! You deserve this! All your hard work has really paid off, and continues to pay off. Good for you Jenna!!!! You are an inspiration to us all!

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Amanda November 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Congratulations! You deserve this so much! I will definitely be buying a copy. :)

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kilax November 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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Lee November 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Wow! Congratulations!

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Jenn November 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Congratulations Jenna! I have been in that same “stuck” place before, and it’s not a good feeling. However, it does make the moment when you become “un-stuck” just that much sweeter! Can’t wait to read your book!

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Michelle November 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

That is so exciting Jenna. Congratulations. Your life is just one crazy roller coaster :) Enjoy it!

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Michelle-pure2raw November 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Congrats!! This is awesome, you deserve it!

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Kelsey November 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Jenna! I’m so happy for you! You are going to write an incridible book (I already want to buy it. I memoir with recipes? Amazing!). Congrats!

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alicia November 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm

COngrats Jenna!

I will most definitely buy your book when it comes out. I love reading books that are memoirs with recipes and will be looking forward to reading about your story. Gosh, we are all so excited for you, aren’t we? :P

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I heard the news a little late but CONGRATULATIONS! This is seriously so exciting and I cannot wait to read it!!

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Katie Lang November 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Congratulations!!! You deserve it. I cannot wait to buy your book because you eat so healthfully and I know the recipes will be tasty and nutritious. Good for you! :)

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Danielle November 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

That is so exciting! Congrats!
Danielle

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Amber November 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

congratulations jenna! I love your blog and can’t wait to buy your book :)

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Phyllis November 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Congratulations!!!! I’m looking forward to buying your book already.

Honestly, you’ll probably need TWO desks! One to write on and another to spread your manuscript pages out on.

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Fattie Fatterton November 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I bet that this is just the first of many tomes from you, Miss Jenna. Congrats!

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Allie November 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I am so excited for you! I feel like I really know you through reading your blog. i just started culinary school yesterday and you are a huge inspiration to me! I check your blog 3 times a day and look forward to reading all of your posts! Way to go! You’re great at what you do! Can’t wait to buy your book :)

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Jessica November 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so incredibly excited for you Jenna. You deserve all of this and more, love!! Good luck, can’t wait to read it!

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Julie K November 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Congrats Jenna! I’m so excited for you and I’m dying to read it. I wish it was coming out tomorrow :)

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm

This is sooo late – but CONGRATULATIONS!! What an amazing accomplishment that you should be so incredibly proud of! I will absolutely be buying your book!!

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Leah November 10, 2009 at 7:52 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! Thats so exciting! I love your blog, I read it every day, and I will SO buy your book!

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Ingrid November 10, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Congratulations Jenna! I am so happy for you!!! This is amazing and after reading your blog for the last 6 months I know that you totally deserve this!! Can’t wait to see it, and I love your new pic on the main page, miss blue eyes!

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momgateway November 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

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Carissa November 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

So, so exciting!! Congrats!! I stumbled upon your blog maybe 2 months ago and found myself totally loving your daily posts! As a runner, a nutrition student, and one who adores cooking and eating.. I feel like we could be best friends :) So as my first comment on your site: CONGRATULATIONS on your book deal!!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm

WOW Wow wow!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!! I will absolutely buy your book – I can’t wait, and I am SO happy for you!

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Kate November 11, 2009 at 4:14 am

Congrats!!! I have been following your blog for the last 6 months or so…I LOVE it! This is my first comment..just felt congratulations were in order. That is so amazing — I cannot wait to go out and buy your book. You definitely are a gifted writer — so happy that you will now be able to share your talents with the ‘rest’ of the world!!! All the best!

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Annie November 11, 2009 at 5:38 am

Omgosh congrats!!! That is so freakin exciting :)

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Sarah November 11, 2009 at 6:46 am

Congratulations!!!!! God has an incredible way of lifting us up when we need it most! Best wishes as you work on writing your book. I can’t wait to buy it :)

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Quisha November 11, 2009 at 6:52 am

amazing. i’m so happy for you. good things come to good people. i’m sure the book will ROCK and you’ll be a best seller :)

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nickee November 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

You KNOW I’m going to buy your book…well me and about a million other people!! :) CONGRATS!!!!!

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Debbie November 11, 2009 at 10:19 am

Wow! Amazing! I look forward to reading your blog daily.. Even check it from my iPhone. I can’t wait till the book comes out! Congrats!!

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Kelly November 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

Congratulations Jenna! I love your blog so I can only imagine how awesome your book will be.

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Lizzy November 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! i couldnt be more excited!!! :)

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Vanessa @ Chic and Charming November 12, 2009 at 8:08 am

Oh, Congratulations!!!!! I will definitely be keeping my peepers peeled in the Spring of 2011 for this book. You are inspiring me to eat healthy. I must say that I’ve never thought of adding peanut butter to my oatmeal (or eating oatmeal, I was always on a cereal kick!) until I started to read your blog.

Best of luck with it!!

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katie November 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

congrats jenna on the book deal! i’m quite envious of you [and tina and caitlin right now] ;)

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Tracey November 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Just catching up on your news….so happy for you! Wonderful, wonderful…I can’t wait for it to become a reality so I can go out and buy it for all my friends (and me too, of course!) My family understands your passion, we all sit around ‘reading’ cookbooks too..we love food! Your blog is transforming my life, you are teaching me how to eat better and try some interesting new combo’s…thank you for that! Make sure you have lots of gorgeous, glossy photos in your book ;-)

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Joanne November 19, 2009 at 10:21 am

Congratulations, Jenna. I have a couple of books about Chef’s and their experiences in Culinary School. I do love the ones that offer recipes at the end of each chapter. The two I’ve read so far are amazingly funny.
I’ll look forward to seeing the announcement in 2011 and look for you on the book shelves. Best of luck.

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happyherbivore January 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

your book will be coming out 4 months after mine, maybe they will be neighbors on the shelf.

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