hah! and i quote:

The new young reporter, on the other hand, was jus the opposite; Amanda Hesser was terrifyingly sweet. She was pale, pretty, petite, but she seemed so frighteningly ambitious that we all kept our distance. — Garlic and Sapphires, pg 208

needles to say, i’ve finished the book. it’s wonderful and amazing and i can’t wait to buy it and make every single recipe in it. go, i tell you, go to the library and check it out. you will wish you had sooner.