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COOKING FOR PICASSO
A Novel of Art, Food, Love, and Life
Welcome to my home page . . . and the world of COOKING FOR PICASSO.
I’ve been in love with the French Riviera ever since I first set foot there, as a writer-in-residence at an artists’ colony up in a hillside town called Vence. Returning to the Côte d’Azur again and again, I came across a true but little-known story about Pablo Picasso, who, in the spring of 1936, sneaked away from his turbulent personal life among Parisian society. With great secrecy, Picasso arrived in the South of France and rented a villa, using a different name to remain anonymous. No one is really sure what happened to him during this mysterious interlude on the Riviera—but after many months of not being able to paint, suddenly Pablo Picasso picked up his brush and began painting again.
I found this anecdote—and the startling artwork that Picasso created during this period—utterly intriguing and irresistible, inspiring me to invent my own characters: a young French girl in the 1930s named Ondine, who cooks for Picasso and gets drawn into his world; and, almost a century later, her modern-day American grand-daughter, Céline, who goes off on a personal quest to uncover family secrets and find out what really happened when her grandmother and the greatest artist of the twentieth century crossed paths.
To learn more about Cooking for Picasso, please do browse among the pictures and stories on this website. Click on “FAQ” to hear about my writing and publishing process. My “About the Novel” page has a summary of the story. And my “Photo Gallery” will take you straight to the French Riviera . . . where it just may feel like your own home away from home!
COOKING FOR PICASSO is a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection.