Amy's most recent books are her memoir Desperado’s Wife and One Soufflé at a Time, Anne Willan’s memoir which Amy co-authored.
"Smart, accomplished, attractive reporter goes on the prison beat. Meets a seductive inmate, a murderer. Falls in love. Marries him and helps get him out of jail. Loses friends, battles age-old prejudice and the dark politics of the prison system. There are so many ways a memoir like this could have gone wrong in the telling, and Friedman avoids every pitfall. Much more than that (though that alone is amazing enough): with an open heart, a clear mind, and a superbly honed, quietly direct writing style, she takes you on a journey that at the outset you can’t imagine will become so real, so familiar, so under your skin. Friedman’s naturalistic honesty and instinct for detail dissolve every preconceived notion you will bring to this book. Desperado’s Wife enlarges the house of human feeling and stokes a fine anger at everything that damages it and seals it off.
~ Thomas Frick, author of The Iron Boys
Watch an interview with Amy on the Katie Couric show that aired on July 9, talking about her memoir and introducing POPS, a school club she and her husband, Dennis Danziger, have created to be both a safe haven and a channel for those seeking to heal from the pain of the prison system. Read more about the Katie episode here.
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Anne Willan demystified classic French culinary technique for regular people who love food. Her legendary La Varenne Cooking School—in its original location in Paris and later in its longtime home in Burgundy—trained chefs, food writers and home cooks. One Soufflé at a Time tells her story and the story of the food-world greats—including Julia Child, James Beard, Simone Beck, Craig Claiborne, Richard Olney—who changed how the world eats and who made cooking fun. Tens of thousands of students have learned from Willan, not just at La Varenne, but through her large, ambitious Look & Cook book series and twenty-six-part PBS program. Now One Soufflé at a Time, featuring 50 of her favorite recipes, brings Willan's own story of her life to the center of the banquet table. Get the book now.
Q. & A. | The French Culinary Legend Anne Willan Dishes on the Changing Food Landscape (T Magazine/NY Times)