mariaspeck My last talk and book signing in Chicago starts soon at the new @readitandeatstore. Reposting this beautiful pic by blogger @timmazurek of Lottie + Doof. #simplyancientgrains 11h

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mariaspeck Finally sunshine in Chicago. Time to go for a stroll. #simplyancientgrains 13h

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mariaspeck Hugely honored to see my favorite no-cook pasta in a celebrity chef line-up next to @mariobatali, @lidiabastianich and @chefaz. Pinch me, people! In today's @zesterdaily, beautiful piece by @francinesegan. Thank you, Francine! #simplyancientgrains 17h

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mariaspeck Almond polenta tart with sherried strawberry compote -- gorgeous seasonal variation of my recipe by the wonderful Sandra Holl of @floriole for my cookbook talk tonight. There was much more food, and wine, and lots of super-nice people and @timmazurek. #happiness #simplyancientgrains 1d

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mariaspeck Yes, I made it to Chicago! And I'll be @floriole tonight where the amazing Sandra Holl will prepare samples from my new book. And I will chat with @timmazurek. 2d

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mariaspeck Whole-grain barley thumbprints with hazelnuts, sweetened only with honey. From yesterday's book event @community_grains -- I wish I had packed some for the road. So easy, so good. #simplyancientgrains 2d

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mariaspeck Good buy, San Francisco! I've had the best time. Thank you for being so nice to traveling authors and for your love of ancient grains. Not to forget, your splendid skies. 2d

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mariaspeck I am proud to report that we only sampled five pastries. And some granola made with purple (!) wheat. Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of @bpatisserie are brilliant. Such finesse and fine-tuning of flavors -- it can only blow your mind. 3d

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mariaspeck For educational purpose only: there was also a visit to @bpatisserie. Now I wish they'd deliver breakfast to my hotel room. 3d

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mariaspeck Your sky, California, looks like Greece. No wonder I feel always at home. Wine country, earlier today. 3d

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mariaspeck Book signing at the @healdsburgshed in Napa valley -- as close as it gets to a temple of grains. #happiness #simplyancientgrains 4d

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mariaspeck One loaf of each please! Earlier today I finally tasted some of @joseybakerbread loaves. Hella-amazing!! And then I was ready to empty my suitcase, and fill it with bread -- to nourish me for the rest of the book tour. #simplyancientgrains 4d

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mariaspeck Beautiful and bumpy ride to SF - this book tour is off to a lively start!! #simplyancientgrains 5d

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mariaspeck When the amazing @londonbakes makes a batch of your gluten-free lemony millet blondies - using super-dark chocolate - there is only one thing to say: gorgeous! And on my way to San Francisco her beautiful picture sure beats a photo of my suitcase. Enjoy! #simplyancientgrains 6d

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mariaspeck Popping sorghum for a blog post. Seriously addictive in the best of ways, and much more fun than finishing packing for book tour. #simplyancientgrains 7d
  •   ivy_manning Ah. That's what I'll do with the sorghum I picked up after class @Bobsredmill. Thanks! 6d
  •   mariaspeck @ivy_manning I like it almost more than popcorn 6d
  •   00bread Popped sorghum is the best! 6d
  •   00bread I serve a roasted tomato fennel soup over roasted corn and pile popped sorghum on the corn that sticks out of the middle of the soup. Fun enough that my four-year old even eats it without a fuss (well, without much fuss anyhow) 6d
  •   nettleandquince What a great pic! 6d
  •   mariaspeck @00bread sounds amazing. I love popped sorghum on soups as well. Happy to hear about 4-year old enjoying it too. 6d
  •   mariaspeck @nettleandquince thank you so much. Stay tuned for the blog post when I get back from travel -- so tasty!! 6d

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mariaspeck Hot pink summer drink: red beet juice, orange, freshly squeezed lemon and sparkling water. Prost! 1w

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mariaspeck This apron -- it has quickly become the only one I wear, and the only one I just packed for book tour!! Emma Zimmerman of @haydenflourmills has the best taste. #unpaid-apron-love #simplyancientgrains 1w

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mariaspeck Overnight oatmeal pancakes with brown buttered nuts. Topped with goat cheese (or cream cheese). 100% whole grain, kid-approved. From #simplyancientgrains. Picture taken at a recent lunch with the @mealmakeovermoms. Happy Sunday! 1w

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