by Ginna Gordon
Based on the fictional journals of Stefani Michel
As the Wheel of Life turns at Sweet Farm, the homestead of the Wymans, a Carmel Valley, Calfornia family, we focus on three sisters: Rita, Nana and Fox, and their three daughters: Tate, Stevie and Jolene, cousins and friends. Life rumbles the earth at the farm, like any compound full of women, their men, children, elders and friends.
They breathe the air of the Valley, filled with the scent of lavender growing abundantly on ten fertile acres. They eat of the garden harvest. The women are restless. The men are nervous. The girls are growing up in the 60s and they and their peers will become known as Baby Boomers, Flower Children, Hippies, Yuppies, the ME generation; they will be affected by the Vietnam War, Rock & Roll, revolutions from sexual to political and other dramatic social changes.
But, mostly, they will be dealing with their loves, their children and their homes as they relate to and are touched by those concerns mentioned above. Book One in the Lavandula Series, Looking for John Steinbeck sets the scene for the stories of the Wymans, their offspring and relations, with the reluctant Lord Charles Huffington, Jolene's father, contemplating his recent behavior.
About the Author
Ginna has owned businesses (the Book Studio, Ginna's Café, Ginna & Co.), managed kitchens and cafés in other folks' businesses (Rainbow Ranch Calistoga, the Chopra Center for Well Being La Jolla, The Thunderbird Bookshop & Café Carmel, Cornucopia Café & Market Carmel) and created events for non-profits (the Carmel Music Society, the Carmel Bach Festival, the American Tall Ship Institute) as well as for many private clients (including Steven Seagal at his home in Southern California, where Tibetan monks roamed the halls and created fire pujas in the backyard while Ginna prepped dinner for six, or eight or 20, depending upon the star's whim).
Throughout her busy 30-year career in the food and event business, Ginna has entertained herself and friends with art and garden parties, ceramic workshops, gifts from the garden and kitchen and herbal products for the body and table. Ginna is a dedicated Maker, DIY Artist and Upcycler.
Ginna has (so far) authored four books about cooking: A Simple Celebration - the Nutritional Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being (Random House/Harmony Books 1997); Bonnebrook Farm and The Gingerbread Farm, glimpses of the many teachers and styles of cooking Ginna experienced in her journey as a retreat cook and café chef; and First You Grow the Pumpkin, which shares favorite tricks for growing, preserving and creating in the kitchen. The Soup Kit continues the "how to" series.
Ginna studied Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic cooking style with Drs. Deepak Chopra, David Simon and Shamali Joshi. Her studies in the arts included UCLA Interior Design, the Guild of the Books Arts Carmel, Monterey Peninsula College and privately with myriad artists in and around California, including Alison Stillwell Cameron (Chinese Calligraphy), Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche (Tibetan Thangka Painting) and Louisa Jenkins (collage).
Currently, Ginna and her husband, performer, lecturer and author David Gordon (www.spiritsound.com) are partners in Lucky Valley Press, a pre-press and indie publishing company. www.luckyvalleypress.com