I’m known in my family for withholding information. More absentminded than secretive, I’d forget to tell my parents about field trips, birthday parties, science projects, and even award ceremonies (never for science) until the last possible moment. On the upside, friends can attest that I’m all vault. Where it’s not so great is how slow I’ve been to post the good things that have been happening since the release of the The Cuban Table…and there has been a lot of good to share. To start, I was thrilled to see that TCT made best of lists in The Chicago Tribune, Fine Cooking, Saveur, and Tasting Table. I got to restaurant hop with the brilliant Alex Witchel of the New York Times and reminisce with Liz Balmaseda of the Palm Beach Post. Some sites I love to follow and magazines I always read have been kind enough to try out the recipes or include excerpts in their pages. There is something almost unreal about coming across these mentions as if I photoshopped a mock feature myself (swear I didn’t). Friends have been kind enough to send texts and tweets when they spot the book in a store, receive their copy, or try out their first recipe. I love knowing that people are using it and hope you’ll keep me posted on the results. Most recently, I was able to celebrate in Miami where I did so much of the research and my own Cuban food story started. I was thrilled to meet so many of you at the Miami Book Fair International in and for a talk and signing at Books & Books. It was the perfect ending to a long year of anticipation and the best possible start to the year to come.