The Baltimore Book Festival is this weekend. Among this year's lineup of visiting cookbook authors is Kathy Wakile, a cast member of Bravo's popular "Real Housewives of New Jersey" series.
Wakile is on a national tour for her first cookbook, "Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Real Sweet," published by St. Martin's Griffin.
Wakile, who lives in Wayne, N.J. with her husband, Rich, and their children, Joseph and Victoria, answered our questions about induldgence and the Thanksgiving episode that first brought her desserts to the attention of "Real Housewives" fans.
It is really OK to indulge? Does keeping dessert bite-size keep people from over-indulging?
Is indulgence making a comeback?
For readers that don't know "Real Housewives of New Jersey," the Thanksgiving dessert extravaganza was a big deal. Did the crew get to eat any of the desserts?
What was the hardest thing about doing a cookbook? Were there some recipes that you just made by instinct and memory but now you had to put them on paper?
Do you have family or friends in Baltimore? Have you visited before?
The Baltimore Book Festival is noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Inner Harbor.
The popular Food for Thought stage, which presents celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and food demonstrations throughout the weekend, is located this year in Kaufman Pavilion at Rash Field.
Kathy Wakile will appear at the Food for Thought stage Sunday at noon. For the Food for Thought schedule and more information, call 410-752-8632 or go to baltimorebookfestival.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Wakile's status on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." She is still a cast member. The Sun regrets the error.