“I'll jump on all kinds of food trends. I'm big into kombucha right now. But as much as I love it, I'm not sure it's going to endure. It might be the quiche of our times.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
In your new novel, The Signature of All Things, the main character is a botanist. You grew up on a farm—was that an inspiration?
There's a slight biographical similarity. My father was a Christmas-tree farmer, and my mother was a master gardener. So that is in my DNA, though I rejected it in my youth and ran away to New York City as fast as I could. But I've settled here in Frenchtown, New Jersey, and as soon as I got my own house, I became an obsessive gardener. I don't know if there's any other kind of gardener.
If you wrote a cookbook, what would the title be?
Ummm, I should not write a cookbook. If I did, it would be called My Husband's Best Recipes.