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Who’s hungry? 

If not, you will be after this picture book. There are thirteen delectable bites of Niki Nakayama’s life and just thinking about her talent with food will make you hungry for more. Debbi co-authored the book with the talented Jamie Michalak and what a fun project! It’s going to be a drool worthy book for all of us kids who aspire to be just a little bit better in the kitchen!

Grace Kendall at FSG has acquired, at auction, world English rights to Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michalak (l.) and Debbi Michiko Florence (c.), to be illustrated by Yuko Jones. The picture-book biography spans the Japanese-American chef's rise to fame—from overcoming gender bias in Japanese haute cuisine to opening her Michelin-starred restaurant. Publication is set for winter 2021; Victoria Wells Arms at Wells Arms Literary/HG Literary represented Michalak, Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented Florence, and Christy Ewers at CAT Agency represented Jones. 

Congratulations, Debbi (and Jamie) and look for this gorgeous book in stores in winter 2021. 

—Tricia