Published Books

America Eats! On the Road with the WPA (Bloomsbury)
Wondeful descriptions and vignettes of American group eating...written by members of the Federal Writers' Project...To this, the author has added her own thoughtful accounts as she travels across the land to discover present incarnations of thoise earlier feasts.--Boston Globe

Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice (Beacon)
Clear, crisp....[Willard's] insights on the role of food in history and how its uses can reveal profound truths about different cultures, are fresh and thought provoking.--New York Times

Through touching personal stories, Willard also offers support for stressed caregivers. These passages, and her healing discoveries, are presented in an earthy, modest, graceful prose that makes A Soothing Broth a petite treasure. --Dana Jacobi

Pie Every Day, Recipes and Slices of Life (Algonquin Books)
Pie Every Day is a book of enormous charm which demonstrates the theory that the best food writing is inspired by deep needs that have little to do directly with food. --Corby Kummel, The Atlantic Monthly

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Works in Progress
The "Clare and I" YA short stories about two teenage girls teetering into adults. At www.wattpad.com/user/PatWillard
Aunt Margie and her life on the world stage : Germany, the Middle East, Asia 1951-1980
Long time in progress....A memoir of how much truth a marriage needs to survive each others fault lines.
Published Books
Traveling through the country today with the remnants of the Federal Writer Projects' (1935-1941) manuscript, and looking for real American food.
A culinary memoir about getting through life through the power of pies
A Culinary History about how saffron journeyed from the Middle East and captured the world.
Exploring the old-fashion recipes used to feed the sick at home.
Some Magazine Articles
Publically flaunting your age on Surf Avenue
A teenage son, his drug dealer and the pitbull who loved them both