Cool Japan Guide Upcoming Events!

Sunday 22nd February 2015 - 1:54:11 PM


Cool Japan Guide is officially released on March 10th and I have some fun events coming up! Here’s the line-up so far:

March 14th – 2pm  Cool Japan Guide release party at Kinokuniya (1073 Avenue of the Americas, NYC). Facebook invite is here! (I’ll be doing a reading and a giveaway here too!)
March 18th – 6pm signing at JHU Comics (32 East 32nd St. NYC) with Tim Fish!
April 18 & 19 –  Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 
April 25 & 26 – Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
May 9 & 10TCAF (Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street)
August dates TBD – Edinburgh Book Festival

I’ll be at Japan Week Feb. 19th!

Sunday 15th February 2015 - 10:43:14 AM


On Thursday Feb. 19th at 1pm, I’ll be doing a presentation at Japan Week in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall. Japan Week is always a lot of fun, and I’ll be giving away two signed copies of Cool Japan Guide! The full event schedule is available here. Hope to see you there!

Radio Interview with ABC RN’s Saturday Extra

Sunday 15th February 2015 - 10:38:59 AM

This week I did an interview about Cool Japan Guide on Australia’s Radio National Saturday Extra show with Geraldine Doogue. We chatted about shrines, temples, and manga. You can listen to it now here and it can be downloaded as a podcast too!

Some More Valentine’s Day Picks!

Thursday 12th February 2015 - 9:34:55 PM



Here are a few Valentine’s Day picks for 2015:
Robicelli’s holiday menu looks awesome (Raspberry Chambord Brownies)!
William Greenberg Desserts has some very cute heart-shaped Linzer tarts and more!
Financier Patisserie has some lovely heart-shaped cakes and pastries!
Jacques Torres is always a great choice too!

Love Fondue at Spot Dessert Bar!

Tuesday 10th February 2015 - 7:59:59 PM

Last week I was invited to preview the new Valentine’s Day special at local fave, Spot Dessert Bar (13 Saint Marks Place)! New York’s dessert-lovers have been flocking to Spot for their unique Dessert Tapas for years, and they keep coming up with new hits. The perennial fave is the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, and their Chocolate Forest was voted Village Voice’s Best Dessert of 2014. Love Fondue is the new special and it’s a great Valentine’s Day treat. Love Fondue is a chiffon cake encased in white chocolate mousse served with fresh raspberries and strawberry ice cream and topped with dark chocolate sauce. It’s served with the chocolate sauce on the side at first, which is then poured on with a flourish by the server – a fun presentation!

One thing I find fascinating about pastries is the combination of visual artistry and sweets, so I was thrilled that Spot shared with me this original sketch by Chef Ian Kittichai of the Love Fondue. How cool!


Tough Love and Dolltopia E-books Are Now Available!

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 5:39:50 PM


I’m excited to announce that my graphic novels, Dolltopia and Tough Love: High School Confidential, are now available as e-books! They are being distributed by Northwest Press and Tough Love is now also available on Comixology and Pulp Free Publishing. They will both be made available at other vendors in the coming months. Read below for more info on each book. (more…)

Erotic Baking Interview!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - 10:32:50 PM

Just in time for Valentine’s Day I was able to conduct an interview with Erotic Baking. This interview answers many of our burning questions about sexy cakes!


Review- Sasso Candy Bars

Sunday 1st February 2015 - 10:04:05 AM

(image via Sasso Candy)

Every once in a while, a company will send me items to review. This time, I received some Sasso Candy Bars from Sasso Candy Company in California’s Bay Area.


Publisher’s Weekly review for Cool Japan Guide!

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 8:03:30 PM

Check out the Publisher’s Weekly review for Cool Japan Guide! You can pre-order now, and the release date is March 10th!

Sweet Links of the Week Jan. 17th!

Saturday 17th January 2015 - 10:22:12 PM

New Pies & Thighs Location! (Eater)
Chocolatexture Japanese Onomatopoeic Sweets! (Spoon & Tamago)
Petee’s Pie Co. Interview! (Grub St.)
Junior’s Cheesecake Recipe! (Fork in the Road)
Dog Cafe Coming to LA! (Grub St.)

Big news! Cool Japan Guide is available for pre-order!

Saturday 3rd January 2015 - 10:23:00 AM


Big news! The book I’ve been working on over the last few years, Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen, is available for pre-order right now! The official release date is March 10th 2015, and I’ll be on tour this year for it, so let me know if I should come to your town! This is my first non-fiction book and also my first full-color book. It’s a fun, fully-illustrated, cartoon guide to traveling in Japan and features amusing stories and anecdotes as well. Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan or not, this is a fun read!

You can pre-order from NY indie store McNally Jackson here! Plus, here’s a B&N link and here’s an Indiebound link. You can pre-order it from Powell’s too. And Amazon has it too of course (link below)!

Sweet Links of the Week – January 3rd!

Saturday 3rd January 2015 - 10:22:42 AM

Wine Ice Cream from Mercer’s! (First We Feast)
Woops! Macarons and Cookies at Port Authority!(NYC, Style, & a Little Cannoli)
Mini Matcha Toast! (Oh, How Civilized)

I updated my Twitter!

Thursday 1st January 2015 - 4:03:08 PM

Happy 2015 everybody! Here’s a little news: I changed my twitter account to @abbydenson – I’ll still be doing my sweet tweets from there, but I have a lot of non-CST activity coming up this year and wanted to be sure my readers will be able to find me easily. It’s going to be a great year!


Kanami Chocolate at J+B Cafe!

Tuesday 23rd December 2014 - 12:34:13 PM

A few weeks ago, I got a tip from a reader about Kanami Chocolate, so I stopped by J+B Cafe (300 7th St., Brooklyn), a cafe and boutique in Park Slope that features crafts by Japanese artisans. The cafe sells Kanami’s chocolate and I even got to meet her while purchasing this lovely box of truffles. This box included Tsukikage Matcha white , Raspberry Chocolate, and Purple Aroma chocolate. All of the truffles were excellent. A nice gift idea for chocolate fans!

Sweet Links of the Week – December 20th!

Sunday 21st December 2014 - 12:07:12 PM

Create a Cookie Table! (Craftsy)
Gaudi-inspired Towering Gingerbread House! (Grub St.)
Top 5 NYC Holiday Sweets! (Fork in the Road)
Meow Parlor Cat Cafe! (Eater)

What to Get your Sweet Tooth!

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - 11:49:56 PM

(image via Le Pain Quotidien)

I don’t typically do traditional gift guides, so this is more like a list of some cool things I’ve seen around that I would like (or already got for myself). Maybe a sweet tooth in your life would like them too!