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Local Author Kate Washington — Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America — with Rae Gouirand
Kate Washington is an essayist and food writer who currently serves as the dining critic for The Sacramento Bee. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, Eater, Catapult, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She lives in Northern California.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Already Toast shows how all-consuming caregiving can be, how difficult it is to find support, and how the social and literary narratives that have long locked women into providing emotional labor also keep them in unpaid caregiving roles. When Kate Washington and her husband, Brad, learned that he had cancer, they were a young couple: professionals with ascending careers, parents to two small children. Brad’s diagnosis stripped those identities away: he became a patient and she his caregiver.
Brad’s cancer quickly turned aggressive, necessitating a stem-cell transplant that triggered a massive infection, robbing him of his eyesight and nearly of his life. Kate acted as his full-time aide to keep him alive, coordinating his treatments, making doctors’ appointments, calling insurance companies, filling dozens of prescriptions, cleaning commodes, administering IV drugs. She became so burned out that, when she took an online quiz on caregiver self-care, her result cheerily declared: “You’re already toast!”
Through it all she felt profoundly alone, but, as she later learned, she was in fact one of millions: an invisible army of family caregivers working every day in America, their unpaid labor keeping our troubled healthcare system afloat. Because our culture both romanticizes and erases the realities of care work, few caregivers have shared their stories publicly.
As the baby-boom generation ages, the number of family caregivers will continue to grow. Readable, relatable, timely, and often raw, Already Toast—with its clear call for paying and supporting family caregivers—is a crucial intervention in that conversation, bringing together personal experience with deep research to give voice to those tasked with the overlooked, vital work of caring for the seriously ill.
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Nick’s Cove Owner Dena Grunt
Northern California’s historic Nick’s Cove restaurant brings you the finest in seasonal farm-to-table and seafood cuisine.
Nick’s Cove, perched alongside beautiful Tomales Bay, opened its doors in the 1930s and has been a Northern California destination ever since. Table with a View: The History and Recipes of Nick’s Cove celebrates the historic restaurant, bar, and inn’s award-winning cuisine, which features fresh seafood, locally sourced meats, and seasonal produce from their on-site farm and garden, the Croft. Inspired by the area’s serene natural beauty and abundant resources, the restaurant’s dishes reflect the perfect combination of comfort and refinement, embracing an elegant approach to hearty farm-to-table cuisine. From new takes on classics such as Oysters Nickerfeller and Crab Benedict to hearty fare like Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese and Seared Duck with Blackberry Sauce, Table with a View is much more than a cookbook—it’s a celebration of a cultural heritage in a region shaped largely by its culinary bounty.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dena Grunt is president of Highway 1 Hospitality and oversees all aspects of operations at the company’s Northern California businesses. She lives in Petaluma, California, with her husband and son.