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Smith: Our Gabi inspires a TV show

  • Gabi Moskowitz, the BrokeAss Gourmet, grew up in Sonoma County and writes apopular blog about how to cook well for under $20 a meal. Now she has a book out. Photo: RYAN SAPPER 2012

ABC has picked up a new comedy built around "a feisty young food blogger" named Gabi.

Any resemblance to Santa Rosa-born Gabi Moskowitz is highly intentional.

Gabi is the 2000 Santa Rosa High alum who's on fire as a cookbook author and San Francisco-based blogger on matters related to food and life. A recent post:

"I have been written about in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine, and yet, nothing makes my father (Santa Rosa attorney Larry Moskowitz) giddier than when someone from his synagogue says something nice about me."

Gabi played a role in the creation of ABC's "Young - Hungry." The star of the show, Emily Osment of "Hannah Montana," portrays a food blogger who yearns to be the personal chef to a young tech entrepreneur played by Jonathan Sadowski.

Production begins any day now in L.A.


HE ISN'T WALKING, yet.: But nearly three months after Healdsburg cook Joel Billman damaged his spine in a fall on Fitch Mountain he's working through the pain and feeling hugely thankful.

"It's kind of a slow, long road," said Billman, who's 52 and was last on the kitchen crew at Chalkboard.

Largely paralyzed from the waist down, doctors tell him the pain and other sensations he feels in his legs are hopeful signs that he may regain the ability to walk.

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