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Talking Top Tens: Jessica Knoll

Author, Luckiest Girl Alive


Jessica Knoll is the New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Girl Alive, which has been acquired by Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon producing the film adaptation. She’s been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor of SELF. She lives in New York City with her husband. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

And more with Jessica Knoll…

Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:

Quest bars! They’re high protein snack bars. Minka Kelly and Mandy Moore like them (I know from stalking their Instagram accounts!) I bought a bunch of different flavors - cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, and s’mores. So far, mint chocolate chip is my favorite. (Mandy Moore’s is chocolate chip cookie dough!)  

Midnight snack of choice:

Dark chocolate covered almonds. Pints and pints of them.

Your motto in life:

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” - Stephen King

At 9 am each day, you are...

Sitting in front of my computer, writing. These days it’s the script for the movie adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive. But very soon it will be book number two. 

On Sunday we’ll find you wearing:

Whatever I was wearing the night before.

The trend you hope never goes out of style:

Skinny jeans. For a short girl, they’re a godsend because I can wear the same pair with flats or heels.

Charity/charities you support:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma the first year we started dating. I ran the NYC half marathon with the LLS organization, Team in Training. During a time that felt very scary and out of my control, running brought me a lot of solace. 

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

Marc Forgione in Tribeca. It’s not really a “scene” for brunch, which is why I love it, and it’s a five minute walk from my apartment. I always order the market vegetable omelette with hot sauce and a side of maple fennel sausage. Instead of bread, they serve warm everything bagel muffins with vegetable butter. I’m salivating just thinking about them. 

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

Inspiralized. It’s run by Ali Maffucci, of the blog by the same name. She makes noodles out of vegetables and comes up with the most delicious, healthy recipes that make eating clean (something I try to do every now and then), seem not so awful. 

Your current Netflix addiction:

Veep! I am hoping some of the show’s wit rubs off on me.