I’ve been a fan of Elissa Schappell ever since I read her wonderful novel in stories, Use Me (a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award). This September, Elissa will be publishing a new collection of interconnected tales, Blueprints for Building Better Girls , and you—lucky One Story readers—are getting a sneak peek. Our new issue, “The Joy of Cooking,” follows the passing of a family recipe (of sorts) from a mother to her anorexic daughter. I was drawn to this story initially by its containment—the entire piece takes place over a telephone conversation. But as I kept reading, I found layer after layer of meaning and heartache. Elissa puts a whole new twist on a closely examined issue: women’s relationship with food, and how it can disrupt not only our health and self-esteem, but our family life and chances at love. Ultimately, this is a story of letting go, of saying goodbye. But it is also one of hope—the kind of hope every parent has, when seeing their children leave the nest for the first time: that they will be safe, and that they will find a way to fly on their own. Be sure to read Elissa’s Q&A with us about how she wrote “The Joy of Cooking.” And then pre-order your copy of Blueprints for Building Better Girls!