BOOKS: Spicing up a marriage: Seattle’s Ashley Rodriguez shares her new book

When Ashley Rodriguez and her husband, Gabe, found themselves deep into marriage and child-rearing, and spending most of their evenings staring at their individual computer screens, they were determined not to let their relationship deteriorate into “roommates with children.”

Their solution: Institute a weekly date night to pour each other cocktails, sit down for a full-on date-night dinner, and reconnect.

Rodriguez, of Seattle, talks about her experience from her book, “Date Night In,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Rodriguez is a food consultant, cooking instructor, food photographer, writer, wife, and mother of three young children. Her blog, Not Without Salt, has earned accolades, and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Glamour, Sunset, and Edible Seattle.

Before the success of her blog and photography, she worked in several professional kitchens, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills. Rodriguez now teaches cooking and food photography in and around Seattle.