My friend said we should go to a book reading, since it was by a food blogger. I actually didn’t know who Pim Techamuanvivit was but I thought it sounded fun. So off we went!
We chose our seats and thumbed through her book for a while, trading laughs and funny quotes from her book, “The Foodie Handbook: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy.” Reading the book was a good time. Her storytelling is effortless. It seemed like the book’s mission is to deflate some of the stuffiness associated with foodie-ism. OK, so I didn’t buy a copy but my enjoyment was genuine.* I could totally understand why Pim is a star.
About ten minutes before the reading, a bookstore employee announced that three of the bookstore’s employees kindly prepared recipes from the book: roasted vegetables with dates; alfajores; and bread soup. The small crowd lined up. All of the food was so, so delicious. I loved the soup especially.
She read a few excerpts from the book and spent a generous amount of time answering our questions. At one point, she was telling us about visiting a farmer’s market in New York with a famous French chef (I can’t remember his name) to buy some snap peas. He apparently picked each pea pod individually and was pleased with his purchase. Until he visited another stall, with slightly better peas. Which prompted him to try to return the first set. Ah, not high maintenance at all!
Anyways, she charmed everybody. I think my friend was a little smitten with her. He kept saying, “Oh, that was really cute! You can take me to these food things if they are cute!”
*In an attempt to save money and cut down on clutter, I try not to buy books anymore. My tendency now is to check books out from the library. If I pine away for a book for a LONG time, then I might consider buying. Sort of like dating the book instead of marrying it right away.
I’ve put three post-like things about food/money (including most of the “show me the money, part i: finding low-cost recipes” post on their own page “show me the money” instead of publishing three posts.
fyi, I think I’m the last person to learn of Cake Wrecks, but, if not – check it out!