Sunday, July 8, 2012

Meeting Alice Medrich, the First Lady of Chocolate

Several weeks ago I flew up to San Francisco to hear a talk at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley with my mom. Omnivore Books is a charming cookbook shop with little square footage and yet a surprisingly, deceptively huge cookbook collection. The shop owners regularly invite cookbook authors to host talks in their shop, allowing these authors an opportunity to introduce the crowd to their most recently published cookbook.

This is not the first time I've booked a flight from LA for the sole purpose of hearing a cookbook author speak. It's such a fun afternoon in the City, and a great excuse to visit my parents and see family and friends in the Bay Area. I can't do it all the time, but I must say, this particular weekend was a no-brainer. Alice Medrich, the First Lady of Chocolate, was scheduled to speak about her latest book Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. I own most of Medrich's cookbooks. So adding her latest to my collection was something I was very interested in doing. And in the process, I got to meet her, chat with her, have her sign my book, and take this photo! Note the garb. My mom and I dressed in our most baking-obsessed clothing for the afternoon. We are baking dorks to the max!


Mom said...

I had so much fun with you that day in the city. It was special to meet Alice Medrich (again), and the mile plus walk and 45 minute very worthwhile wait for the Toffee Sundae at Bi-Rite Creamery was unforgettable, too! Oh, and a detour to Tartine Bakery was a great finishing touch (or shall I say the cherry on the top of my cake?) before returning the mile to our car by Omnivore Books!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, you are so lucky to meet Alice Medrich! I live all the way in the Southern Hemisphere and we don't get many notable cookbook authors in these parts.
I have had to make do with buying Alice's books online but I recently scored a signed copy of Cocolat at a pretty high price but it was well worth it. I totally understand the lengths one will go to in meeting our favourite baking people.

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