Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind it's been! I can't believe that it was just over a year ago that I started writing this book called Field Guide to Cookies, and now it's actually on bookshelves in actual bookstores! Yesterday, I was at my workplace and co-workers kept coming by with copies of my book for me to sign! You should realize that it's an engineering office, not a bakery or restaurant, so to see my book all over the desks of my co-workers was rather surreal – and very touching.
Life right now is rather surreal in general – not just because my book is really, finally out, but because all the ways my life is currently changed by it. I've been doing interviews for publications, trying to set up other promotional events, and, oh, there is this other little thing called my second book that I'm also working on! That leaves about zero time for this blog, so I really have to thank all my lovely blog hosts, who have gone above and beyond to write thoughtful and beautiful posts about their experiences with my book. They are doing a spectacular job putting my book in the spotlight, when I haven't had time to talk about it as much as I would have liked on this site. I am very lucky to have such great friends! I hope all of you are enjoying the posts as well, and also exploring their own amazing blogs!
Now, lest you think I'm getting a big head and getting carried away with delusions of grandeur, it's not like that at all. Even though there are so many great things happening right now, what I really wish I could do is just sit and absorb the moment, and capture it to savor in memory. It's like all the best, most precious moments in life, right? The first time you see a rainbow. The day you graduated from high school. Your first kiss. The first snow of winter. Your wedding day. Moments that always flit by so fast like butterflies winging towards the past, all the more precious in retrospect, because of course they never ever last long enough.
So all I'm trying to do is to take a breath, and see past all the other craziness filling my life, and just really, really appreciate this time. An acquaintance said that sometimes, when it feels like universe has decided to smile on you, you should acknowledge it – don't ever take it for granted. And I don't. So thank you, universe! Thank you for giving me with this wonderful experience. And thank you to every single one of you out there who has sent so much positive energy my way. I'll treasure this time forever.
I wish all of you could have come to my book release party last Saturday – it was an shockingly balmy November day in San Francisco, a record breaking 75 degrees. What winter, I say? And what better way to celebrate than with a little party?
Tante Marie's Cooking School, where the party took place. Very fitting, since this was the place where I took my first footsteps into pastry! Thanks to my brother-in-law Doug who took all the photos for this post – I was in such a tizzy the day of the party I forgot my camera at home! At any rate, I was entirely occupied with talking to everyone during the event to even think of taking pictures, so thanks Doug!
You can see some of the cookies that the talented professional pastry class baked for all the guests. I was so worried that we would run out of cookies, but fortunately there was plenty to go around! I felt very nostalgic wandering around the kitchen where I had learned pastry for six months. It was also a thrill to talk to the pastry students – one of them told me she had been inspired by my blog when she went to pastry school; a little intimidating and flattering all at once!
This is me with Mary Risley, the owner of Tante Marie's Cooking School, who graciously let me host the party at the school I also want to thank chef Greg Mindel, the current instructor for the professional pastry program, and the professional pastry class for helping bake all those delicious cookies and making the party a success! I'm sorry I didn't get a picture with all of your guys – if you all have a photo of your class taken I'll gladly put it up!
Finally, as promised, to commemorate the official publication of Field Guide to Cookies, I am giving away a copy of my book to one lucky reader! To enter, simply post a comment to this entry with your favorite cookie. I'll hold a random drawing and announce the winner next week. Good luck!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour as well – there's two more days, finishing with Bea and Peabody. After this week things will be slowly going back to normal, and I'll be back with some non-cookie related posts (finally!) Thanks for sticking around!