I used to read the Smitten Kitchen almost daily until I went through the tragedy of losing my kitchen. While living with the parentals I did minimal cooking and reading food blogs was like a knife through the heart because there were so many tasty and inspirational things I want to make and no space in which to do so (my Mom can sometimes be a Kitchen Nazi). So, instead of torturing myself, I banned myself from reading food blogs. I know, harsh, but it had to be done.
Then, a friend of mine, someone I had never met before but whose blog I loved, the very talented Alicia – my last name should be Baker – asked me if I was going to the Smitten Kitchen book signing. What! There’s a book signing!
I knew that Deb had written a cookbook and had put it on my list of things I NEEDED for Christmas but didn’t realized she was actually coming to Vancouver to do a book signing. I was ecstatic that I was going to be able to meet her (and finally Alicia!).
Having never been to a book signing before I wasn’t sure what to expect. I got to Chapters early, bought my book and enjoyed a hot chocolate while I waited for Alicia. I didn’t realize there was going to be a small Q&A session before the signing which you could get a seat for, so by the time we made it to the section they had set up all the seats were taken. There was such a big turn out for the signing, people were lined up everywhere.
Meeting Deb was awesome. I was kind of star struck and had no idea what to say to her, so I started telling her about how I haven’t had a kitchen for a year and it was killing me.
Then we had, what I think, is a very Jewish Italian moment.
I love Deb. She is so funny, personable and the sweetest thing ever. I adore her blog and her recipes. It was an honour being able to meet her.
The great thing about Debs recipes is that she uses basic ingredients, and if she decides to use something a little out there that you may not have in your kitchen, then she gives you options. Deb is an obsessive cook and a lot of the things she talks about on her blog and in her book I can totally relate to.
I’ve read about half of the book so far and I am dying to try so many of her recipes. The intros to each recipe are filled with Debs witty personality and each recipe has a photo which I love, because as you know, you eat with your eyes too.
It was a great evening meeting Alicia, who by the way I have 100 things in common with and we might end up having the exact same home (no white leather couches!), and meeting Deb. It was very inspirational and the perfect kick start to a new adventure in the land of cooking!