Thursday, August 30, 2007


Next month is the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association convention in the Seattle area, at which I am to be one of 20 authors talking about our books to convention-goers at a dinner event. Actually, we are to be dinner entertainment, going from table to table in 20-minute rotations, talking about why they should feature our books in their stores.

Yes, I am dreading this. But it's a great opportunity I'd be silly to pass up just because I'm still too Amish to brag up my own stuff. My friend Rachel is coaching me so I don't say, "You don't really want to get this book, do you?"

Anyway. Before that we get to eat dinner. Tomorrow I need to fax them and let them know which of the following entrees I prefer:

--Sage Roasted Pork Belly & roasted pear tomato sauce on toasted jumbo couscous with braised escarole & roasted shallots
--Herb Roasted Chicken Breast with a rosemary sauce, & mashed potatoes, roasted onions, carrots & seasonal squash
--Vegetarian Pear & Gorgonzola Ravioli with yellow beets, pears, grapes, gorgonzola & pine nuts

You know, sometimes I forget that there's actually a parallel universe out there where people eat like this. We, on the other hand, had this for supper:

--boiled new potatoes from the garden with butter and parsley, cooked green beans (also from the garden), and meatballs with a ketchupy oniony sauce.

And here I thought I was getting all gourmet by sprinkling parsley on the potatoes.

Quote of the Day:
"Yum yum."
--Steven, when I read the above choices to the kids


  1. Your menu definitely sounds better! There's just nothing like "real" food! :-) You have my sympathies in needing to "sell" your book. I'd hate that, too. Does begging work? "Please, please carry my book. I promise to be ever so grateful!!" lol!

  2. Graciously tell them you're planning to take your own sack lunch.


  3. You and my Mom used the same cookbook.

  4. We were on vacation for over 3 weeks and we were blessed to eat at some really nice restaurants. It's very flattering though to hear your family say they can't wait to have a home-cooked meal! Today is Buffaloaf (Ground Bison Meatloaf!) Yummy!