I spent last week in Seattle and Vancouver doing 5 events in 6 days. Since I crossed the US/Canadian border, you could say I was on an international book tour. Ha. The Banh Mi Handbook is my fourth go with doing book promo events and they are always fun and frankly, get even better. I’m not nervous like I was in 2006 with my first book launch. Plus, I get to visit with good friends in familiar towns.
Even so, it’s a whirlwind trip and I have to be organized, and can’t stay out late at night, drink too much or eat weird food that I may regret. The cooking classes and restaurant events are relatively easy going, though they are productions like a catered party.
The television gigs go by ridiculously fast and I have to be on my toes. Big time celebrity chefs and food television personalities have assistants and stylists who help to prep the food and select appropriate props. I work in a low budget situation, which means I do all my own stuff – outlining the segment, prep the food and scrounge up props from the kitchens of friends.
If I’m lucky, like I was in Vancouver, there’s an assigned publicist from my publisher who escorts me to events. Trish and I both carry my gear. I’m not a baby or a diva. Vancouver food and travel writer Nathan Fong hosted me at his home and let me use his kitchen and dishware. Everything has to be compact and ready to be quickly and efficiently transported from the car into the studio. There are many levels of security so you just want to go through it once.