Hi cuties! I arrived home to Texas and humid sticky weather last night. This book tour has been a whirlwind and so much fun! I wish I had time during the tour to give you real time updates on the blog but I was seriously just too busy. Hopefully you follow me on Twitter and Facebook where I posted updates every day.
I have so much to share with you about the tour, all the amazing places I visited and all the delish restaurants I dined at! But first I'd like to thank the people that all helped make this happen. I could not have done this alone! First I'd like to thank my publisher, BenBella and Jenni and Lindsay from marketing for helping me set up book tour events. Now comes a long list of BIG THANKS to friends who helped along the way: Laura Jill, Kate E., Kate L., Jacqui & Aaron, Susan, Dino and Steve, Debbi and Betsy at PCRM, Dawn, Meg, Lisa, Michele, Allyson, Jaime, Lee and Hiram.
And big thanks to all the locations where I held events and all the staff that helped with my demos. Everyone was wonderful! Thanks to Kat at Busboys and Poets, Annie at Roots Market, Holly at Whole Foods TriBeca, Aimee at Sun in Bloom, Michaele, Ocean and Rebecca from Whole Foods Dedham, Barbara at Whole Foods Portland, Lisa at Five Seasons Cooking School, Ruth at Garden State GreenFest, Char at Whole Foods Devon, Dana at Whole Foods Jenkintown, Kerry at Whole Foods Callowhill, Ken, Rich, and David of The Natural Epicurean, and the team at IACP. Hope I didn't forget anyone!!
So I want to give you a recap of the whole book tour but that could take days!! Check out the photos from my trip to see all the places and restaurants I've been to (feel free to leave comments!!). I will do some reviews of the restaurants in future posts. Here are a few highlights from the book tour!
Check out this video for updates on the first half of the tour up to Boston. I had such a fun time in DC with Jacqui and Kate, doing a class at Whole Foods TriBeca, the lovely dinner at Sun in Bloom in Brooklyn, cooking demo in Boston at Whole Foods Dedham and spending time with my old culinary school teacher Dawn! She has a lovely retreat if you are ever in the Boston area!
After Boston we went to Portland, Maine where I had the pleasure of staying at the gorgeous home of my friend Meg Wolff off Cape Elizabeth. I had a packed house at a cooking class at Whole Foods Portland. Then had a packed class at the Five Seasons Cooking School teaching ethnic food from around the world. It was a pleasure meeting Jake, a Twitter friend, and so many other beautiful people.
I only had 2 days in Portland and an event each day so I didn't get to spend enough time exploring the city. I'll be back for sure! My assistant Kate and I woke up at 6am to get to the Garden State Greenfest in New Jersey where I gave a talk on the importance of eating locally and gave them some eye-opening statistics on how many resources are used for factory farming. Then I gave a cooking demo and sampled out my Un-Tuna and Mac n' Kale Salad.
Then we headed to Philly where I was greeted by the warm home and chocolate cupcakes of Allyson of Manifest Vegan. We had a blast together! I had two events at Whole Foods and had some free time to explore the city. Jaime from Save the Kales came to visit us and we made this cute video. Read all about our visit on her blog. She is seriously one of the sweetest, good hearted persons I have ever met in this vegan world!
Here's an interview I did with From A to Vegan.com while I was in Philadelphia. Thanks to Lydia, Chris and crew for having me! As you can see I'm working my natural hair now! I can't believe it took me so long!
After Philly I took a super cheap bus ($8.50 for Megabus!!) back to New York where I attended the IACP Annual Conference. I met so many wonderful people there! Everyone was so friendly. I got to present at the Culinary Expo. I overheard that I was the first vegan to present at the conference so that was really special. It was fun hanging with The Natural Epicurean team, Allyson, Fran, Jill and more!
Like I said before I ate at some of the best vegan restaurants in the country! I will tell you more about that in future posts.
Thank you to everyone that supported me during this book tour, came to my events, and helped spread the word. It's an honor to have come to your town and showed you my love of plant-based foods. As a first-time author your participation in everything I do is crucial for spreading the message that everyone can enjoy and has the right to nourishing food. Thanks for being a part of my community!!
Now tell me what else I can do for you? What would you like to see from me in the future? What kinds of things would you like to see on the blog? Please share with me so I can better serve you.