Some moments I loved at the big MetroCooking DC show (www.metrocookingdc.com) on November 2:
Seeing a standing-room-only crowd at my workshop and meeting so many people interested in cross-cultural culinary journeys. Sharing the whys and hows of several recipes—and watching attendees taste samples and smile. Talking with journalist (and deputy managing editor of americanfoodroots.com) Michele Kayal in the Conversation Corner about everything from how my Jewish and Italian culinary journey began to “Thanksgivukkah.” Meeting a woman who found my book in the Celebrity Bookstore (!) and was buying it not for the Jewish or Italian angle, but simply because the recipes appealed to her and the way she liked to cook and entertain. Hearing a chef in the prep kitchen say he might try my meatball matzah balls for Passover. Talking with one attendee from an Irish background about how she learned about Jewish foods and traditions. Getting asked by one of the staff members to sign his chef’s coat. Seeing a convention hall filled with people curious about and delighting in food, flavor, cooking techniques, and food stories. What a day!