On Saturday I was able to sneak away to Boston for the afternoon to partake in Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market. It was such a gorgeous venue, filled with makers and food vendors, and offering a packed schedule of amazing author appearances and events. I jumped in at the last minute to get my book signed by Joy the Baker, which was certainly a thrill. But the biggest thrill of all was connecting with Lucinda Scala Quinn, former vice president at Martha Stewart Omnimedia and author of many amazing books including, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys. She was so engaging, warm and welcoming, and I can’t wait to use her book to feed my hungry boys. Even though they are only 3 and 5, I am already amazed by their appetites. Much of my day revolves around feeding them: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Bowls upon bowls of fruit slices, veggies with hummus, hard boiled eggs…. It’s like shoveling coal into a fast burning furnace and I need all the help I can get to avoid getting into cooking ruts.
Getting out to events like this is such a refreshing change of pace for me. There is a part of me that feels that between having two kids so close together, writing book after book and juggling a freelance career, social networking fell by the wayside. And that is such an important thing as an author. I missed the boat by a few years in terms of social media, and as much I understand the value of networking and “getting out there” it just feels really difficult given the demands of home. All of that to say, it was such a treat to spend an afternoon meeting movers and shakers of the food world.