My last day in San Antonio is a chilly, blustery day filled with scattered showers so rather than tromping down the river walk or finding my way to a new neighborhood, I’m sitting on the picturesque porch of my beautiful hotel, thinking about the whirlwind weekend I had.
I was in San Antonio this weekend to participate in the 2nd Annual Book Festival. After a drawn out delay in DC I finally made it to the Hotel Havana around seven, which meant I missed the author cocktail party, but had plenty of time to wander the river walk and find myself some friend recommended TexMex. It was a really beautiful twenty minute walk to the Pearl Brewery area where I took myself (and my book) on a date to La Gloria. Ducks waddled their way in between table legs, searching for scraps of food and I happily made my way through several pulled pork tacos and spicy micheladas. I was grateful to for the walk back to the hotel, where I spent a little while prepping for the next day and then promptly falling asleep.
Bright and early the next morning was the author breakfast, complete with spicy sausage and egg casserole and my favorite of the day, green chile grits. After breakfast, I had a few hours to explore before my afternoon pie demo so I decided to make a quick stop at the Alamo. Growing up, my brother was obsessed with Davy Crockett… obsessed in a coon-skin-wearing-cap, watch-the-movie-every-weekend, bb-gun-wielding sort of way. It was very cute and as a result, I felt pretty well informed (in a Disney movie kind of way) stepping into that historical mission. The grounds are gorgeous and lush, there’s a corn husk doll making station (in case you don’t want to pay twelve dollars for a pre-made doll in the gift shop) as well as a musket loading tutorial led by men in full Texas Revolutionary costumes.
After the Alamo I made my way back to the book festival grounds, humming ‘Davy Crockett… King of the Wild Frontier’ the whole time. I stopped into the VIP room for lunch and instructions before making my way over to the cooking tent to double check my table. The prep work done by Central Markets was impeccible and the demo itself was a ton of fun.
At the end of the day we all went to the hysterical Literary Death Match and as I looked around the theatre and introduced myself as an author, it once again hit home. I wrote a book. I am an author. And to be sitting in a room surrounded by fellow authors, book lovers and nerds alike was something really special. I was honored to be a part of the festival and can only hope they understand how lovely they made this little ladybaker, cookbook writer feel!
So… so long San Antonio (see you in a week and a half).
Right now I’m sitting in the Boston Airport getting ready to fly back to DC and have just enough time (to finish my beer) and recap today’s stellar book event hosted by Northeastern University!
I arrived to town yesterday and was lucky enough to stay in the heart Harvard Square. I tromped through some of my old haunts, popped by Petsi Pies and took enough pictures of fireboxes to tide me over until my next Boston visit. Having slept on both sides of the bed (sorry Mo) I was refreshed and excited spend my afternoon with the pie-curious people of Northeastern.
NU has a gorgeous demo kitchen where we packed roughly ninety people into the room who were excited to hear about pie. The NU staff had prepped the tasting pies (strawberry basil, espresso french silk, and bluebarb) and artfully placed them around the kitchen while I demoed how to make my favorite whole wheat crust and strawberry basil filling… complete with lattice top… because what’s prettier in the springtime than bright berries popping through a delightfully flaky crust.
The audience was lovely; absolutely making me feel at ease during my first demo of the book tour. They asked all the right questions at all the right times, laughed at my jokes regardless of how lame they were, and at the end of the event they devoured all of the pie. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way my first event turned out and to have started my second tour off with such a bang. You can check out pictures from the event here… the pies look great, but I gotta say… my hair looks fantastic!
Thank you to everyone who helped today and everyone who came out to support this very grateful ladybaker!
I have been so touched by the overwhelmingly lovely and delightful responses to the book. Pictures of people with their books (and in some cases… pies!) have been flooding my news feed and I’ve never felt more proud and happy to know so many budding pie bakers. Thank you!!
Tuesday morning (my book’s birthday) I had an extensive radio tour scheduled for the morning and afternoon. Over the course of 7-ish hours I talked to roughly 27 radio stations about the wonderfulness that is the book. I didn’t have any idea of how exciting/exhausting it was going to be (it’s hard to stay totally animated for that many minutes in a row) but I definitely felt like a champ afterward… a champ who just had a book published. I was working with a company who would call (on my borrowed landline… yes I bought a phone just for the occasion) and connect me to the various stations, and all I could imagine was an old timey operator telling me to, “hold please” in that ever recognizable nasal tone, while fiddling with dozens of wire plugs to get my voice to where it needed to go. I lauded the book on shows like, Mayhem in the AM (nothing quite so crazy at pie at 9am), Sound Palate and What’s Cookin and got to talk about my favorite pie and what it was like to be a pie vagabond. It was like a crash course on how to promote my book and now I’m super excited to start the book tour.
When I turned in the manuscript a year ago, Aaron took me to this great little restaurant here in DC called Little Serow and the plan was to have the journey come full circle and have a second celebratory dinner when the book was finally published. The restaurant was perfect, specializing in Northeastern Thai, the meal is a journey in itself, starting out fairly mild, peaking in spice about halfway through the meal and evening out at the end. Plus there was a bonus guest, my dear friend RB came in from NY to surprise me and share in the celebrations. The meal was everything we could have wished for and afterward we finished the night off with Ross and Leah and a toast to Teeny’s Tour of Pie.
Next week starts the book tour and I’ll be in Boston first, doing a demo and a signing on April 2nd at noon on the Northeastern University campus. There will be pie!! Then I’ve got a few days at home before I jet off to the San Antonio Book Festival on the 5th for another demo and book signing. Week one! Please let me know if you are in either of those places and planning on coming to the event… I’ll keep a eye out for you! In the meantime, go snag your copy of Teeny’s Tour of Pie and happy baking!
Teeny’s Tour of Pie has hit the shelves… so clearly it’s time to go snag yourself a copy and start baking!
it can be found at the following links:
not to mention, at person at any Barnes and Noble and a few other smaller book stores around your city. I highly encourage you to take pictures of yourself with your new favorite book and send them to me or post them on the teeny pies facebook page. Thanks for all the love and support, it has been such an adventure!
Make Pie. Be Happy. Make More Pie.
My book comes out in 7 days and I’m so so so EXCITED. Teeny’s Tour of Pie will be available on March 25th at all of the Barnes and Noble’s and most likely at a few indie bookstores in each city. I know for a fact that Politics and Prose will have it here in D.C. and Aaron and I are dying to go buy our very first copy!
I think EVERYONE should go buy a copy (or wait for your Amazon copy to be delivered) and then take a picture and tag me in it! I WILL LOSE MY MIND.
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I’m feeling super proud of myself and can’t wait to start the book tour! I’m going to be in Boston on April 2nd, San Antonio on the 5th and Chicago on the 10th. For each tour date, I’ll let you know where and when the event is so anyone in the area can come out and say hello! Can’t wait to see everyone out there! ALSO… (in 7 days) SEND ME YOUR PICTURES OF YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF TEENY’S TOUR OF PIE! (seriously… I’ll die)
Sometimes, amid all of the hustle and bustle of starting and continuing to keep afloat a small business, it’s easy to forget that I wrote a book. Last year at this time I was hosting the final few pie parties, figuring out a finicky crust, and taking advantage of every hour of every day to finish a pie-tacular manuscript. And now, a whole 12 months later an advanced copy of MY BOOK has landed on my doorstep. It’s astonishing. And beautiful.
I have a hard time containing my excitement as book tour dates are lined up and I send pies to places like the Today Show and The Chew. It seems entirely unreal and entirely stupendous at the same time. I’m an official ‘Spring 2014 Cookbook’ author, according to Eater!
I’m still so so grateful for all of the help and support I received along the way and also super stinking proud of myself for having achieved something so great. You guys, this book is MINE:
I’ll keep ya posted about the Spring book tour and hopefully I’ll make it to a city near you! In the meantime… eat pie. be happy. eat more pie.