The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship Has Arrived!
More than 200 guests braved a cold and rainy night to help us celebrate at BookCourt bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, where we outsold any previous literary event in the bookstore’s history! (According to store management, we sold more books in one night than either E.L. Doctorow, James Elroy, or National Book Award nominee Colum McCann!) We are off to an amazing start and are delighted by the warm reader response.
We treated our guests to a lavish feast, and got rave reviews for our book’s recipes, including Turkish Cigarettes, First-Kiss Caramel Almond Kisses, Chocolate-Dipped Heart Cookies, Forgiveness Tapenade and Diploma Dip.
For years we’ve been reading this book aloud to each other, taking turns being Lilly and Val. But this was the first time we ever read to an audience. We looked out onto a sea of expectant faces…took a deep breath…and began.
At first, the room was very quiet, and you could hear how intently people were listening.
As we continued, we could feel Lilly and Val becoming real to everybody. (One listener later told us she felt she had “dropped into the consciousness of our characters.”)
We thanked our fans, friends, and family…and took a bow!
Then we signed our books. We knew we weren’t signing the Declaration of Independence, but still, it was a big moment in our personal history.
And for a happy ending to our big night, we looked around to see readers completely absorbed by our book. We knew then that THE RECIPE CLUB: A TALE OF FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP had found its way into the world.