One of my most treasured cooks, Ina Garten, from the Food Network cooking show Barefoot Contessa was in the OC last week. She came to Williams-Sonoma for a book signing for her lastest cookbook “How Easy is That?”
From my last Williams-Sonoma Bobby Flay book signing, I arrived 2 hours early – and supposedly Ina Garten had more reservations than Bobby Flay- he had 800 and she had 1200??? WOW! Guess where I lined up at 10am in the morning – OUTSIDE THE MALL. Holy smokes batman! I passed the time by chatting away with the ladies in line. I had met two amazing ladies who had been best friends for 53 years since the womb! I’m lucky that I live in SoCal because the weather was perfect and it was in the mid 70s and from where I was standing there was ample shade from the mall.
The only sad thing to report – Ina would only be signing the books that you purchased from here – only the new book and she would not be posing for pictures. There would be no way to get a personal picture or get her to sign my other beloved cookbooks. Oh well, I tried. I did manage to get a couple of pictures with her while I’m telling her how “fabulous” all of her recipes are and how I greatly admire her. She was happy to hear that and told me that I would enjoy this new cookbook.
Wow, can I tell you how amazing 2010 has been for me to meet so many celebrity food chefs? I’m just in absolute awe – Cat Cora, Rick Bayless, Bobby Flay, and now Ina Garten. I also had to pass up the opportunity to meet Ming Tsai because of a previous engagement. It’s been such a fun-foodie blessed year. I’m going to have restrain myself for awhile (unless it’s Tyler Florence) because I want to cook my way through these cookbooks before I think of purchasing anymore! I can’t wait to cook up more fabulous recipes from Ina Garten because everything in this new cookbook is easier to prepare and totally drool worthy and delicious.