I’ve never been to a book launch before, but when I saw that Clotilde Dusoulier (better known as the author of the Chocolate & Zucchini food blog) had written a book, I looked forward to attending her UK book launch party.
So today was the big day. At 6:30, Cathy, Elizabeth, Johanna and I converged on the Institut Francais (where else would her book launch be, really?) in South Kensington. The Institut Francais feels like someone’s home, which I thought made it a nice, intimate place for the event. Clotilde spoke for a while about her switch from software engineer to food writer, and of course I was envious and inspired. How to make your beloved hobby into your day job – the question of the 21st century.
I waited at the end of her talk to get my book signed, and I surprised even myself by hanging around longer to have my photo taken with Clotilde. (Ta da! Photo at the top of this post). I couldn’t resist – she was so personable and approachable. Her publisher also seemed friendly and had even taken the trouble to make a few of the recipes from Clotilde’s book and serve them at the party. How many publishers would do that for their authors?
Anyway, Clotilde’s cookbook got rave reviews in the New York Times in late April, and based on the food served during the event today, I’m already excited to try the book’s chorizo bread recipe. I have a feeling it’s the best £9.99 I’ve ever spent.