This week's tablehopper: and we have lift-off.


Black and tan at Fentons Creamery.

Oh yeah, it’s not every Tuesday I start my day with a glass of sparkling bubs (some crisp Iron Horse ‘03 blanc de blancs, if you must know), but then again, it’s not every Tuesday your first book goes on sale [insert “holla!” here]. You can find my book at a variety of wonderful bookstores around the Bay Area and of course online (but please support your local bookseller if you can!).

I’m looking forward to my first book signing this Friday at Booksmith in the Haight (7:30pm), where we’ll have orange-cardamom-ginger with saffron gobs from Gobba Gobba Hey, cardamom-ginger chai (and another surprise flavor) from The Chai Cart, and naturally there will be bubbles! Hells yes. Some of my very favorite local bubs, in fact: Domaine Carneros Pompadour Rosé. Purr.

I have a bunch of events and book signings coming up that are far from “bookish,” from a Cooks with Books lunch at Perbacco to a demo/event at Bloomingdale’s with Humphry Slocombe to a chocolate tasting at Fog City News to a two-martini lunch at Bix. (Hint: you also might want to look at the ViniPortugal event since admission for the first 150 people comes with a free book!) You can peek at the complete lineup here—I will be updating it each week with more details and info. Hope to see you out and about.

Suffice it to say, things have been a little crazy this past week, so I’m sorry to bail on writing a review for this issue. Too. Much. Going. On.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for all the encouragement, support, enthusiasm, and generosity you have shown me along the way—I am counting my lucky stars that I am a published author. I’m here to report: it really feels good—I think it’s just sinking in. (It’s also a fab honor to start the day with a clever mention about your book in Daily Candy—I cracked up over “Where should I take Lois?”) Who knew this former little bookworm—let’s just say my favorite way to spend my allowance was on books—would eventually have her very own book? So many writers dream of this opportunity. I know I did. Thank you, Ten Speed Press!

So with that, I want to dedicate this issue to my loving parents—they worked so hard to ensure my sister and I had a good education, a happy home, healthy lives, and grew up believing we could accomplish anything. I am profoundly grateful.

And now… it’s time to party! Pop!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Mar 9 2010