Monday, June 07, 2010

A book signing in Rome for David Lebovitz's "Ready For Dessert"

David Lebovitz is a very talented pastry chef. His blog is a must read. It's hilarious and filled with fantastic recipes and photos.

David's an American and has been living in Paris for several years. I love reading about his life in Paris. I agree with a comment left on one of his posts...there should be a Euro Cup for bureaucracy. France and Italy would be in the finals. heh.

Context Travel, along with Elizabeth and Domenico Minchilli, hosted a book signing in Rome for David's latest book. David writes about the event HERE. He includes links and mentions two gelato places I must try right away. There some great pictures as well.

I'm glad I bought my book when I first arrived as they sold out. The Almost Corner Bookshop in Trastevere will be ordering more.

It was a fun event. I got to reconnect with friends I haven't seen in a while and meet some new people.

Last year I said I would not buy another cookbook. I had to get this one. I've spent the last two days pouring over the book.

I will try a bunch of recipes and inflict them on my friends. I say inflict because my baking attempts here have not been very successful. However, this one has metric and American measurements so things might work out better.

David told me The Cook's Library bookstore closed last year. I'm in shock. It was one of my favorite stores in L.A. Most of my cookbooks were bought at that store and I brought all of them to Rome. Tim, the manager, was beyond helpful.

While I do get some books online, nothing beats going into a bookstore. Sure, Amazon can send you suggestions but I like browsing and talking to people who know books. It's sad that over 50% of the independent books stores in America have gone out of business and more will be shutting down.

Yes we have to pay a little more if we go to the "shop around the corner" but I think we'll lose more as a society if our only options are big box stores like Walmart.

Look at that cover. To quote Rachel Zoe, "I die!"

Nice spread. I had a sparkling rosè that was fantastic. I know what I will be drinking this summer.

David getting ready to sign some books.

This courtyard is so pretty. I walk past it all the time. Usually the gate is closed. I would love to rent one of the offices.


Elizabeth said...

Thanks for coming, it was great seeing you. I agree, I could drink that Banfi Rosa Regale forever! I guess we'll just have to have another party in Domenico's courtyard.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Elizabeth - It was great to see you as well. That wine is fantastic. I have to track it down. Domenico's courtyard is a fab place for a party.

David said...

So fun, and great to meet you, too! Glad to see you thriving, and surviving, in Roma!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

David - grazie! I can't wait to start baking. I better get to it before the weather gets too hot.

Kim B. said...

You are lucky this thing was in Rome!! for a moment when I saw you show up tagged on FB as "David Lebovitz party" I thought -- if she is in Paris and hasn't contacted me I'm going to hurt her! : ) A quick look at the photos made it clear it was Rome.

Glad you got your book before they ran out. Sounds like a wonderful evening - a little more high-class than we can do at WHS!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

kimb - ha...I wish I could take a quick trip to Paris.

Yes it was very classy but still down to earth and fun.

Petulia said...

Lovely seeing you,hopefully next time it will be on the tennis court!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Petulia - It was lovely to see you too. I'm excited to start playing tennis again.