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That’s the way the granola bar crumbles

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I think the highlight of my Christmas dinner this year was when I entered the family kitchen, where I arrive bearing the dessert, and promptly dropped the the whole thing on the floor, where it shattered into a million pieces. I sighed, and guessed it was a fitting end to a fragmented year. Having seen more than my share of kitchen catastrophes in my time in various professional kitchens, like getting yourself stuck in a traffic jam, there’s not much you can do once the damage has been done and I’m glad that I’m able to laugh them off.

This year, one of my catastrophic ideas was to tackle granola bars. I see recipes out there all the time—usually some sort of combination of oats, dried fruits, sometimes nuts, and invariably lots of sweeteners to hold everything together. I wanted to make a bar that was really grainy and nutty, without being overly chewy or sugary, but not one of my experiments turned out as I expected. And what I was left with after each of my attempts was a cutting board with some combination of oaty crumbs, miscellaneous dried fruits, dried out seeds of some sort, and a wounded ego.

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Links I’m Likin’

Place Dauphine

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Speaking of which – you might want to back up your Flickr or Facebook accounts? Backify will take care of that for you.

I’ve been deluged with desperate requests for macaron tips. Here’s my round-up of techniques and troubleshooting for Making French Macarons. And that’s all I can tell ya’…

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Get-Together This Saturday at Sugarplum Bake Shop in Paris!

I don’t think anyone out there is more excited than I am for the get-together this weekend at Sugarplum Cake Shop in Paris! There’s going to be cake, cookies, and lots of other sweet treats to sample.

The event will take place this Saturday, October 22, from 6pm to 8pm. Copies of The Sweet Life in Paris, Ready for Dessert, and The Perfect Scoop will be available – Ready for Dessert and The Perfect Scoop will be the new UK editions – and perhaps a good chance to tick off a few gifts on your holiday list, too.

If you haven’t been into the Sugarplum Cake Shop, you’re in for an amazing time and it’s going to be lots of fun, and a chance to taste some of their incredibly scrumdiddlyumptious treats.

Sugarplum Cake Shop sugarplum cupcakes

You’re welcome to bring already owned books for signing and for those unable to make the event, you can stop into the bakery beforehand and order a signed copy of a book.

Although the event is open to all, if you are coming and would like to RSVP on the Facebook Event page, that will give the bakery a better idea of how many guests to expect.

Please note that the bakery is open to the public until 6pm. So if you’d like to arrive in advance and enjoy the café, you are welcome to as a customer until that time. This event will begin at 6pm.

—see you then!



Sugarplum Cake Shop
68, rue du Cardinal Lemoine (5th)
Tél: 01 46 34 07 43
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London Book Events – This Week

Although it seems like I travel a lot, I normally don’t—I swear. (Although I think my internal clock, which is going haywire, might disagree with that statement.) However I couldn’t resist coming to London to celebrate the release of Ready for Dessert in the UK, in addition to the UK-edition of The Perfect Scoop.

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I’ll be making a quick jaunt to London this Tuesday, September 6th, at Divertimenti, doing a cooking demonstration and booksigning (Facebook RSVP page), as well as hosting a dinner at La Fromagerie on Wednesday evening.

Whew!…


San Francisco Book Event: This Tuesday, Aug 30th

This Tuesday night, from 6 to 7pm, I’ll be at Omnivore Books in San Francisco signing books.

If you’re in town, stop by and say hi!
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Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA
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Although not necessary, you’re welcome to RSVP at the Facebook page for the event. If you are unable to make the event, or live elsewhere, you can order a book from Omnivore to be sent or saved for you.

Colette Book Event in Paris

colette sneaker

This Friday, June 24th, I’ll be hosted by Colette, the coolest store in Paris, as part of their Cooklette series. It was one of the first places in Paris that really wowed me when I first walked into it years ago, and I’m excited to be leading an Ice Cream Sundae Party in their Water Bar restaurant.

After the event, from 6:15pm to 7pm, there will be a book signing of the new UK edition of The Perfect Scoop, as well as my other books.

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The Perfect Scoop – UK Edition

Now readers in the United Kingdom have their own UK edition of The Perfect Scoop.

It’s so new, even I don’t have it yet—so you’ll scoop me, too.

The Perfect Scoop is now available online or from your local bookseller – just in time for summer!

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Paris Booksigning – This Weekend!

This Saturday (April 30), from 4 to 6pm, I’ll be signing books at WHSmith book shop in Paris.

The store will be open as usual during this event so there won’t be any long-winded speeches from me or anything (whew!) – so you’re welcome to show up any time and say hi, and get a book signed. Or just say hi! (And check out my new haircut nearly-shaved head…)

Copies of the brand-new paperback edition of The Sweet Life in Paris will be available.

There’s also a Facebook Event page if you’d like to RSVP but that’s not necessary. And if you wish to reserve a book, you can do so at the link for WHSmith below, by contacting the store by e-email or telephone.

WHSmith
248, rue de Rivoli
Métro: Concorde
Tél: 01 44 77 88 99
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*They will not have copies of my other books on hand or for sale, but you are welcome to bring pre-owned copies for signing.