Home Cooking with Kate McDermott Birthday!
Today’s the day! It’s the official release day of Home Cooking with Kate McDermott, my second collaboration with the amazing photographer Andrew Scrivani. I am so proud of this book and hope that it brings home cooking and easy recipes into your kitchen, as well as good times shared at tables everywhere. This weekend I signed 300 copies for my local bookstore that is ready to send them out anywhere in the US.
Last night my son and couple of friends came over for a quiet evening to celebrate. I baked up Easy Cheesy Rice and Beanies which we enjoyed along with a fresh garden salad of spinach, a bottle of wine, and some mighty fine conversation. That’s what this book is all about, simple home cooking that brings us together at the table with recipes for families, friends, and solitary eaters, too.
In a recent conversation with a friend, we commented on how fast everything seems to move now. I said it felt that January was really just a few weeks ago but when I look at the calendar, it’s already October, and we’re nearing the next turn of the year. I feel breathless just thinking about it. You too? That’s when taking the time to go to the kitchen to cook, bake, or even make a cup of tea is so important. It slows me down and I remember that THIS is what it’s all about.
Today, I will make sure that my laundry is clean and folded, and then I will pack for nearly one month of book tour. Tonight there will be an official book release event at a local winery, that will benefit my local food bank. Before I go to that, I will gather with my long time girlfriends to bless this new book as it heads out into the world. I would be honored if you would think a good thought for its release, too. Then it’s out the door and off on tour!
I will be Seattle for three events over two days including a spot on NBC KING 5 New Day Northwest at 11AM Pacific on Thursday. I have to laugh when the instructions say to “come camera-ready and to wear more make-up than you usually do“, since I don’t wear make-up at all! I’m sure I’ll figure something out. Then I head to DC, NY, Austin, and quick trip home for a few days, and off again to Los Angeles (where I will be filmed for a Hallmark Home and Family episode), on to my beloved hometown of Santa Barbara, and finally home to Washington for more events until the end of the year.
Gretapie, Mr Fez, and Pie Cottage will be cared for by son, but I will miss them all sorely. I am already thinking of blissful winter days stoking my wood stove, drinking tea, and planning out next year’s garden, while a pot of soup or stew simmers.
Much love and many blessings to you on this special day and every day.