A lot has been happening lately and I am way behind on blog postings; my sister and friends visiting from the mainland... showing them the sights around the island... celebrating my 78th birthday, and a lot more. I will maybe condense some of the happenings since their arrival in a future post.
For now, I will blog about the latest event and then work my way back in time ;-)
When the publisher The Larry Czerwonka Publishing Co., announced the date when my "From Soup to Nuts" cookbook would be released, the owners of the Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View wanted to know how they could get copies to sell at their shop and when could they schedule a book signing.
The Mill suggested a Tuesday because there is a cruise ship that stops in Hilo on that day every week and the Mill is a popular stopping place for small tour buses loaded with ship visitors going up to the Volcano. We agreed on June 30th and that was yesterday!
Before the visitors started arriving in droves, we were talking coffee and of course, how to make a good cup of Cuban coffee came up...My sister Sandra and I explained how to make an espresso with 'espumita', the sugar foam that floats to the top...The barista got it right on the first try!
I prepared the Black Bean & Corn Salsa or Dip (page 68) for tasting. Everyone seemed to like it...or at least said they did and some even did eye-rolls. Ha! in the photo above, Juanette is sampling the salsa.
Galyn dropped by for a while and brought me a beautiful ti leaf and white orchid lei...Mahalo, Galyn!
My sister Sandra is here visiting from Miami for a few weeks...she was a big help to me and took the photos shared in this post, except for this one, which was taken by Galyn Williams...and it shows a little bit of our two hostesses for the day, Kathy and Jeanette, in the background.
Several local people came to get copies of the book...some I knew and some I met for the first time. Several copies of my cookbook will find their way to Australia and a couple will be going to Colorado...unfortunately, we did not get photos of everyone!
Mahalo to all who contributed to make my first signing of my second cookbook a big success and Mahalo Nui Loa to Kathy & Jeanette of the Hilo Coffee Mill for the opportunity to share my cookbook with others!
Here is a an excerpt from a beautiful review shared yesterday on Amazon:
From Richard Frisbie: What I liked most about “From Soup To Nuts” was the engaging warmth of the writing and the clarity of the recipes and advice. It reads as if a good friend who just happens to be a passionate experienced cook is walking you through the meal literally from soup to nuts, or beginning to end, including beverages. You’ll learn what to buy, how to cook it and what to do with the leftovers all by following her simple recipes.
To read the entire review as well as all the others, please click HERE
and if you have a copy of the book and would not mind sharing a review, please leave one on Amazon!
If you're interested in getting a copy - or two (or three!) - the Mill has a few copies left, already signed by me.
You can also order through the publisher The Larry Czerwonka Co.
or through Amazon