Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Elliott Bay Books Reading

On Monday night, a dream of mine for more than a decade was finally met. I read at the venerable Elliott Bay Book Co., the big daddy of independent bookstores here in Seattle.

From 1996 to 1999, I lived and worked in the city's Pioneer Square neighborhood. I lived in a loft across the street from the store in the historic Lucknow Building, my bedroom window just above Waterfall Park. Over the years, I've been going to the store to watch authors give talks, including my idol Ruth Reichl, plus memorable nights with Margaret Atwood, Jeannette Walls and Douglas Coupland, to name a few. I've stood in line to have my books signed dozens of times. On Monday night, it was my turn. With a full house, one studded with some of my closest friends, I gave probably the best talk that I've done anywhere on my tour. I want to thank everyone who came out on Monday for being such a wonderful audience.

In a unique twist, we gave out prizes for culinary trivia questions. Prizes ranged from huckleberry taffy from Alaska to an authentic tea towel from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Here's your chance to play, too. Simply post your answers in a comment to this blog. Correct or not, a week from Friday, I'll select one commentor at random and send him/her a signed copy of the book. Bon chance.

Trivia Questions
In what form did Le Cordon Bleu begin back in 1895?
a) Formal cooking school for apprentices
b) magazine
c) dining club for Parisians

Which of these oils are not made from its key substance?
a) olive oil
b) grapeseed oil
c) truffle oil

In what year did Auguste Escoffier publish his famed Le Guide Cuilinaire?
a) 1703
b) 1803
c) 1903

Did Chicken Cordon Bleu originate at the famous cooking school?

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Anonymous Clare said...

How fun. I win even if I am wrong, right? Then I won't google the answers...

1 - b
2 - c?
3 - b?
4 - false

October 1, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I had a GREAT time at your event.

1 - b
2 - c
3 - c
4 - false


October 1, 2008 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger jodi b said...

Fun idea....
B,B,B, False

Loved the book!

October 2, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Love the VP dinner menu, too!

here's mine:
b, c, c, false

October 2, 2008 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Dans l'espirit de Superior Cuisine....Je pense les answers (?) sont B,C,C, et faux. (A silly, yet fun attempt at using French 101 from years ago!) Pardonez-moi for mistakes! :)

I'm enjoying your journey of self-discovery very much so far - about to start the chapter Bye-Bye Lobster!

Are your recipes from the book available online? I have a loaner copy from the library so will need to photocopy or retype them otherwise. I can't wait to start cooking!

Also, do you have any plans to visit Denver? Tattered Cover Bookstore would be a great place to speak and sign!


October 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Hey laura,
We were looking at Denver but couldn't it work this time around. I can't wait to go to tattered cover, though...

Don't tell anyone, but you can download the recipes from audible.com -- just search on the book ;)

October 25, 2008 at 7:56 PM  

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