1 At precisely 4:55 PM, I arrived at the National Public Radio Studios in Washington DC.
2 I was there for a taped interview with Linda Wertheimer, the iconic newswoman. It will air in early December.
3 Linda Wertheimer is NPR's senior national correspondent and has been reporting the news for NPR for the past thirty years.
4 Linda, of course, received a signed copy of my book and I was presented with 'The Nina Totin' Bag,' so named for Nina Totenberg, NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent.
5 Posing with Renee Kelly, Public Relations Manager for NPR
6 The map of NPR stations is very impressive.
7 Next, at 6:10 PM, I arrived at the Smithsonian's 'In Conversation With Martha Stewart' event at Daughters of the Revolution Building, Constitution Hall. This is the O'Byrne Gallery, where a donor reception was held.
8 Stacks of my book were ready for signing.
9 Meeting Alison McNally, Special Advisor to the Secretary, Financial Projects and her husband, Bobby German
10 During the reception, I sat down to sign books for 40 - 50 donors.
11 Here I am with caterer Susan Gage, whom I have known for many years and have attended many fine dinners catered by her.
12 Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
13 Posing with Barbara Tuceling, Richard Kurin, Wayne Clough and his wife Anne, Marc Pachter, Alison McNally, and Bobby German
14 The smiling bartender
15 Kate Tyler of Clarkson Potter, my publisher, has been a big help on this latest book tour.
16 Walking through the DAR to the next event - The Tennessee room represents a parlor in a wealthy American home between 1828 and 1836, the years of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, the seventh president and a Tennessee native.
17 The mahogany and gilt or golden armchairs where made for the White House after it was burned by the British in 1814. The portrait over the chair is of Jackson, painted in 1830 by his close friend and painter Ralph E.W. Earl.
18 The Maryland room, a late 1830s parlor in a wealthy household, has been decorated with visually striking scenic, hand-painted wallpaper. Made in France, this paper shows one of the many uprisings in Paris during the 1830s.
19 The Maryland room s designed to show a family member entertaining guests on the Grand harmonicon. This instrument is comprised of any number of wine glasses which may or may not require water for tuning.
20 The sound is typically produced by rubbing the rims of the glasses with wet fingers. Harmonicons had been popular in wealthy circles since the 18th century, when composers like Mozart and Beethoven composed music for it.
21 An old membership Application for DAR
22 I then moved to Constitution Hall, built in 1929 by the DAR to house its annual convention. After an introduction by Barbara Tuceling, Director of the Smithsonian Associates, I gave a presentation on American Style.
23 Here I am with Marc Pachter, Interim Director of the National Museum of American History.
24 After my talk, I sat down with Marc Pachter on the stage of the largest auditorium in Washington DC.
25 We had a very interesting talk about my influences and inspirations on American culture and its continuing evolution.
26 As you can see, the hall that seats 3,702 people, was quite full.
27 Above us was this fantastic mural of a bald eagle, the national bird and the symbol of the United States.
28 Afterwards, book signing again! This is my friend, Adiam, who lives in Washington DC and came to the event with her nephew.
29 With Jennifer Levin, who worked with me many years ago in my kitchens at Turkey Hill. She now lives in the DC area and it was great to see her again.
30 After my talk and book signing, we went to Founding Farmers Restaurant, where we ate some delicious food! It is owned by a collective of American family farmers and was designed to look like an old farmhouse. http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/
31 I was so impressed with this display of large jars filled with canned and pickled produce.
32 Susan Magrino, my publicist and Daisy Schwartzberg, my makeup artist perusing the menu, which sources fresh products from family farms, ranches, and fisheries from across the United States.
33 Kathy Sloane, my friend and a great real estate broker at Brown Harris Stevens - Kathy lives in NY and Washington DC and met us for dinner.
34 Kelly Galvin, who works with Susan Magrino
35 Kate Tyler, from Random House, my publisher
36 I had the Southern pan-fried chicken, which came with waffles, mac 'n cheese, and green beans. It was very, very good!