2 "Appetizers" is divided into five sections: snacks, starters, small plates, stylish bites and sips - you'll love all the easy to make and easy to understand recipes designed to make party-prep lots more fun!
4 By the time we started, it was standing room only. Geoffrey and I talked about how much entertaining, and what today's casual parties are like. We discussed the development of restaurants and some of our favorite appetizer dishes - it was a very interesting conversation.
5 Geoffrey complimented my recipe for 'pigs in a blanket' - one of the first appetizers to always run out at parties. I shared my fondness for cheese straws - such a fun starter that pairs well with any cocktail. The entire conversation took about an hour.
6 After the discussion, we posed for a quick photo with my book. The 'conversation' was a lot of fun, and I also enjoyed answering all the interesting questions from the enthusiastic audience.
7 Next, I did a book signing at Barnes & Noble. We sold lots of books - everyone responded so well to "Appetizers."
8 I always enjoy book signings - it gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to so many new and interesting people. If you're near the Center City Macy's in Philadelphia later today, I will be doing another book signing - I hope to see you there!
9 During my book signing, I stopped to smile for a few photos with the guests - it was nice to see everyone so excited about the new book.
10 I am so proud of this book, and with the holiday season just around the corner, I know "Appetizers" will be a great help to anyone and everyone who is planning a party.
11 Food editor Greg Lofts, executive editor Evelyn Battaglia, and managing editor Susanne Ruppert, worked on "Appetizers". After the book signing, they and the rest of this core team, Geoffrey and his wife, Margaret, and myself, went to dinner at Union Square Cafe owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer - it was his very first restaurant. http://www.unionsquarecafe.com
12 Design director Jennifer Wagner, and editorial director for my books, Ellen Morrissey, also joined me for dinner to celebrate the launch of "Appetizers".
13 All 10 of us sat at one large table in the middle of the restaurant. Here were Geoffrey, Kevin Sharkey our Executive Editorial Director of Decorating, and Greg.
14 This is Geoffrey's wife, Margaret.
15 My long time publicist and friend, Susan Magrino, with Ellen, and Margaret.
16 Another quick snapshot of Evelyn, Susanne, and Jennifer.
17 We all enjoyed glasses of the French wine, Sancerre, with dinner.
18 On the same night was the women's quarterfinals at the US Open between Serena and Venus Williams. We just happened to have a laptop with us, so I kept one eye on the match during dinner. Of course, we kept the computer on mute, but the wait staff was also very kind not to mind.
19 Serena Williams won the first set, but here was my reaction to Serena's 1-6 loss in the second set to her sister, Venus. Geoffrey was equally disappointed, but don't worry, at the time there was still one more set to go. Did you watch the match?
20 Here was the elder Williams sister, Venus, waiting for her younger sister, Serena, to serve during the third set.
21 There was a lot of suspense - the match ran 98-minutes total. It was a sellout crowd of more than 23-thousand spectators inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium of New York's USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, watching the two sisters play each other. http://www.usopen.org/index.html
22 This was the sisters' 27th career match. Here was Serena getting ready to give one of her 100-mile per hour serves.
23 If Serena wins the Open, it will be her first career calendar grand slam, having won all three of the previous majors in 2015. No female player has achieved that since 1988.
24 Here was Serena serving for match point.
25 And, this was the moment she won the quarterfinals. 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. In the next round, Serena plays Roberta Vinci, an unseeded Italian veteran who will be playing in her first grand slam singles semifinal.
26 Serena described the match against her sister as "going against a best friend and at the same time, going against my greatest competitor in women's tennis." Venus said, "if Serena wins the tournament, it would be a victory for her and the entire family." It was a good match.
27 Here I am with Geoffrey - we had such a wonderful time.