Meeting Gabrielle Hamilton was no exception. Gabrielle Hamilton is a renowned chef (of Prune fame) and author of BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER (which I posted about here), and I had the good fortune to hear her speak recently at Little Red Schoolhouse/Elisabeth Irwin H.S. here in NYC (thanks to Jen for hooking me up with a ticket!).
Gabrielle Hamilton was lovely to listen to. She was charming and gorgeous, and she read from her own work really well. If all the dog-ears on my book's pages are any indication, Ms. Hamilton could have chosen any number of sections to read from and I would have been happy! She read from the seventh chapter where she is accepted to University of Michigan's master's program for fiction writing. The whole room laughed along with her, as we have all had that experience where we have chased dreams...only to realize that, once achieved, the dream isn't all it's cracked up to be.
For the book signing afterward, Ms. Hamilton was sitting next to Roseanne Cash, who read from her book COMPOSED: A MEMOIR during the evening. What do I immediately say to Gabrielle Hamilton? "I love the book so much. I blogged it and I compared you to MFK Fisher. It's that good." And if you're thinking that all this came out in a mad torrent of jumbled words, then you're right. To which Ms. Hamilton archly raised an eyebrow and said, "MFK Fisher? Really?" This might have been that moment:
And this is the moment when I should have walked away, having already done some damage. But, no. I kept going...
So Roseanne Cash heard me babbling and interjected, "I love MFK Fisher!" To which I replied by holding up BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER and saying, "But have you read this?!" Roseanne Cash said that she had not read it yet. I answered, "Well, you should!" This is the moment when I'm saying that to her (Roseanne Cash is the redhead):
And to complete the night, this is how Gabrielle Hamilton signed my dog-eared galley of her book:
I'm so happy to have had a moment with Gabrielle Hamilton, as I really was rocked by BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER. I'm just not so sure this is the moment I had envisioned. To her credit, Ms. Hamilton handled herself with endless grace and poise, even when presented with a ridiculous fan girl.
Eat, drink, and grab the words before they fall out of my mouth!