WH Smith in Paris
After our 10-day book tour in the US we had a book signing, along with our uber talented illustrator, Dinah Diwan, on home turf, in Paris. WH Smith, the English-language bookstore on rue de Rivoli hosted the event for us where we served ginger juice, from the Bushman cocktail recipe, banh mi sandwiches, and tomato and mango dip with plantains. WH Smith provided the much appreciated wine. All our wonderful friends came including journalist and author Mort Rosenblum, who introduced us. It was all the more heart-warming to see a number of the very special people who contributed to the book seated in the audience of over 50 people:
Mr. Akira Suzuki, who makes his own high-end Parisian tofu, Liza Soughayar and Karim Haidar, owners of Liza restaurant, Manola Jouanneaux, who contributed to the Southeast Asian chapter for Laotian recipes, Alexandre Bela Ola, cookbook author and owner of the pan-African restaurant, Moussa l'Africain, Anis Nacrour, diplomat and gourmet, who pulled out of his hat an original recipe for fish kibbeh, Henri Durimelle who contributed the Pork Colombo and Coconut and Lime Flan recipes from Guadeloupe, Leila Marouane, author, and Gina Diwan, designer.