The Culinary Cyclist World Tour: Book Signings, Kale Smoothies and Living With Intention

The last month has been a whirlwind. In fact exactly one month ago, I was standing behind a podium at Powell’s bookstore doing my first official book reading.

Let’s back up.

If a year ago someone had told me that I would be standing behind a podium at Powell’s reading from a book that I wrote, I would have laughed. Sure, that’s the kind of stuff that you put on bucket lists, but it never actually happens. Until it does.

Going through a stack of old notebooks recently, I found a “30 before 30” list that I had started to write about a year and a half ago. A good friend of mine committed herself to running a marathon before she was 30 (which she did) and at the time, I figured it was best to put pen to paper and write all the things I wanted to have completed before I turned the big 3-0.

I only made it to 16 “to dos,” not for lack of ideas, but probably because I was using the list making as a procrastinating device on other work and then scolded myself and got back to it. But in finding the list, just a couple of weeks before hitting said birthday, it was the item in the number one spot that got me.

1. publish book

Given that I completely forgot about the list, it’s not as if I had this idea written down and hanging above my desk, reminding me every single day to reach for the stars and all that good stuff.

No, this was simply an inner goal, one that at the time seemed like a long shot, especially if you know anything about how long publication cycles take. But somewhere between thinking about it, verbalizing it and putting pen to paper to document it, it went from goal to intention.

And here we are a year and a half later, with a book under my belt, another one in the works with my friend Johanna and a picture of myself and the Powell’s podium. Making lists don’t seem so ridiculous now, do they?

(Ok, list items like “go to Montreal” and “knit a sweater” have yet to happen.)

Beyond a reading and signing at Powell’s, (thanks to my publisher Elly Blue for organizing) there was also a kale smoothie making on stage as part of a film festival about bikes (thanks to my friend Boaz Frankel for that one), and an evening of wine tasting at the new wine bar in my small hometown.

One could say that the Culinary Cyclist World Tour (yeah, I said “world” … it’s my book, if I want to make it a World Tour I can) is off to a good start.

What’s next? Books at Paris Vegan Day, the potential of leading a few food tours and hopefully many other good things.

I better go and make a list.

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Images: Luc Revel, Pedal Powered Talk Show

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