What an incredible week to be in San Francisco! ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition was a jubilant celebration of authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and of course, books! Where else in the world are there this many people excited about books? Nowhere. And in a nutshell, it was AWESOME!
At this year’s conference, I had the opportunity to do a cooking demo, making Mollie Katzen’s super yummy carrot cake recipe from The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. I have to say when I first heard of this I wasn’t sure if it was a joke because (just between you and me) I don’t bake. In fact, over the years, I’ve had a very good relationship with my friends Betty Crocker, Nestlé® Toll House®, and the Pillsbury® Doughboy® and I go way back. The thought of baking, even pretend baking, in front of an audience was terrifying. Fortunately for me, Mollie Katzen’s recipe is so easy that even a bumbling baking novice like myself could do it. And I had a blast! With the headpiece microphone, I felt like a cross between Julia Child and Madonna. So Food Network, if you’re looking for an author who writes about food, but who can’t actually make the food, I’m your gal. Call me. We’ll talk! :) (I also happen to know two charismatic Missing Food Investigators who would love to host a kids cooking show.)
Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold enjoying the spotlight on the What’s Cooking @ALA Stage
Here are more photographic highlights:
Mug Shot: Me, and librarian extraordinaire, Beth Decker
Members of the Creston crew: Muon Van, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Julie Downing, April Chu, me
Darlene Beck-Jacobson and Georgia Lyon
Simon Stahl and me
me and Lane Smith
Marcia Goldman, Lola, and Marissa Moss
me and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Jon Scieszka and me
Muon Van and April Chu
me and Cece Bell
Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Jacqueline Woodson, and me
It was a wonderful conference. And to all the superhero librarians who inspire fledgling readers and turn reluctant readers into avid readers from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!!
Wilcox, Griswold and I have already packed our bags for the next ALA conference. We can’t wait!
p.s. Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Marcia Goldman, Lola, and I also enjoyed a great visit to a wonderful bookstore, Book Passage.
**Please remember to support your independent bookstores. Thank you!
 While practicing the recipe, I learned one thing: grating carrots on a hand grater is a serious workout. You can avoid expensive gym fees by simply buying a bag of carrots and a hand grater.