48 Hours with Patricia Wells

If you’ve been following this blog lately, chances are you’ve read a lot about Patricia Wells and Salad as a Meal. Well, buckle up, because you’re about to get another look at the Spring’s hottest cookbook, this time through the lens of the first two days of her book tour… with me!

FIAF event, photo credit to Juneneoire Mitchell

Patricia kicked off her month-long US tour here in New York City last Wednesday. We wanted to ease her into the tour so a few of us took her out to lunch at Eataly where we hit up Il Pesce, the fish restaurant, for some delicious fresh prawns, sea scallops, and razor clams. (Side note #1: If you ever eat with a James Beard Award-winning chef, always let him or her order for the table. They know more than you do and you will be well taken care of.) We walked off our lunch with a trip down to the Strand where Patricia signed stock before heading over to the James Beard Foundation’s pop-up location at Chelsea Market for a Beard on Books signing. We had some time to kill before the book launch event at the French Institute, so we dropped by a couple specialty shops in the West Village—to peruse the Swedish candy at Sockerbit on Christopher Street and the salts at Mark Bitterman’s store, the Meadow, on Hudson. Patricia’s event at the French Institute Alliance Française was lovely—her good friend, Ina Garten (whom many of you know from her show, The Barefoot Contessa, and her best-selling cookbooks) interviewed Patricia prior to a cooking demo for the crowd. And that was just Day 1.

On Thursday, I met up with Patricia at the Today Show, where she had a live segment showing off recipes for her Cobb Salad, Chicken Salad with Green Beans, and her Crab Salad with Lime and Avocado. (Side note #2: Staff at the Today Show are big foodies—a bunch of producers stopped by the kitchen after the segment to sample the salads from the demo, all before 10:00AM!) Patricia and I then trekked downtown for an interview with Joan Hamburg on WOR Radio and then back to midtown for Martha Stewart Radio and a breather for a lunch of lobster cobb salads (after all that talk of salads, we just had to).

I could talk on and on about how warm, friendly, smart, and fantastic Patricia Wells is—but I won’t do that. I’ll let you pick up Salad as a Meal and page through the delicious, fresh recipes so that you can see it for yourself. Her love of good food and fresh ingredients is on every page, and you have to look no further than any of her interviews to see that her personality radiates happiness whether she’s discussing her garden in Provence or how to make lemon zest salt or what her favorite vegetables are. Enjoy, and happy Spring!

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