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::events:: Food Network Book Signing with Jeff Mauro


I have the greatest husband. Ever. It’s true.

Things I have never been into:

  1. Reality television
  2. Books about a reality television show
  3. Book signings

Well. Time for all that to change. I got into Food Network Star. Way into it. We had to set up a recording for it. I think I bought into it so quickly because the standout players (Jeff Mauro, Vic Moea, and Suzie Jimenez) were just awesome. I was excited for any of them to win. I had already bought into their show. Maybe I was more into it because PTB was watching and enjoying the show with me. He was all for Jeff winning. As he mentions on My Latest Distraction, he can get behind the idea of “every meal in a sandwich, every sandwich into a meal.” If only I would let him eat like that.

Anyway… We were so invested in the show, that when we found out on Monday that there would be a local book signing Tuesday night, we had to make it happen. It wasn’t a book I really thought I needed, but come on…you can’t go to a book signing and not get the book signed. I wasn’t able to make it to the event due to prior commitments, so PTB stepped up and like I said…greatest husband ever.

In all honesty, I think he was looking forward to it. He had the book personalized for me, and while he may never look at the book, I think he wanted to go. I told him beforehand, that he and Jeff could be best friends. Within seconds of meeting him, they were both laughing it up, so I guess I was right.

Based on the pictures, they had an amazing time, but for more on the experience, check out Pete’s post on MLD.

The book is actually a show guide for all seven seasons of Food Network Star. It’s a behind the scenes look at the show’s creation, the contestants, the judges. It seems pretty interesting so far. Throughout the book there are kitchen tips, camera tips, and recipes. Look for a review in the near future. Ok…in the future…I have a baby, when do I read?! If you are that impatient, buy it now on Amazon!

The incredibly short book tour wraps up next week in Chicago, IL.

My new addiction


Off topic from my typical posts, but this seemed to be something I should write before heading off to bed. We just finished watching the season finale of Season 7 of Food Network Star. I had never watched the show before. I have always enjoyed Food Network, but in the past year my love has grown more. When I spent some time unemployed last Summer, it was an easy default when there seemed to be nothing on. Now, with what seems to be little time for anything electronic (tv, internet, etc), Food Network is a safe bet for me when I have a few minutes to relax. There will almost always be something on that I can quickly enjoy without too much thought.

One of the shows that I have really enjoyed is Chopped. It’s a staple of Food Network nighttime. I joke that our bedroom TV can only be on channel 664. I can easily turn on whatever food show is on and fall asleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in my head. Being the new mom, I am constantly heading to bed before PTB. He can’t fall asleep with the TV on. He came up one night, got so into an episode of Chopped, that he recorded it. A food show we could share? Could it be? With most shows on Summer break, we set up Chopped to record every episode. It has kept us entertained after putting Little B to bed many nights. But this post isn’t about Chopped. Our newfound love of Chopped led us to getting sucked into a repeat of the 3rd episode of Food Network Star. Completely. Sucked. In.

PTB called it. He knew from that episode that Jeff was going to win. I was close! I thought Vic. I quickly changed my tune after a few episodes. We’ve been rooting for Jeff for quite a while. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if Susie got her own show. She’s the Mexican Giada, and I am a big fan of Italian Giada’s. What does Jeff “the Sandwich King” Mauro winning mean?

1. More sandwiches in this house, and I am not a sandwich kind of person

2. Another food show we will be DVRing

3. Another food show we will be DVRing and watching TOGETHER!

I think this might be the first real reality show I got WAY into. I could be wrong though. Maybe it is my lack of time in the kitchen that is drawing me so much to Food Network lately. Either way, I really enjoyed it.

Jeff’s show will premiere next Sunday August 21st at 11:30am Eastern. Give the Sandwich King a chance.