Cedar Gables Bed and Breakfast owners, Susie and Ken, greeted us and Susie showed us what she had baked from the book. Soon Annie arrived, known as Annie the Baker, for her cookie business. Her plump, moist cookies are totally addictive! They are called "more than a cookie" because, though baked, they give the impression of containing unbaked cookie dough. The itinerary for the night was for each baker to make a recipe from the book and present it for all to see in a room off the large dining room. Then, with everyone seated at the table, each baked recipe was taste tested by everyone at the table. The baker of the recipe then commented on what it was like to make the recipe. Woody and I were asked to give our thoughts about how it tasted and what we could offer as advice and techniques for the group. This was followed by Woody and me signing everyone's books. The concept is for everyone to learn, enjoy a wonderful evening with friends, have a one-on-one with an author, taste many incredible baked items, and get ideas on what they want to make for themselves. You can see from these photos what a splendid job they all did!
In addition to following the itinerary, we showed the video of the Baking Bible, and gave each participant a copy of my first book "Romantic Cakes" written in 1981 for the Great American Cooking School series. This paperback book, which has long been out of print, became my dress rehearsal book for "The Cake Bible". Stay tuned for our final events back in the Bay Area.