This is not me

OK, so it’s been going back and forth for a few months, but it’s final. Here’s the new cover. I liked the hardcover image, although I wasn’t actually crazy about it at first. There were some other options floated around. One included a sliced red onion that was supposed to invoke a bit of Georgia O’Keefe, and I have to admit it was beautiful and abstract and, well, deeply sexual. The “petals” of the onion looked like something my gynecologist would recognize in an instant. It didn’t get past the sales team. There were some various plays with typography and image, and then they came up with this design.

This looks like me walking through the Tuleries garden in Paris, doesn’t it? I mean, it could be my hair. I have a jacket like that. But it’s a stock image. Mike says I’ll probably forever be answering the question “So where are you walking?” (Actually, I think its in the Bois de Bologne to the west of Paris.)

But the three chefs in the small picture at the top right at the real thing. They are the three main chefs from the book. In the center is Chef Marc Thivet, aka Chef Gaillard or “The Gray Chef.” On the right is Chef Didier Chatefort, aka Chef Dufour, the head of Superior Cuisine. And to the right, Chef Patrick Terrien, who is called Chef Savard in the book. I also know there is nothing in the pot that they’re gathered around…
While we on the topic of the paperback, I thought I’d direct you to the reading group guide that is now online. You want to know something else? Authors often write these themselves. At least, I did. I had a friend write out the questions, though. I thought it was a little weird to “interview” myself. (I’m not Stephen Colbert…) Anyway, take a look if you’re interested.

The reading guide isn’t going to be in the paperback. Instead, we decided to put in a book club menu guide. A version of it is online now, and I’ll be updating it to include the one from the book in the next few days.

About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

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