Over the last few years, I have attended my fair share of cookbook signings. My most recent was The Pioneer Woman’s first stop on the tour for her highly anticipated second cookbook, which was last night in New York City.
As with many of the signings I have attended, the date was in my calendar since it was first announced. I planned what I was going to say to the Country Queen when I got to the front of the line. I planned to wear something “cute” and have my curls not be a a frizzy mess. And as has happened with most of the signings I have attended, I practically lost my ability to speak in complete sentences when I was in front of the woman, my hair was pulled back in a disastrous bun and my outfit – let’s just say far from cute. Oy!
The beauty, however, was that when I got to the front of the line last night none of that mattered. Ree was all smiles and gracious to every single person in attendance – from the first person until the last, which was almost three hours after she started signing books. She personalized each book and spent time talking to each and every single fan, she even remembered me from last year, when I attended the signing for her novel. I was beyond flattered.
I’d love to say that I have had the same experience at all of the previous book signings I have attended but it has not been the case. The most disappointing was one for Ina Garten where fans were passed through a conveyor belt of people before finally seeing Ina who did not personalize books, spend much time with fans or even pose for pics. I was crushed.
Thankfully, this was not the case last night. Thanks Ree for spending time with all of us that love and adore you. And thanks for showing us how much you appreciate your fans. YOU ROCK!