Very exciting day in my kitchen yesterday, we shot a trailer to promote my new book In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite (available on September 7th, wherever books are sold!). I'm slowly getting over my fear of being in front of a camera, but I will admit to having some butterflies in my stomach about seeing my kitchen recorded for all of posterity. I was cleaning right up until the moment Katherine Tasheff (Director of Digital Media at Hyperion) and Josh Koll (videographer), arrived. And it was a good thing I did - Josh shot the inside of my fridge and even (shudder) my spice cabinet. You may think it looks a little disorganized and over-stuffed. But believe me -it looked better than it has in years.
Of course, Katherine and Josh couldn't have been sweeter about my houseproud (kitchenproud?) anxiety and the whole experience was nothing but fun. I made two of the recipes from my book (Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli and Last of the Summer Pesto with Scrambled Eggs and Ricotta), plus an old favorite not from my book (Fragrant Moroccan Chicken Soup with Chickpeas) and we talked a little bit about my philosophy of kitchen creation (I mentioned that I see my spice cabinet the way an artist sees their color palette - so when they decided to film it, I only had myself to blame). The whole trailer will probably last about two minutes and, as it took about three hours to shoot, I know a lot of the footage will be left on the cutting room floor. But there was one moment that I truly hope makes it in: when they got video evidence of my 22-month-old daughter eating broccoli and saying it tastes good (we got her at a vulnerable post-nap moment, once she had fully woken up she pushed the broccoli away with a "No Mommy, non, I don't want that!"). I could happily watch that moment playing on a loop for a long, long time.