Anyone who knows me or has read my blog, can probably guess that I have a minor obsession with Joanne Chang and Flour bakery. Most of the recipes I have featured here have some component from Joanne Chang’s delicious confections. So when I heard that she was releasing a new cookbook, Flour, Too I immediately pre-ordered a copy on amazon. And when my blogging friend, Dafna (of Stellina Sweets) told me she’d be visiting Boston and would be attending a book signing by Joanne Chang tonight (at Kitchenwares on Newbury Street), I immediately changed my call schedule so I could join her!
While this cookbook does contain some pastry and dessert items from the bakery, it also features many of the favorite savory items like the sandwiches, soups and dinner specials. The book signing started out with a short (but sweet- pun intended!) talk by Joanne Chang about how she got into the business, the growth of Flour, and the development of her two cookbooks (and plans for two more!). And of course, she brought some sinful treats for us to try and savor (brown sugar-oat cherry muffins). She then answered some questions from the audience and next the book signing began. Not only is she smart (she has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard) and talented, but she is super nice and personable! I can’t wait to delve into the new cookbook- a world of cinnamon cream brioche, roasted lamb sandwiches, scallion pancakes, Boston cream pie, and Kouign-Amann awaits me!