did an event with Deb
Perelman for our new books, L’appart
Kitchen Every Day. We’d both been traveling around, and not
one, not two…but three times, we were in the same city at the same time,
but didn’t see each other. One night, I was having dinner by myself
before an event and after a two-hour slog through traffic, I needed a sip
of something. While inching along on the clogged freeway, I’d sent her a
text message, asking if she drank anything before events. She said no.
On my last
book tour, I kept my coffee consumption to one cup in the morning, and no
more than a small sip of wine in the evening, because I was balancing a
lot of travel with a lack of sleep, and wanted to stay on an even
keel for my events. So I heeded her sage advice.