Book Passage in San Francisco is arguably one of my favorite book shops in the country in one of my favorite cities in the country. Nestled into the historic Ferry Building, it’s a bustling place with people dodging in an out on their way to catch their aquatic rides across the bay. On Tuesday night, the doors open to the perfect weather, we entertained a small but deeply enthusiastic crowd. We sipped some local wines, and talked about what it really means to be a chef, life in Paris and the process of writing a non-fiction book proposal. Afterward, the store gave me the nicest gift: embossed personal notes. I was so touched that I used the first one to mail them a thank you card.