A John Hancock from Debbie

When my husband and I watch Antiques Roadshow, there’s usually an autographed something-or-other that turns out to be worth millions of dollars. My signature, however, will be worth nothing in later years not only because am I not THAT famous (except among deviled-egg lovers) but also because I will sign virtually anything, anytime, anywhere. Those poor Antiques Roadshow folks won’t be able to give ’em away.

For me, the fun of signings is the chance to talk to people, to find out what they’re cooking and why. But I know that many people enjoy having signed copies of books, yet aren’t able to be near me and my lucky pen. (Yes, I have a lucky pen; try to swipe it and you’ll draw back a nub.)

So, if you purchase one of my cookbooks (at your favorite independent bookstore, hopefully) and would like a signature, email me with the following: Your name and address, the name I should sign the book to, and any special message. I will sign an adhesive bookplate, which you can affix in your very own book, and mail it to you.

However, don’t expect to make a killing on Antiques Roadshow later on.

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