In November I had the honor of giving a talk on gluten-free baking and my book at Google headquarters (aka, the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA. Wowee! Being asked to do a Google talk is something of a holy grail for an author. I’ve watched many videos of the talks, but never dared to imagine that I would get a chance to do one! I still can’t quite believe it happened, but it did–and the video above is proof!
I was told that my topic should center around my book. I decided to do a talk that I called “The Road to Deliciousness” that chronicled how I became gluten-free, how I learned to bake again after my diagnosis, what gluten intolerance is and who has it, my philosophies around baking, my love of teaching baking, and the principles of community and tradition that I wanted to infuse into my book. I even included slides!
I was met and taken care of by two awesome folks at Google, Jacky Hayward and Nick Miranda. After my talk, Jacky and Nick took me to one of the cafes on the Google “campus” called Root that is gluten-free. The chef at Root is herself gluten-free and she said that she was thrilled that the powers-that-be at Google allowed her to make the cafe gluten-free. The food was excellent–I was quite pleased and impressed. Each dish was flavorful, interesting, delicious, and exciting and there were so many options–I kind of wanted to go back again and again to get everything (I restrained myself). For dessert there were individual gluten-free cakes topped with specialized chocolate bars. Yum!
Thank you, Google!