By Elaine Van Develde
Fair Havenite Carolyn Cope’s life has undergone an unlikely transformation. She’s gone from corporate attorney to food blogger and author. And she has a book signing tonight at River Road Books in the borough she’s made her home for nearly the past 10 years.
What are the books? They’re entitled We Love Kale and We Love Quinoa and feature more than 100 “healthy and delicious recipes for enjoying two of the world’s most nutritious foods,” she said the day of the signing which is slated for 7:30 p.m.
How did she end up there? One day the epiphany of wanting to live a simpler, more wholesome and, perhaps, healthier dream just hit her while sitting at her desk at work as an attorney for a large corporate firm.
“I looked up from my desk at a giant corporate law firm one day and realized I hardly had any idea how I’d gotten there,” she said. “Shortly thereafter I left and started my food blog, Umami Girl, where I share mostly healthy, mostly plant-based recipes. Food blogging has been a dream, and the books are a direct offshoot of my work on the blog. Although the blog has a wide reach, it’s wonderful to be able to put a real cookbook in someone’s hands. Thank goodness people still love books!”
And Cope will be signing hers at her “first-ever book signing” and giving a talk tonight about just how she ended up where she is after her journey “from hungry kid to corporate lawyer to food blogger and author.”
She will also be sharing some cooking tips and offering up some wine and sample finger food to complement the evening.
Join her at 7:30 p.m. at the store near the corner of River and Fair Haven roads.