My Book

Meet Me at the Bamboo Table

My debut book, Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere, released in October 2016 through Chin Music Press. It’s a collection of 21 personal essays on meals and memory that span 40 years and 15 countries.

Praise for Meet Me at the Bamboo Table:

Meet Me at the Bamboo Table is a thought-provoking book that challenges you to consider what’s on your dinner table in a whole new light.”
—Simon Majumdar, author of Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork, and judge on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen

“A.V. Crofts travels the world with her eyes—and her mouth—wide open. Her stunning essays are a joyful exploration of culture and custom, friendship, and family. With Crofts as our guide, we’re taken on an adventure both personal and profound, a journey as delightful as it is delectable. I’d meet her at any table, anywhere.”
—Nancy Leson, food writer and KPLU host of Food for Thought

“The act of breaking bread, sharing tea, toasting someone’s health, or serving another person takes you out of yourself, and puts you that much closer to the rest of the world. Anita’s anecdotes tell these stories. They speak to the power of food, of rituals, of honoring cultures and assimilating. They testify to what an act of love feeding another human really is.”
—Lisa Nakamura, chef and owner, Gnocchi Bar

Meet Me at the Bamboo Table is a charming collection of short essays about travel, food, and memory. From Paris to Namibia, Estonia to Alabama, and New Zealand to Rome, this collection will make you want to book a flight and start eating.”
—Kathy Gunst, resident chef for NPR’s Here and Now, James Beard Award–winning journalist, and author of Soup Swap

“Anita Verna Crofts has preserved her food memories in lyrical language that invites you to sit by her side, open your eyes, and taste the rewards of being alive.”
— Donia Bijan, chef and author of Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Read a full review from the Spokane Inlander.

Buy it from Chin Music Press, Indiebound, Powell’s BooksBarnes & Noble, or Amazon.

Readings, Events & Press:

9/28/16     Sketchnote Army Podcast

10/2/16     University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2:00 PM

10/8/17     Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA 7:00 PM

11/20/16   Foodall Chocolate Silk Pie Podcast

12/1/16     Book Larder, Seattle, WA 6:30 PM

2/15/17     KBOO FM The Food Show, Portland, OR

2/21/17     Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR 7:00 PM

2/23/17     FOOD: Four Short Talks, Seattle, WA 6:30 PM

3/10/17     Omnivore Books, San Francisco, CA  6:30 PM

3/13/17     EatWith Member Meeting, San Francisco, CA  6:00 PM

3/23/17     Roslyn Public Library, Roslyn, WA 7:00 PM

4/8/17       KUNM FM Women’s Focus, Albuquerque, NM

4/20/17     Inlander, Spokane, WA

4/26/17     IN_NW Conference, Seattle, WA

4/29/17     Independent Bookstore Day at Book Larder, Seattle, WA 1:00 PM

5/28/17     Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, PA 2:00 PM

6/15/17     Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA  7:00 PM

7/19/17     Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME

7/26/17     Print, Portland, ME 7:00 PM