So, I ended up meeting my boss at Off-Square Books today, a little bit after work. There was a *ton* of people there, as would be expected. I get in line to purchase a book, and about halfway there I notice Todd Rowland sitting in one of the chairs (one of the L5R head honchos, for those who don't recognize the name). I wave and say hi (we talked a bit at Midsouthcon, though he probably doesn't remember me from Adam). Eventually, I am ushered into the back of the room (thank God for ceiling fans - they had many of them going at full blast, and I am convinced that's the only way both he and I were able to survive in the heat and the press of people), where within a few minutes I'm shaking hands with Alton Brown. :) He was very cordial, though a bit tired - completely understandable as this was the tail end of the book-signing. I don't know that I would have made it without snapping at least once.
So, now I have a signed copy of Cooking with Asphalt. It's a good book, too; at least, what I've read so far.