Leaving publishing and libraries behind recently wasn't an easy decision. And it still isn't. Likewise, when I left culinary school two years ago, that was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. But it's okay because it's led me here. I can't believe I'm able to do freelance work, talk about food, take pictures, spend more time with Bug, travel whenever I want...like, as my life. This is an amazing time for me and I'm loving every second. I am so incredibly lucky.
Speaking of lucky, it's been a very good few days for me; let's just say that the mailman has been my friend. Check out all the delicious treats below:
The lovely Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg sent me a copy of their newest book, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE (review coming up). I'm such an evangelist for their FLAVOR BIBLE and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT - I'm thrilled to be reading the latest. I now have the trifecta of foodie reference books...and so should you. Go get them (or give them away for the holidays!).
The awesome folks at Sterling sent me a copy of EDIBLE BROOKLYN: THE COOKBOOK by Rachel Wharton. I just got it yesterday so I haven't cooked anything from it yet, but I can't wait to dig in. It's the first cookbook I've seen born from the Edible magazines.
I won a contest! Thanks to Cooking with Libby and Tate's Bake Shop, I have a copy of their cookbook, TATE'S BAKE SHOP COOKBOOK. I also got three bags of their Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate cookies. Review? So good! I don't normally like my chocolate chip cookies crunchy but these are different: they have this lacy delicateness to them that I just adore. I'm happy to dig into these instead of Bug's Halloween candy!
And I won another contest! In a few short hours, I'll be joining Google Places and Midtown Lunch for lunch at Food Gallery 32! I have to confess that I've never tried Korean food so this will be a treat. I'm also going by myself, which means I'll have to be social and introduce myself to strangers. Eek!
Last but not least, I just found out from a friend of mine that I might be able to see Gabrielle Hamilton speak about BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER, a book that I compared to the work of MFK Fisher. I'm so beyond excited...really, I can't even express it.
And this is my life. I can't believe it. And I can't thank you enough for letting me share my food, my drink, and my table with you!
Eat, drink, and cheers to you! I'll be paying it forward soon, I promise!
NOTE: It's not all fun and games. In the midst of trying to get my still-life shot, this kept happening: