Friday, April 11, 2008

What now?

After the heady experience of the Olive article and the Business of Food publication, I feel empty because the "pipeline" is empty. I miss having something on the horizon. In many ways both of these opportunities fell into my lap, now I need to build on them.

I have some ideas based on my trip to China, maybe I can work up some proposals and find time to follow up and through. (You can read more about my trip to China at Blog Appetit.)

I do want to go ahead with larger projects, too. But, sigh, time only seems to get away from me. I know I need to be more discplined.

I am writing a monthly food column for my congregation. You can read the latest month at the synagogue's website.

I am still writing (a little more sporadically than before) for Well Fed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm in a Magazine -- Read All About It

A few months ago a reader of my main blog, Blog Appetit, left me a comment to get in touch. She enjoyed my blog and wondered if I would like to write for a British food magazine. The result is in this month's issue of Olive Magazine, a food magazine published by the BBC.

Olive is available in the U.S., and it is one of my favorite reads, especially for its food travel articles. You can read more about my affection for British food magazines here. You can find Olive in the magazine sections of some larger chain and independent book stores.

The above is a photograph of the pdf I was sent. I participated in a series called "Eat Like a Local" and contributed the write up of my memories of cioppino, the recipe and and photos of the dish and San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. (My son took the photo of me buying the crab.) My article appears on page 111 of the January 2008 issue. (The January issue should still be available here in the States, although the website now features the February issue.)

It was a learning experience having to convert recipe measurements to metric and required some retesting to make sure everything would turn out okay. There were just a few minor word and recipe changes, for example the quantity of the chopped fennel fronds. I had specified 1 tsp. Olive's version advised readers to reserve the all fronds from the fennel and use them without giving a measurement. I'm hoping fennel is sold with very little frond attached in Great Britain!

It was also a learning experience to develop the recipe, writing and photos and send them off and not have final control over them. Everything had to be clear without being in the context of a personal blog. I had some severe word limitations, even for the recipe, and worked hard to make it all work within that context.

Many bloggers have that day dream of someone reading their posts and offering them a chance to write for a wider audience. Mine came true thanks to Olive Magazine.

Olive does not have a link to my recipe, however my Provencal Fish Soup offers some of the same tastes.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Diagnosis is In

Re the below, it was lust.
I'm back to working on my original ideas and am committing to developing a new recipe every week for it. So far I have one keeper and one toss, but it is a more organized approach than I've been taking.

I'm still in love with my other idea, I'm just not IN LOVE, if you know what I mean.

I am also anxiously awaiting my magazine article.