Saturday, August 22, 2009

Baby Steps

Things are moving along so nicely and I am overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of everyone I've approached about this project. As excited as I was when I first thought about doing this, it's nothing compared with the way I feel now. The looks on people's faces when I tell them about it and the speed with which total strangers reply to my "cold call" emails amazes me and leaves me so grateful and very humbled. I am shy, and the conversations I've been having and the requests I've been making do not come easily to me. But I'm quickly learning that the community I'm writing about is even warmer, more enthusiastic, and healthier than I ever dreamed possible.

So what's the project, exactly?

I'm so glad you asked! I'm writing a cookbook about Washington (state, that is) food artisans. Each chapter will highlight an ingredient or type of ingredient, and then I'll tell the story of one or two producers or farmers or artisans. The stories will be followed by recipes contributed by local chefs.

As I make contact with the producers and the contributing chefs, I'll try to post progress reports. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic concept! If you need any help finding great producers, give us a shout! For example, the Monteillets of Dayton are wheat-farmers turned cheese-makers, with a great story and superb product, selling at our market and to many local restaurants.
    qafarmersmarket (at symbol) gmail (dot) com