APRIL TO JULY 2017
WINTER AND EARLY SPRING WERE VERY FULL, WITH IMMERSETHROUGH TRIPS IN NORTHERN THAILAND AND IN BURMA, THEN THE IACP CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE, WHICH WAS TERRIFIC (ESPECIALLY THE MEMOIR-WRITING WORKSHOP/PANEL).
And wonderfully, TASTE OF PERSIA won the category of books of food and travel.
I spent five days in NYC in late March talking about PERSIA in various ways and at various venues, including the 92nd Street Y. It was an intense week, for people were so engaged in making a connection to the region that there were lots of questions and rich discussions.
Now here’s an UPDATE for the rest of spring and into summer:
On Sunday April 23 I’ll be at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, chatting to people at a Q and A hosted by Ivy Knight in a series called Black Coffee & Pie. The subject is cookbooks: writing them, selling them, the landscape and the possibilities… It starts at 6 pm and all are welcome.
I’ll be in NYC next week for the James Beard Awards. TASTE OF PERSIA is nominated in the International category, a real honour. The other two nominated books are both about China: one by Fuchsia Dunlop and the other by Carolyn Phillips. Lovely to be in such company.
And while I’m in NYC, I’ll be on the Food52 live Facebook feed on the morning of Tuesday April 25th. It will stay posted on the Food52 FB site, so have a look.
In late May in Toronto I’ll be on a panel at the annual feast of food-talk and food-everything called TERROIR. It’s at the AGO this year, and the date is Monday May 29.
One of the pleasures of the year is the OXFORD FOOD SYMPOSIUM (more formally known as the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery). This year it takes place from Friday July 7 to the afternoon of Sunday July 9. I am looking forward to it, as always, for the chance to meet new people, to reconnect with old friends, and to be stimulated by presentations and conversations of all kinds. The theme this year is “Food and Landscape”. Here’s the link http://www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk/
In late July I’ll be at the annual GRAIN GATHERING in Mount Vernon Washington State (just south of the Canadian border, in the beautiful Skagit Valley). The gathering includes bakers, millers, brewers, oven-builders, distillers, farmers, and more and is wonderfully stimulating.
I’ll be doing a long session on beans and flatbreads, working with a tandoor oven, and in a team with Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s crackers.< There's a waiting list now for this year's conference. Here's the link: http://thebreadlab.wsu.edu/the-grain-gathering/