Around this time last year, I was writing my first posts on this foodblog. I was enjoying my maternity leave, but needed to do something that would make me feel like I've achieved something at the end of the day... which nappy changes and baby feeding clearly didn't. So this is how I decided to dedicate more time to what I am really passionate about: food. Initially I dreamt about publishing a cook book. Until it became obvious that I had clearly forgotten what it means to have a tiny baby at home... was I really thinking I would be able to just put my feet up and suddenly have a 48 hours to kill per day and become incredibly bored after a week or so? Well, the reality was very different. But I was determined to do something.
When I researched a recipe for oeufs cocotte following a controversial online discussion in the food section of an Austrian newspaper, I came across weblogs. Foodblogs, to be precise. I started reading a few of them regularly and was hooked. A month later, I set up my own. Another three months down the line I received an email from someone who wanted to publish a selection of my recipes in a book. Would I be interested? Yessir! Of course!
And so, here it is. My first recipes in print format, apart from one which features in a Japanese course book for students of English (but that's another story). I am, of course, only a contributor - alongside 20 odd fellow bloggers around the world... 20 different kitchens, a lot of different nationalities, a selection of different styles, but a great book for sure. Some will intrigue you with their stories, some will bowl you over with their recipes. But it is definitely a good read.
Go on, you know you want it! Just do me the favour to buy it directly through this site rather than through amazon - buying directly from the source means that we don't have to pay a retail commission and might actually see some of the royalties hit our account... after divvying it up among all of us, that is, so it'll be a while before I move into a mansion somewhere in Monaco and drive around in a flash car - but every little helps, doesn't it?