Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone!  It is time to catch up after an almost two-month hiatus.  If you haven’t guessed by now, my wife, Fran, is the technology person in the home.  Since she was busy with music programs and preparing for various members of our family coming to visit over a three week period, there were no posts.  A lot has been going on since you last heard from me (us).

I have entered two cookbook contests: the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in the “First Book: Julia Child Award” category, which is the first cookbook by a writer who has not previously authored or coauthored a food or beverage related book.  The second is the James Beard Book Awards.  I had originally entered Clark Street Whole Foods Baking in the “Health and Special Diets” category, but I received an email from the committee stating that they moved it to the “Baking and Desserts” category after careful review.  Both of these contests had between 300-500 submissions last year, so the competition is fierce.

But–the entry process was not without its tense moments.  It seems that the six books needed for the James Beard contest never made it to their destination according to the tracking service by the post office.  It was a good thing that Fran had been checking.  A search request was filed on November 22 and noted by the USPS.  We waited until the week before the deadline of December 15, then sent six more books by FedEx, which did make it with a few days to spare.  The post office did send an email on December 21 telling us that the package has not been recovered but every effort is being made to locate it.  Fran thinks that the books were delivered to an outfit in Michigan since “new” cookbooks were being sold on Ebay a few weeks ago–but that is her theory, not a fact (but probably true).

Until next time…


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