Posted 04 May 2003 - 01:00 PM
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Posted 06 May 2003 - 11:03 AM
Thanks for your interest! If I had to choose favorites (and it's like favoring one child over another - not nice and not fair, but here goes) - I'd have to say it would be my New England Cookbook (Harvard Common, 1999) and this new Clam Shack book (Storey, 2003). After writing the Every-Night Cooking column in Bon Appetit for about 12 years, Melanie Barnard and I have developed something of a specialty in quick main courses (30 minutes or less), and that's a fun challenge, but my heart belongs to New England.
Book topics get chosen all kinds of ways - an author can have an idea, his/her agent can think of something or hear of something that the author might like to do, or publisher can come up with a subject that they think would be marketable. In that case, the'd try to match it with the right writer.
Posted 06 May 2003 - 02:27 PM
I enjoy regional cookbooks very much and think that they serve an essential purpose in preserving an area's history, culture, and heritage, so I am glad that your two favorites are the ones that seem to do that.