Sorry it’s been so long since an update! So much has happened since last summer. The response from my book, Bend Food, has been amazing. The restaurants and farmers were incredibly supportive. Many of the restaurants are kind enough to either display a copy of my book or sell books. Wow, my heart is full!
I spent last summer doing book events, interviews, and promotion. Certainly outside my comfort zone, but I did enjoy it. I loved talking about the people in my book and what they’re doing in our local community.
Last winter, I chose not to return working at Mt. Bachelor. It was bittersweet to not work there in the mountain community. I’ve worked there for five years and made many good friends.
My good friend, Karen Brodsky, suggested I apply at Roundabout Bookstore in NorthWest Crossing. I applied and scored the BEST JOB EVER! It’s so much fun, and I love working for a women owner. The job involves making lattes, book-selling, and crafting! I thought learning to pull espresso shots was going to be the hardest part, but it’s harder suggesting the right books for a customer. I’m reading about two books a week, and I feel like I’m always behind in what’s coming out, current titles, and such. I really enjoy chatting with customers!
Stop by and see me sometime!
Hi Y’all! It’s been forever since I’ve posted on here! I’ve been doing author events, hiking, working, and enjoying summer! Last summer was so smoke-filled…it seemed like we didn’t even have summer. I’m making up for it!
Here are a few highlights from the past few weeks:
- Author event at Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe. Rob Rastovich from Barley Beef and Spring Olson from Central Oregon Seed Exchange were the special guests, and it was a casual Q&A format. I learned so much from them…enough for another book!
- Hiking Tam McArthur Ridge to Broken Hand. What a gorgeous hike with Margarita, Gayla, and Michele.
- Hiking Canyon Creek Meadows up to the lake. Amazing wildlflowers!
- Local Author Night at Roundabout Bookshop. I was flattered to be included in such a talented group of writers! I really enjoyed listening to the other authors present.
- The Good Time Travelers at McMenamin’s! They are one of my favorite bands, and their set was wonderful.
Folks keep asking me how book sales are doing. I’m very pleased every time someone buys a book, writes a review on Amazon, pays me a compliment, or just even asks about the book. I do have several cases of books sitting on my shelf, so I’m hopeful book sales continue. Fingers crossed. As always, I’m happy to ship a book and/or deliver it (locally) with a homemade baked good!
Thank you so much for your support!
I survived my first TV interview a few weeks ago! My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful anchors at Central Oregon Daily for inviting me on their afternoon show. They were so friendly and provided warm hospitality. I’ve never been on TV, and the behind-the-scenes staff gave great tips. Ignore the cameras and just have a casual conversation!
Here’s the video clip:
Wahoo! Just finished my first book signing for Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens. Many thanks to all the folks who came by…it was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new people who support the local food community! I especially liked chatting with Meghan, a local gal who gave me a quick lesson on using Instagram. She filmed a story right then about picking up her food from Agricultural Connections and meeting me. So cool! And, now I’m on Instagram, but I need a lesson on using it.
Thanks to Central Oregon Locavore and Agricultural Connections for their kind support! I appreciate all the social media love!
Here are a few pictures from the event:
Michele, Sara, and Nora
Love my banner, created by Candace Weber
Next event: Sunday, July 1 at the High Desert Museum Bookshop at 12:30 p.m.
This book promotion is full of firsts for me. Yesterday, Lisa Sipe from The Source Weekly interviewed me, and it was so much fun! I was a little nervous about the questions, because I’ve never been interviewed about my books. We quickly bonded over food, favorite chefs, and cooking. The article will be available on Wednesday, June 20. Looking forward to reading it!
My heartfelt thanks for all of your kind support during this book publishing process! I appreciate the kind words. Also a huge thanks to Candace Weber! She made me cute bunting with a vegetable and farm animal theme. I’ll use it to decorate my book signing table.
A huge thank you to Cascade A&E magazine for highlighting Bend Food in their June issue! I picked up a copy at Bluebird Coffee Company and showed it to Delene, the owner. Wahoo! It’s the first mention in any media. Hopefully more to come!
Here’s the online link to check out:
Thanks again for your support! I appreciate YOU!
Hooray! I’m so excited to offer Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchen for pre-order. If you live out of town, the cost is $22 (includes shipping). If you’re local, the cost is $20, and I’ll deliver the book with a home-baked treat! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my address to send a check, or you can pay via Paypal.
I’ll receive a shipment of books from the publisher by June 25, so your copy will go right into the mail. I have envelopes ready to go!
Now, moving on to marketing and setting up book signing events! Thanks for your kind support!
Hooray! Just confirmed my first book signing event! I’m so thankful to Janet at Touchmark for being open to the event and welcoming an interactive format.
Here are the details:
Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
19800 SW Touchmark Way
Bend, OR 97702
I’m throwing around ideas for the format. Perhaps showing a slideshow of photos from farms, chefs, and food. Or inviting a farmer or chef to join me. They can bring samples of their goodies. It’s a busy time of the summer, so we’ll see how it goes.
Hope to confirm a few more events in the coming weeks. Thanks for your support!
Here’s a teaser from Bend Food:
A list of my favorite meals:
– The McIsley Biscuit Sandwich at Pine State Biscuits in Portland, Oregon—coarse-grain mustard, honey, pickles, juicy fried chicken on a homemade biscuit. Yep, it’s quite filling. I’ve eaten at every location, and I like the SE Division spot best.
• Chicken on a Bun at Craft Kitchen and Brewery in Bend, Oregon. The chicken is so juicy and flavorful. I don’t share any bites of this sandwich, and there’s no talking while I slowly eat it. I mentioned this sandwich to my hairdresser, Amy at Zen Beauty Den. She immediately gushed about the tasty sauce served on it. Bonding over food while chopping off eight inches of hair!
• Roast Grouper at Hank’s Seafood Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. Fresh seafood in this lovely town. Thanks to my parents for recommending this restaurant!
• Pork Belly Braised in Root Beer at Screendoor Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. I am so in love with this dish! I even wrote Bon Appetit magazine to ask Screen Door for its recipe for the “R.S.V.P.” section. No reply. Yet.
• Mochaccino Cake by Chef Sara Spudowski. Or her roasted potatoes; it’s really a toss-up. Everything she makes is fantastic. Chocolate chip cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes, profiteroles and more. I dearly miss our Allen & Petersen days!
It was hard to narrow down my favorite meals! My life revolves around food. If I’m not cooking, then I’m either meal planning, food shopping, or planning my next meal out. I met my friend, Michele for breakfast this morning. I heard the breakfast burritos at Market of Choice were fantastic. When we arrived, there were so many breakfast choices other than the burritos! I ended up with a egg cup (crunchy hashbrown patty topped with an egg and jalapenos, wrapped in bacon). Plus, I got a nice helping of the green chili breakfast enchiladas. Super spicy and good! I will return for a second helping for sure. Before we decided on Market of Choice, I researched a few other places, so I had options for her. It’s easy for me to go to the same breakfast places, so I push myself to try new places.
We had a nice leisurely breakfast upstairs, sipping lattes and catching up. Then, we walked around the store. I picked up trail mix, frozen blackberries (blackberry bread recipe is on tap next), and a HUGE apple fritter for Emil. Yes, I know blackberries aren’t in season, but I’m anxious to make this recipe and share with my co-workers.
Off to the kitchen!
Hi All! I’m deep into my last chance to revise the book. The publisher sent me a copy with the photos dropped in, and it’s so exciting to see them in place! I’ve read it line by line twice, using a ruler, so I hope I caught any glaring mistakes.
Next up is publicity and book signing events. Hoping to do at least three events around town in July.
Below is the cover:
Here’s the link on Amazon:
I’ll keep you posted on confirmed events. Thanks for your support!