I suppose that many food writers and bloggers dream of writing a cookbook. I wasn’t one of them … until this summer.
If you’ve been reading for a few months, you’re familiar with the Clara Project. An interesting series of events unfolded last July and August, as the Cincinnati Enquirer published a story of the Clara Project (and a few of these treasured vintage recipes); subsequently, I connected with Clara’s daughter, Jan, then had a delightful meeting with the two of them. A bit of social media buzz around the project sparked some discussion of a cookbook … but then it fizzled.
I’ll confess that I was relieved. Writing a cookbook is a massive undertaking: developing testing and preparing 150 recipes in a home kitchen is an all-consuming process. (Not to mention the food costs!)
And then, the perfect opportunity presented itself: a cookbook focused on Cincinnati’s wonderful Findlay Market. Over the next 6 months, I’ll be working with Karen Kahle of Findlay Market, photographer Julie Kramer (my Edible Ohio Valley colleague) and Michael Turback of Farm Fresh Books to create “The Findlay Market Cookbook.” The book is the third in Farm Fresh Books’ emerging series of market-centered cookbooks (see the first, “The Ithaca Farmers’ Market Cookbook,” below).
Slated to be published this October, the book will celebrate local food in Cincinnati as it’s best represented by the market. We’ll be telling stories of farmers and vendors, and sharing recipes from them (as well as from chefs around the city). You can read more about the Findlay Market Cookbook in this article on CityBeat.
I’m beyond excited about the project, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey. Along the way, I’ll share a few preview recipes and updates on the cookbook as we progress toward publication in the fall.