Howdy all! I’ve had a rather trying afternoon. In the past two days, not only have I started my marvelous blog, but I’ve also attempted to change Internet providers, sign up for gmail, and continue checking whatever’s on the old Internet service. So it goes.
In any event, I wanted to mention a wonderful program I attended yesterday (Weds. 4/22/2009). It really has nothing to do with historic cookery, but I want to share it anyway. I attended one of the Beard Foundation’s “Beard on Books” sessions. Irena Chalmers spoke. She’s just published a book entitled “Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers.” [see www.foodjobsbook.com for more info] Irena, who’s an adorable little white-haired British woman, gave an informative talk. Much of what she said can be applied to any career in any field. She spoke of knowing what you want to do and getting out there and doing it. Narrow your options and focus on where you want to go (kinda like blogging, ay?!). Find your niche by being creative as to how to utilize your skills and talents in unique ways. For instance, she talked of food writing…don’t go to Gourmet or other magazines; they have their own people. No, look at others, ones that don’t currently have a food column. Anyway, I found it very inspirational. I’m glad I went! BTW these “Beard on Books” are held monthly, and there are some fantastic authors lined up for future sessions. I trust many of you know about it and have attended one or two. For those who don’t, I hope you’ll attend one soon. It’s a great learning and networking tool.
Now, on to historical open-fire cooking!