Wednesday is traditionally when U.S. food news come out in print media. I usually scan all major newspapers and today, I ended up on Slate.com because they released their food issue. There was lots to read and in one article, I saw my name and work. What a lovely surprise!
Slate.com: "The Recipe Detectives — These cookbook authors bring foreign food cultures to life" by Sara Dickerman presented a bevy of authors whom I've long admired. It was great to see their work recognized so nicely. When I clicked on page 2 — whoa! — there was my name and cookbook listed under Vietnam. Sara compared the authors cited to Alan Lomax, a renowned American folklorist. I happen to know his niece, anthropologist Naomi Bishop, so the degrees of separation are even smaller. That made for an even bigger surprise.
I also checked my Google alerts on Vietnamese food and found this posting from Gourmet.com that also mentioned my work:
Gourmet.com: "The Vietnamese Frappucino"
by Matthew Amster-Burton reminded me of the conversation that he and I
had about blenders in Vietnam. He referenced our exchange and the book.
How cool is all this? Totally cool. I'm extremely honored and flattered. If I gambled, I'd go to Vegas.