a worldwide “foodie”

October 25, 2010

It appears that, as I get older, all of my largely unadulterated joy is tinged with that bittersweet flavour of things-that-were-not-to-be.

(I’d best clarify that in saying this, I’m not claiming to be “old” by any means. I’ve still got a good ten or fifteen years in me before that happens!)

But still.

It was with great anticipation, and a good fistful of trepidation, that I tore open the paper wrapping that contained my advance copy of “Foodies of the World”. I’d been published, or at least, some of my rambling recollections and accompanying photographs had been.

Four, thick, textured pages of onebitemore in a real live book. With real live binding and real live pages to turn. In colour! And with edits so thorough I almost withdrew consent for fear of being portrayed as a total git. But didn’t.

(I really hope I don’t come across as a git. Well, not any more than usual.)

Yes, there’s been some bad press among bloggers who were approached for, but chose not to contribute to this book. And that’s fine. To each their own – and to all the right to permit uses of their self-created intellectual property. As for me, I considered my legal rights, did some quick calculations, and decided to jump in.

I’m glad I did.

It’s a beautiful book filled with heart warming stories, delicious photography and the wide variety in recipes that can only be found in the amalgamation of thought from fifty unique individuals.

And, best of all, it contains my recipe for a delightful honey and lavender cake.

It seems fitting that I write about this cake again today, a year after I placed it under a glass cake dome just in case a tall, floppy brown haired boy deigned to stop by after dinner for a chat. It was serendipitous, I guess, that we’d stumbled across a terrible dessert platter and had an excuse to do so.

A year on, I remember that night as vividly as it was yesterday. The shirt he wore, the awkward smiles. The unbridled joy in the grin that spread across his face as he stood in my door frame. A kiss on the cheek goodnight. Butterflies. Everywhere.

And now, that moment, that recipe, that cake is immortalised on paper. And I couldn’t be more pleased.

If you’d like to buy a copy of “Foodies of the World”, I’d appreciate you clicking on the linked button below.

I get a commission from each book sold from the link, or if you’re in the Sydney area, I also have a boxful of book hanging out in my room that can be picked up from me in the city on weekdays. Send me an email at shez @ onebitemore.com if you’re interested 🙂

And if you’d like to make that memorable cake, you can check out the original blog post here.