I'm heading to the Greenbrier Food Writer's Symposium today and very much look forward to it. I was there several years ago and was impressed by the interaction and caliber of the work that happens there. But at the time, the food writing world was as it had been more or less for a decade or longer. Internet and publishing technology have changed all that. So I'm most eager to hear how my colleagues view the changing order. For instance, I'll be on a panel with Bill Leblond who publishes Chronicle's cookbooks (highly respected in the industry) and he said, in a pre-symposium phone call about our panel,"When I was there last time, I wouldn't have been able to recommend self-publishing a cookbook; what I would say today would be much different."
I may use this (I didn't have a blog when I was last there!) to discuss issues and news specifically about the changing landscape of food writing and publishing throughout the week. My friend Russ Parsons, food editor of the LATimes and best-selling author, will be there. When he was last there, his newspaper didn't have a blog either, now it does: Daily Dish. Yet newspapers may be undercut by the emergence of blogs and are in the news from coast to coast in their struggle to survive diminishing ad revenue—I'm eager to hear what's going on in the world of an old school newpaperman and his take on it all. As I am interested in the magazine and book world. Have a look at the speakers and let me know areas you'd like me to report back on while I'm here at the symposium.
And by the way, those are in fact my measuring spoons, above—I make a fuss when I visit my mom's kitchen and all I can find are boutiquey porcelain ones. Use good standard metal measuring spoons!