Dear Sandychatter friends,
And I really do think of all of you as my friends. It’s such a thrill when something I write strikes a chord somewhere and someone writes to me–recently a message from New Zealand! I’ve also heard from someone who enjoyed reading about eating meals on trains (Dinner On The Diner) (to differentiate from Dinner IN the Diner which was about the rise and almolst-fall of diners throughout the USA). A reader named Betsy wrote to share what it was like riding a train – and eating meals on it when she was traveling
in Europe. It sounds so glamorous to me! The best I can do right now is our little collection of trains; one is a Lionel, several are battery operated with large cars, bought when my grandchildren were toddlers.
I am writing now to share my plans for the blog in 2011. Look for more recipes – these seems to draw a lot of readers. I thought I would do another collection of make ahead recipes and I have been thinking about my favorite brunch recipes. I have cookbooks on just about every subject so if there is something you would like to see, please write! I’d love to hear from you!
I’d like to share more cookbook reviews with you, books from my own collection, both old and new but whenever possible I will do some internet searching to see if the older books can still be found. Generally I can find almost any book on Amazon. I’d like to share more of my favorite cookbook authors from long ago with you because some of them are almost forgotten today–and they don’t deserve to be forgotten! If you are a beginner cookbook collector, maybe you will find some inspiration in the kind of articles I write about cookbook collecting. We have no idea how many cookbooks I have today – somewhere between five and ten thousand is my best guess. It was a mammoth undertaking moving in 2008 from a house of 3000 square feet (and a lot of wall space for all the bookcases) to a smaller house of 1500 square feet. Last summer, Bob (my significant other) built a library in the garage which holds most of our fiction, all of the biographies and autobiographies – and a couple of bookcases full of cookbooks. Most of the cookbooks are housed on shelves inside the house (no small feat when we were moving in). I packed over 600 boxes getting us moved and move of those were books. We rented a storage unit and my son moved everything on weekends, to the storage unit, until we were ready to make the final move on Thanksgiving weekend in 2008. I couldnt have done all of this without all of his help, and help packing books (and other stuff) from my daughter in law and a girlfriend. We had been in our old house for 19 years and had collected everything under the sun that someone else didnt want anymore.
Not quite packrats but maybe getting close.
Well, I wanted to just let sandychatter blog readers and subscribers know what to look forward to in 2011.