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Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us

I’ve got some exciting news today…my writing has been published in an anthology!

How did it happen?  I submitted a post to BlogHer (a blogging and social media network for women) for their latest collection of stories centered around food, traditions, and memories.  I’m super proud to say the e-book, “Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us”  is available today!


According to the press release, “Roots is an exploration of food’s rich interconnection with culture, memory and discovery, and includes writings from 36 different personalities and cookbook authors from the culinary blogosphere, selected from hundreds of submissions. The anthology’s deeply personal essays serve up family history, local lore and tantalizing stories of worlds newly discovered through food, accompanied by original photography…

Oftentimes my favorite parts of cookbooks are the authors little anecdotes before a recipe.  I love a good food story or discovering the history behind a dish.  This anthology is chock full of them and I can’t wait to read the other essays.

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for parties, horse racing, family, traditions, and good times–not necessarily in that order.

My short story is all about our tradition of hosting a Kentucky Derby party and serving an incredible southern stew called “burgoo”.

Burgoo is really something to behold.  The story is all about this crazy recipe that would have anyone running for the hills due to its several pages and countless ingredients but we spend a day making it once a year because the finished pot might be the best thing I’ve ever tasted.


The party and the food hold deep meaning for my family and I.  Even though we live in the Midwest and spend our summers thawing out from frigid winters, that day connects us to our true roots in the south where my grandmother was born.  For a short time we get to be southern belles in big hats, sipping on juleps, and relishing in a bowl of burgoo while cheering on the best thoroughbreds in racing.


If you’re interested in downloading the e-book, here are some links to purchase it:

Whether you scoop up the e-book or follow my blog, thank you for coming along and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.  It’s been a fun journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it ends up next!

In the interest of full disclosure, I was paid for my essay and photography by BlogHer once I was selected, but I don’t receive any proceeds from the sale of copies of the e-book.  I’ve still got my day job 🙂

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Writer of recipes. Storyteller with a food twist. Sarcasm/humor served on the side.

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