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I just realized it’s been exactly a month since I’ve posted anything. We really haven’t gone out much, and when we have, it’s been to our usual spots. I don’t think anyone needs to see pics of Ocean and Sette Luna for the umpteenth time. Plus, the garden is still crankin’ out veggies so we’ve been cooking a lot trying not to let anything go to waste.

We did take our pup for a walk downtown on our Friday off and tried to grab lunch at the Third Street Café. I say “tried” because the owner informed us that the Health Department has been cracking down on the presence of dogs in outdoor seating areas. He apologized and recommended The Quadrant since they don’t seem to fear any sanctions. Seems pretty ludicrous to me. Between the car exhaust, birds, and probable sidewalk urine, our 13 lb. lapdog should be the least of the Health Department’s worries.

The main reason we went downtown was to drop off my entry for the Garlic Fest poster contest. The dropoff is supposedly in the PNC Bank on N. 3rd St, but the tellers had no idea what I was talking about. Five days before the deadline and no one else had dropped an entry off? That didn’t seem right, but I was sure I was following the dropoff instructions so I put my faith in the tellers to get my entry to the right person. I’ll just have to make sure my poster is hanging with the others at the festival this Saturday Oct 2nd. The winner will be announced at 3pm. Fingers crossed. (I’ll post my design here on Wednesday after the entry deadline.)

Got a copy of the cookbook last week and i think it turned out great! Here’s a shot of the final cover (which you won’t see on Amazon), a chapter opener and a recipe. The recipes are broken down into four seasonal chapters that correspond with the grape growing seasons and the fresh ingredients available in California wine country. It’ll make a great xmas gift – i know i’ll be giving them to any cooking-inclined family and friends.

Just got word that the cookbook I designed has finally been printed. I was nearly finished when i first mentioned it way back in March, but a last minute reordering of the recipes required that I turn the design over to Chronicle’s in-house team for finalization. We also had some difficulties getting an approval on the cover design. The cover on Amazon is one of the twenty-or-so i created, but I know it was further revised by Chronicle after i turned over the files. Regardless, it was a nice change of pace from packaging design, and i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy this week!

From the Amazon description:

Seasons in the Wine Country brings the flavors of the Napa Valley and the expertise of instructors at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone into your home with over 100 seasonal recipes. Beat the winter blues with a hearty helping of Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs with Swiss Chard and Orecchiette and distill the fresh flavors of spring with Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake with Rosewater and Strawberries. With simple step-by-step instructions from the world’s foremost culinary authorities including suggestions for wine pairings as well as primers on culinary techniques and equipment Seasons in the Wine Country is the ultimate resource for those who desire to live the good life and cook like master chefs!

No reviews from the weekend. I had so much work to do this week that I didn’t want to even leave the house this weekend – opted for hot dogs over the firepit and ribeyes, asparagus and fennel on the grill.

I spent every night, after my day job, making about a million editorial revisions to a cookbook i’m laying out for Chronicle Books. It’s the first book i’ve done and the process is way different from what i’m used to. Lots of waiting punctuated by flurries of activity. Thankfully, i think the hardest part is over. Can’t wait for hit to hit the shelves in the fall–the photography is beautiful and i’m really pleased with the design. I’ll provide more detail and links once the book is publicly announced.

I just migrated the blog over to WordPress. Figured I’d do it now before I got too cozy at blogspot. I just dug their templates, the typography and the admin capabilities more.

I settled on the name and decided on a simple rebus for the header. I’ve been infatuated with helvetica lately. Big helvetica. Rent the movie.

Honestly, I’m not even sure I’m settled on the name of this thing. Maybe a few days to absorb and i’ll know for sure. I think if i can come up with a decent idea for a masthead, that’ll seal the deal.
I have plenty to work with. The fork in the rivers, the cityscape, utensil imagery. Maybe a highway sign? I’m a branding/packaging designer so i’m gonna obsess over this thing for the next couple days probably.
I don’t know that i care too much about the rest of the page. I may tweak the colors and type some more, but overall the template is adequate. I’ve got better things to worry about. And if it ain’t broke, don’t waste your life noodling things like a control freak.

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    Like clockwork every summer, I decide that the only thing I want to eat, maybe forever because when it’s warm out I completely forget winter is coming (I’m sorry, I had to), are variations on tomato-cucumber salad. We did a world tour of these last year and it might take me another decade of Smitten Kitchen-ing but I will get to them all. Left to our own dev […]

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