A postcard from London – Book 9 of 1000 Recipes reporting!

by Jeanne on February 7, 2005

in Table scraps

Dear Santos and all at the 1000 Recipes project

Well, after my long trip in, frankly, a rather small and cramped brown envelope all the way from Guam, I have arrived safely on the doorstep of Cooksister here in London!  And I have to say that the weather leaves something to be desired – as an tropical island kind of book, I’m used to better!  Still, Cooksister has been a charming hostess and has taken very good care of me during my 2-week stay.  In fact, I’ve been having such a good time that I though you might like to see some of my holday snaps, so here goes.

During the week, Cooksister had to go to work and I was left to my own devices. However, I met a host of interesting books on her bookshelf – here is a pic of me with one of the most charming and informative:

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Over the weekends, though, Cooksister would tuck me into her backpack and take me sightseeing all over the place.  It was all a wonderful adventure, from my first trip on the Tube, to the art at the Tate Modern, to the splendour of St Pauls, the magic of the London Eye, hearing Big Ben chime and a spot of shopping at Canary Wharf  – what a day!

Recipebookunderground_1 Recipebooktate_1 Recipebookstpauls Recipebooklondoneye Recipebookwestminster Recipebookcanarywharf

And you know what else??  Last weekend Cooksister hosted a lunch in my honour!  She invited a bunch of her friends over and we had stuffed roast pork belly with roasted vegetables and a sticky toffee pudding!  I’ll have to have a word and ask her to write a post about it.  In the meanwhile, here’s a pic of me – the centre of attention at the lunch table!

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Sadly, all good things must come to an end and this week I will be winging my way to the US and on to Alison at Something So Clever.  But I’ll carry with me some of Cooksister’s recipes for the project.  And of course my memories of my holiday in London.

Best wishes to all the participants (both the books and the writers!)

Book 9 of the 1000 Recipes project

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santos February 8, 2005 at 3:06 am

oh, jeanne, that’s fantastic! how many tourists are there still wondering about the crazy leddy photographing a book around london?!
thank you SO much for entertaining the lot of us.

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Book1 February 8, 2005 at 7:48 am

Help! I’m trapped in Reid’s sock drawer.

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Jeanne February 8, 2005 at 11:10 am

Santos – that ain’t no lie!! I got some very peculiar looks, especially since I was on my own most of the time, holding the book in my left hand and the camera in my right and then holding my hands as far apart as possible to get the book and tha background reasonably in focus. Good thing my camera has a screen that swivels so you can see the screen even if the camera is pointing at you!! And thank heavens for PaintShop Pro so I coudl fix all those wonky horizons!! ;-)
Anthony – I dare you to host “Free Book 1 Fridays” on Spiceblog. NO, I double dare you!!

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Oliver February 8, 2005 at 11:45 am

Thank you for leaving me a note, Jeanne. I can’t wait to try the graphics generator you described. Now if I can just get Ronni off the computer long enough…

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AJ February 9, 2005 at 12:09 am

Shit yes! I am so excited!! :D

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redsaid February 9, 2005 at 7:27 am

Oh, CUTE! Does this mean that you are going to be a famous recipe writer soon? As long as you’ll autograph my copy and send me a sample of your contribution to the book. Okay, so I’m pushing it a bit with that last request, but it was worth a shot.
P.S. Off the subject: Are you aware of the South African Blog Awards? Check it out at http://sablogawards.typepad.com

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Jeanne February 9, 2005 at 10:19 am

Hi Oliver! You tell Ronni that developing young minds like yours need constant stimulation so you *need* to be on the PC. And besides, you really like mice…!
Hi Ali – It should be in the mail on Friday – I’ll drop you a line when it’s gone. Enjoy!!
Hi Red! Hmmm, famous food writer – I’d love that to be the description on my business cards! Will let you know if there’s any progress in my quest for world domination.
Re. the SA blog awards, a big YES – check out my post on it here http://cooksister.typepad.com/cook_sister/2005/02/never_mind_the_.html
Been there, seen that, made my nominations! Can’t wait to see the final list of nominees… Way to go SA bloggers!

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anthony February 9, 2005 at 12:31 pm

I triple dare you to walk around London taking pictures of a book! Oh too late. Alright then but Reid’s shut up shop for a month, he knows we’re onto him, maybe chika can break into his flat or something or it’s a sidebar campaign.

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ZarahMaria February 9, 2005 at 7:41 pm

LOL! Love that post!

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JMom February 9, 2005 at 9:50 pm

I envy book 9, for having such an entertaining hostess :) Wish I could have been tucked in it’s pages. Sounds like #9 had a great time.

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Jeanne February 12, 2005 at 7:10 pm

Anthony – hahaha. He who dares wins – amd so far I’m ahead on that score ;-)
Hi Zarah Maria – glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together! I hope this inspires some other recipients of the 100 Recipes books to do something similar for their books – that should be amusing!
Hi JMom – we certainly tried our best to keep Book#9 entertained… It’s always tricky with guests you don’t know very well ;-)

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