UPDATE : Eating Rome launches on April 7. You can pre-order your copy here.
One of the reasons that I began this blog was to help publicize my last book. When I wrote Italian Rustic my publisher suggested that a blog (what was that?) would help sales. That, plus social media, was supposed to take the place of old fashioned advertising. Instead of a book tour there was Facebook, Twitter and something called Pinterest. Well, ok then.
While this blog may have started out covering topics related to that book, it’s turned into something completely different over the last 5 years. Not surprisingly food has turned out to be the main topic of discussion. Recipes, restaurants, meals, markets and just about any other food-related subject has managed to fill up over 700 entries. Yup, 730 to be exact. Most of which take place in the city I call home: Rome.
If my foray into the blogosphere was a way to deal with the changes in the wide world of publishing (i.e. people aren’t reading books any more) a funny thing happened along the way. Not only were a lot people reading my blog, but some of those people (book publishers to be exact) decided that, well, maybe this blog thing deserved to be a book thing.
So here it is: Eating Rome. Well, not the book quite yet (that’s coming in Spring 2015) but the cover. As it turns out one of my most loyal readers is an editor at St. Martin’s Press, and the fan letter he wrote to me 2 years ago contained the exciting proposal to transform the stories, recipes and advice that he first read on my blog into book. (thank you Michael!)
The book is now done and delivered (Yay!) and was a complete joy to write. The blog turned out to be just the starting point for a collection of stories, recipes, lists and tips that I’ve collected over the years I’ve spent eating my way through Rome. I’ll be telling you more about Eating Rome in the coming months leading up to the publication date. But for now I wanted to share the cover with you. Many thanks to Olga Grich for the gorgeous design.
I love it! I hope you do too.