About a month or so ago, I was contacted by Hope Yancey, a freelance writer who contributes to the online version of Our State magazine. If you’re in North Carolina, then you recognize the magazine as a great resource to highlight amazing getaways—vacations or day trips, restaurants, recipes and just about everything appealing in North Carolina.
Until recently, I didn’t realize they had a column that highlighted local cookbooks!
Our State magazine also has an online presence with an “Our State Eats Blog”—that’s where Hope comes into the picture. She was interested in doing a story on Betty Feezor and people who collect vintage cookbooks. I was tickled pink that she found me, so we arranged to meet for a quick meeting.
I took the day off from work and I put together an interesting mix of cookbooks from my collection. I brought Betty, of course, (actually, I brought two Bettys & some original mimeographed recipes used on the show that would be mailed out upon request), The Old North State Cook Book (an old Junior League of Charlotte from the 1940’s), two Moravian church cookbooks (Joyful Seasonings from New Beginnings Moravian Church and Little Church on the Lane’s classic cookbook) and The Carolina Housewife (the one I got on eBay from the antique bookseller in the U.K.). All I need to do is to get to the interview on time.
Now, trying to get to that meeting? A total disaster on my part. The GPS took the address I typed in for the Starbucks and converted it into something completely different. I arrived a few minutes ahead of time—only I arrived to a parking lot of that was not a Starbucks. And I have absolutely no clue on how to get to the address I typed in. I’m just not familiar with the area and my noggin wasn’t working on using my smartphone to find addresses of nearby restaurants.
After a few calls, we decided to meet at a restaurant that was in the middle. We had a nice long conversation about cookbooks and Betty. I hoped that I sounded intelligent—but I can never guarantee that!
A few weeks later, she emailed to tell me the story had been posted online! It took a few days, but I saw a nice bump in page views. If you have come to my site via that Our State Eats Blog article, thanks for checking out the site. If you’ve been coming here since my Bob & Sheri days, then thanks for coming along for the ride—and here’s a link to the article: http://bit.ly/14LdcvB