324 Days ‘Til Cookbook Deadline: The Introduction’s Done

| November 12, 2010 | 4 Comments

Yesterday we managed to cross our first significant piece of writing for the cookbook off the list. Charles and I completed writing the introduction to Savor the Taste of Oregon.

We figured that the publisher would want this first so they could draw information from it to generate marketing material for the book.

Also, we delivered a DVD sampling of our food and landscape photographs to one of their editors.

Unlike most cookbooks where the authors focus on the writing and not the photography, we’re hoping to do both, with the understanding that during the collaborative editing process, if we both agree that some of our photos aren’t working, Arnica would hire a photographer to step in and take those shots.

So we’re anxiously waiting to hear back from the pros on whether or not the sample photos we gave them are good enough.

We’re also anxiously waiting to get feedback on our introduction. Charles wrote most of it. I helped with the portion on our bios and the ending of the introduction. And thanks to our friend and copy editor, Jenny Meadows, for giving it a once-over and providing us with useful questions and feedback.

I’ve begun writing the chapter on lakes, streams and the ocean. Charles has begun writing the chapters on distilleries and on the Willamette Valley. When each subsequent chapter is completed, we’ll send them to Arnica, along with the recipes for the chapter. We’ll wait to take food photos for the book until later in the process to see if Arnica can generate some partnerships for product placement from appropriate Oregon wineries, brewers and distillers, and food vendors.

Charles recently attended a distillery conference in Portland and visited Distillery Row to network with people, promote the book, and do some research. I told him to pace himself during the tour and the conference. He was looking forward to tasting all that liquor. Tough job, huh?

— Vic and Charles


Category: Cookbook Project

About the Author (Author Profile)

Victor Panichkul is a journalist and writer by training; a cook, wine lover and photographer by passion; and a lover of the outdoors since moving to Oregon more than 6 years ago. He is a native of Bangkok, Thailand. Music, food and photography are at the center of Charles’ life. He performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera and was assistant principal bassoonist with the Fort Worth Symphony for more than 20 years. When Charles and Victor moved to Baltimore, Charles created Lone Star Personal Chef and Catering Service and taught cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. Now in Salem, Charles is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Mountain West Real Estate, taught cooking classes for children at the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and owns and operates Charles Price Photography. Charles and Vic enjoy entertaining and frequently host dinners as fundraisers for local non-profits and charities

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  1. Ginny Renaud says:

    I anxiously await this book like the next Richard Paul Evans novel each year, my favorite author. The bonus to yours will be the great recipes and a trip back to Oregon thru photos. Keep rolling on this masterpiece. You are going to be famous. What will the subject of your second book be? 🙂

  2. Kathy Whittam says:

    I am so proud of the two of you! I have every faith that this will be a succesful venture, because of the success of your blog. I can’t wait to brag to people that I am your friend!

  3. Mel Wagner says:

    Victor-I’m so excited for both of you. I talked with Charles in person a couple of days ago, but haven’t had a chance to tell you how proud I am of both of you, and how excited I am to buy my copy and have it autographed!!

  4. Victor says:

    Thanks for your encouragement Ginny. Maybe the second book will be more about oregon wineries and beer brewers and offering recipes. Who knows, the possibilities are endless..send suggestions now!

    Kathy and Mel, thanks! We’ll make sure to autograph your copies of the book!

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