After a week of grey, Austin has reverted to its sunny, blue skies.
It seems like the New Year, the first day that I have not had looming deadlines in the past couple of years. Cuisine and Empire is out, the first push to promote is over, and we’re more or less settled in Austin.
I’m looking forward to moving on to new projects: a talk on wheat, one of my favorite subjects, for the Borlaug100 conference; another on cuisine and empire in the Pacific for a series on Asian and Pacific cuisines organized by Sam Yamashita at Pomona; and publishing the extraordinary story of how and why convent sweets swept the globe in the sixteenth century. I’m even beginning to dip my toe back into history of science.
And then I want to continue exploring the United States as an exotic land, take time to really make friends in Austin, hang pictures in my study, organize my library, and master the latest round of electronic gadgets , always such a mix of the frustrating and the satisfying.
Not to mention my blog. I have a backlog as long as my arm of ideas about food and food politics that either didn’t fit into Cuisine and Empire or that have occurred to me since I sent it off to the publisher. I can’t wait to bring the design up to date, fix some of the glitches, and post more regularly.