Another piece of mine on The Guardian blog,
Increasingly I get sent books because of my blog. Whether publishers
think it’s hip to connect with the blog crowd or whether they’re just
looking to buy a large jar of Google juice, or both, I dunno.
If the book sounds interesting, I usually accept the offer. There’s
always a hint, sometimes strong, sometimes weak, but always an
unmistakable hint of "and it would be so cool if you blogged about it,
but, you know, whatever …".
I’ll be totally honest and say that whenever I have accepted the
offer of a book, I have had absolutely no intention – zero – of
blogging about it. And I never have. More often, I end up flicking
through it in front of the TV, putting it aside five minutes later and
forgetting about it.
And I expected to do exactly that when a preview copy of Trevor White’s Kitchen Con arrived four days ago. But after I opened it on Tuesday, I couldn’t put the thing down.
Enter the debate on opening up newspaper food reviews to the public here.