“Any one who spent the winter of 1964 in Seoul would probably remember those wine shops that appeared on the streets at nightfall – the shops that sold hotchpotch, roasted sparrows and three kinds of wine, where the curtain you lifted to step in was flapping in a bitter wind that swept the frozen streets, where the flame of a carbide lamp inside fluttered in the gusts, and where a middle-aged man in a dyed army jacket poured wine and roasted snacks for you.” link
Photo by J Alan
I’m writing another book. It’s about Korea. Specifically, it’s about regional Korean food, the people who cook it and where they cook it.
I have a plan of where I want to go, what I want to write about, and a long list of contacts whom I’d like to talk to. That is the skeleton. However, I hope and expect that most of what ends up in the book will come from the realm of the unplanned.
Importantly, this will be a book with food in it – lots of food – but it won’t be a ‘food book’. There won’t be any recipes. There
probably won’t be any kimchi chocolate. There might be some food photography. There will be a series of sketches. I’ll be blogging book related stuff at Project K.
If you have tips, want to connect, meet in Korea, or in any other way drop Korean food related hints my way, do please email – graham at noodlepie dot com – or tweet me.
I popped along to the Post Office in downtown Dakar last Friday. It’s nearly 20 km away from where we live. Dakar is huge.
The signed contract for my second book should be with the publisher in New York later today. A year and a half ago, I sent my first ever book contract from downtown Kigali.
I hope there’ll be many more of these to sign in the future.
My second book contract arrived this morning. It’s 19 pages long. It’s with a big publishing house. I sign it today. By this time next year, I will have written a total of three books. Back when I was a reporter, I never imagined writing even one book. So, you know, that’s really rather good news.
Photo of Dakar under sand by me.