Breaking News:  My Edible Secret

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Dear readers, I’ve been keeping a secret from you.  I really didn’t want to, but this exciting thing happened to me a few months ago and I didn’t want to jinx it. So, I kept it to myself until I knew it was a sure thing.  The time has finally come, however, when I can tell you about it.  A brand new food magazine is being launched in my area this week…and I’m one of the contributors! Squeeee! It’s true! And, it’s not just any old food magazine either.  It’s called Edible Sarasota and is part of the Edible Communities franchise.

How did this happen?  Well, believe or not, it all started with Facebook.  One day back in September, an update by one of my FB friends appeared on my wall saying that she was now friends with Edible Sarasota.  Edible Sarasota?  I was already familiar with the Edible Communities group of magazines. I’d read them online and picked up hard copies whenever I was traveling in another city and saw one.  But, I’d never seen or heard of an Edible from Sarasota.  Hmmm.  I wanted to know more, so I friended them too.

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From there, I saw that Edible Sarasota was also on Twitter, so I followed them.  A few weeks later, I saw one of their tweets that said they were looking for freelance writers.  Paydirt! I emailed the editor and introduced myself, leaving links to SGCC and my pages on Creative Loafing.   A few days later, we were having coffee in a cute downtown cafe and the deal was sealed!

Really?!

My first assignment was a feature article on the Hazan family. Yup, you read that right. I was to write about THE Hazans, as in Marcella Hazan, son Giuliano, their spouses and Giuliano’s adorable daughters.  Wow!  I was sooooo excited and a nervous wreck at the same time.  I usually write about food, not real live people – especially not people who are living legends!  Food doesn’t have feelings or opinions.  Food doesn’t talk back to you.  (Okay, maybe I have had a crème brulee or two whisper in my ear on occasion, but that’s it. I swear!) You can’t inadvertently misquote food, pissing it off. And, you can’t offend food by writing something about it that it doesn’t like.   See where I’m going with this?  Intimidated as I was, I was also very proud and flattered that such an important piece was entrusted to me.

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In preparation, I spent countless hours researching the Hazans, both online and by reading their books.  I got a lot of insight by reading Marcella Hazan’s memoirs, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers, as well as the commentaries in hers and Giuliano’s cookbooks.  With the background information under my belt, I was ready for some live interviews.  I was invited to join the family one glorious Sunday afternoon as they gathered to celebrate Papa Victor Hazan’s 81st birthday.

Let me tell you, people, I was scared!  Marcella Hazan doesn’t suffer fools well.  I’d read that she is notorious for biting the heads off of unwitting reporters, students and the like who ask stupid questions.  I said a rosary before I went over there, praying that I would sound reasonably articulate and not blather on like an idiot in the wake of her greatness!  Fortunately, her daughter-in-law and Giuliano’s wife, Lael, has become a friend of mine, and she somewhat set my mind at ease.  I needn’t have worried, though.  Everyone, from oldest to youngest, including Marcella, was gracious and charming.  They couldn’t have been nicer or more cooperative!

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The next few weeks were spent writing, and rewriting, and rewriting and rewriting the article.  (Did I mention that I am a perfectionist?)  I must have reworked that piece half a dozen times before I felt I could let it go!  In fact, my editor had to practically pry it out of my clenched fingers to make the deadline!

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The feedback I got from the editorial staff was very positive.  (They like me!  They REALLY like me!) I could not wait to see the final product!  Unfortunately, I would have to wait another month for that.  The magazine is set to launch this Friday, January 15.

My plan was to not say anything to you about this until after Edible Sarasota hit the stands.  I kept imagining all sorts of scenarios where my article didn’t make it into the magazine. (Um…like the editor’s dog ate the only copy, or the article actually sucked, or I was on Candid Camera and the whole thing was a big joke.) I couldn’t bear the thought of telling you about it and then having to take it back.

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Well, the first shipment was delivered this past weekend.  As soon as I got my grubby little paws on a copy I tore through it to find my article.  There it was on page 31- my very own byline in a real, honest-to-goodness print magazine with real pages that you can touch and feel and turn!  I am over the moon!  Once I calmed down, I read through the rest of the articles too.  It truly is a beautiful magazine!

My editor told me that she thought my piece turned out great and that she has already received several compliments on it.  Whew! We’re also talking about what my assignment will be for the next issue. Woo hoo! But, I’m not quite through with those rosary beads yet.  I’ll be seeing the Hazans at the launch party on Friday night and will find out if they gave my article a thumbs up or a dreaded thumbs down.  I only hope that I don’t get pelted with any rotten San Marzano tomatoes! ;)

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66 responses to Breaking News:  My Edible Secret

  1. On January 13, 2010 at 10:09am, Maria said...

    Congratulations! That is great news. They picked the right person:)

  2. On January 13, 2010 at 10:10am, Amy S said...

    Oh wow!! That’s very exciting! Congrats!

  3. On January 13, 2010 at 10:10am, City Girl said...

    Susan, CONGRATULATIONS :) I am SO happy for you :)

  4. On January 13, 2010 at 10:14am, Eliana said...

    This is such wonderful news. Congratulations Susan :)

  5. On January 13, 2010 at 10:25am, Tangled Noodle said...

    Congratulations, Susan! Such wonderful news and a spectacular start to the new year! Will this article be available online so that we may read it?

  6. On January 13, 2010 at 10:43am, Elle said...

    Susan, that’s wonderful! Congratulations to you! And what a huge first assignment, right? Great job!

  7. On January 13, 2010 at 11:08am, Wandering Chopsticks said...

    That’s great news. Congratulations!

    What a plum first assignment. I’d be biting my nails too, but wow! Marcella Hazan!

  8. On January 13, 2010 at 11:23am, patsy said...

    Congratulations! That is truly exciting and I hope the article will be available on-line so I can read it, too!

  9. On January 13, 2010 at 11:39am, nina said...

    That is so fantastic Susan and at the same time it gives me hope that I must just keep at it, I will find that little freelance job somewhere or rather it will find me!!!!Well done my !!!!

    • On January 13, 2010 at 11:43am, Susan said...

      Don’t give up, Nina! If I can do it, you can too. Good things happen to people who wait. :)

  10. On January 13, 2010 at 11:45am, susan from food blogga said...

    Yay! That’s absolutely fabulous, Susan! It’s just the beginning of more exciting opportunities. Here’s to a delicious 2010!

  11. On January 13, 2010 at 11:45am, Susan said...

    Thank you all so much for your good wishes! I’m very excited about this new path in my life. :D

    The articles aren’t online yet, but as far as I know, they will be. I’ll keep you posted.

  12. On January 13, 2010 at 11:48am, sarah @ syrupandhoney said...

    Wow congratulations!

  13. On January 13, 2010 at 12:14pm, Krystle said...

    Oh wow! Thats amazing! Congratulations!

  14. On January 13, 2010 at 12:20pm, tia said...

    so totally awesome!

  15. On January 13, 2010 at 12:24pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    That’s so awesome. What an incredible stroke of luck and what a great opportunity to be in the presence of that family. Congratulations and I can’t wait to hear more about your writing adventures.

  16. On January 13, 2010 at 12:34pm, noble pig said...

    Congrats, that is so, so fabulous for you!!! The Hazans, OMG!

  17. On January 13, 2010 at 12:46pm, Lucy said...

    Congratulations! This is so exciting for you – I know your articles will always be a true pleasure to read!

  18. On January 13, 2010 at 12:48pm, Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

    Congratulations Susan!! How exciting for you! I can’t wait to read the article!

  19. On January 13, 2010 at 1:56pm, shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    Congrats! Such an exciting new venture…all thanks to facebook! Too great!

  20. On January 13, 2010 at 2:09pm, Lys said...

    CONGRATS Susan!!! Arg – now I’m not in Florida anymore, finding a copy would be hard here in Philly. Guess I’m going to have to get a subscription :)

    • On January 14, 2010 at 4:14pm, Susan said...

      I think the articles will be available online at some point. Email me your snail mail address & I’ll send you a copy. :)

  21. On January 13, 2010 at 2:40pm, Karen said...

    That is so exciting for you! I bet this will open up a whole host of wonderful opportunities to try new things and meet new people.

    Congrats and happy writing!

  22. On January 13, 2010 at 3:04pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    CONGRATS, Susan!!!!

  23. On January 13, 2010 at 3:16pm, Peter said...

    Fabulous, fantastic and wonderful news! I’m delighted for your good fortune! Feed them well!

  24. On January 13, 2010 at 3:37pm, Kirsten said...

    CONGRATULATIONS! Both to you and for the new Edible Sarasota! I think the Edible Communities series are just fabulous and I am always so excited to see another one! And I’m so jealous you got to meet let alone interview Marcella Hazan!Her cookbook was my first ever! WOW! So exciting! Big Congratulations!

  25. On January 13, 2010 at 4:19pm, Ginny said...

    Awesome! How exciting! :) Congrats!

  26. On January 13, 2010 at 5:21pm, Cakelaw said...

    Congrats Susan. Sounds like a great gig.

  27. On January 13, 2010 at 5:40pm, Rosa said...

    Congrats! That’s great!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  28. On January 13, 2010 at 6:05pm, bellini valli said...

    Congratulations Susan..that is too darn exciting for words.

  29. On January 13, 2010 at 6:42pm, megan said...

    That is too cool. Congratulations!

  30. On January 13, 2010 at 7:58pm, Natasha - 5 star foodie said...

    Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity!

  31. On January 13, 2010 at 8:02pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    What exciting news! You must feel like a million bucks!
    Congratulations – please let us know when it’ll be online so we can all read it.

    • On January 14, 2010 at 4:15pm, Susan said...

      A million and a half! Thanks! :D

  32. On January 13, 2010 at 10:40pm, heidileon said...

    Big congratulations Susan!. I’m sure this is the beginning of a very promising professional writing career (besides blogging). Well, done.

    that Rosary worked! :-D

  33. On January 14, 2010 at 5:05am, Coleen said...

    How exciting is this????? We can say “we knew her when…” I’m thrilled for you and look forward to reading your articles!!!!

  34. On January 14, 2010 at 5:35am, thecoffeesnob said...

    Wow how exciting! Congratulations on a job well done, Susan! I’m sure there are plenty of exciting articles in store for you!

  35. On January 14, 2010 at 7:13am, Jennifer said...

    Oh my goodness! You are just rockin and rollin with all sorts of great things these days!

    Congratulations!!!!!!

  36. On January 14, 2010 at 7:43am, Lael Hazan said...

    Why were you nervous? You are FABULOUS! And the article is terrific! Thank you for taking the time and doing all the research, it was fun to get a chance to work with you.
    p.s. Giuliano is on the TODAY SHOW today, Jan 14th. He is making yummy pasta e fagioli. :)

    • On January 14, 2010 at 4:22pm, Susan said...

      Awwww, thanks, Lael! It was truly a pleasure for me.

      P.S. Giuliano was great on Today. He’s a natural! :)

  37. On January 14, 2010 at 9:21am, Nic said...

    Yay! That’s great, well done!

  38. On January 14, 2010 at 10:32am, Tracy Moulton said...

    Wow, Susan! Now everyone will be as lucky as we are to get to read your beautiful, insightful and humorous writing! How do I get a copy of the magazine in Ft. Lauderdale? Love, Tracy

    • On January 14, 2010 at 4:23pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Tracy! You are so sweet! Email me your address and I’ll send you a copy. :)

  39. On January 14, 2010 at 10:51am, Tracy Freeman said...

    Just a litle prying but certainly worth the wait, Congratulations! I just sent your blog to the CEO of Edible Communities, I know she will enjoy.

    • On January 14, 2010 at 4:25pm, Susan said...

      Thank you so much! You deserve the kudos. The magazine is gorgeous! Everyone was talking about it at the Phillippi Farmers’ Market yesterday. Well done!

  40. On January 14, 2010 at 12:16pm, The Food Hunter said...

    Congratulatons this is great news. How very exciting!

  41. On January 14, 2010 at 1:37pm, Nicole Spasiano said...

    Congrats. That’s such great news.

  42. On January 14, 2010 at 4:38pm, Susan said...

    Thank you, thank you thank you all! I’m so touched by your comments and your support. You guys are the best! :D

  43. On January 14, 2010 at 7:59pm, laura said...

    Squeeeeeeeee is right!! Awesomeness for you and you deserve it, you really do. Nice work!

  44. On January 14, 2010 at 8:24pm, phyllis said...

    CONGRATULATIONS SUE! I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER FOR YOU. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

    • On January 16, 2010 at 12:51pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Cuz! :D

  45. On January 14, 2010 at 11:42pm, Pat said...

    Congratulations Susan! They could not have picked a more expert and entertaining food writer. A interview with Mrs. Hazan is such a wonderful accomplishment! I love her cookbooks –she is the Italian Julia Child.

  46. On January 14, 2010 at 11:45pm, ingrid said...

    That’s terrific! Congrats……I’ll be looking for updates on future articles!
    ~ingrid

  47. On January 15, 2010 at 7:46am, The Italian Dish said...

    Wow, Susan! What an honor. I can’t wait to read the article – hope it goes onine. I love reading about the Hazans and I read “Amacord” last year and loved it. You’re so lucky to have them down there with you! Yay for Facebook and Twitter!

  48. On January 15, 2010 at 8:03am, Sinful Southern Sweets said...

    How fabulous! And very inspiring to other foodie want-to-be-writters (like myself :)

  49. On January 15, 2010 at 9:05am, Jenny said...

    Wonderful!!!!

  50. On January 15, 2010 at 9:46am, Mary said...

    Congratulations! I’m sure it was a lovely article! I was just watching Giuliano on the Today show last week and I love the Classic Pasta book! I’m sure they will love your article. :)

  51. On January 15, 2010 at 5:44pm, Cynthia said...

    This is excellent news Susan and I am right here cheering you on. Hearty congratulations!

  52. On January 15, 2010 at 6:30pm, Lisa Turner said...

    That is FANTASTIC….I can say i went to School with and KNOW a published author..;) As well as fantastic cook.. Keep going I’m really Proud of you. *hugs*

    • On January 16, 2010 at 12:54pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Lisa! {{{HUGS}}} right back to you! I think Mrs. Dumbaugh would approve. :)

  53. On January 15, 2010 at 11:54pm, Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    Congratulations, Susan. I hope they put the article online so we can all read it.

  54. On January 18, 2010 at 3:41pm, Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

    Congrats. You’ll do a fantastic job. BTW, your seafood pasta recipe looks amazing (I only wish my son wasn’t allergic to shrimp. Ugh). Enjoy the Edible gig!

  55. On January 22, 2010 at 2:25pm, Marie said...

    Wow Susan, How did I miss this! Way to go girl! That’s fantastic. My SIL lives in Sarasota, I’ll have to mention it to her.

  56. On January 23, 2010 at 1:22pm, Louise said...

    This is simply wonderful! Congratulations on your new beginnings!

  57. On February 02, 2010 at 4:33pm, Allie (eat at allies) said...

    Congratulations! That is so exciting! Is your article available online?

  58. On February 03, 2010 at 9:05pm, Julia Filson said...

    WOW! Congradulations. Exciting. Happy and proud of you. Julia

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