...and please pass on the news to anyone you think might be interested. It's a steep learning curve, crowd-funding. But I like the anarchy of self-publishing - Dickens did it after all, and he was no slouch, sales-wise. Meanwhile I'll be posting images from my sketchbooks regularly on Instagram (the handle is elisabeth.luard). The contents of my sketchbooks - I have hundreds from over the years - provides me with the introductory image for each cookstrip. I don't carry a camera when I travel, just a small sketchbook and a miniature paintbox that sits on my thumb. You can see me using my sketchbook to talk to people when I don't have the language if you go www.talkingoffood.com, where you'll find the first and second half-hours - Mull and Andalucia - of The Rich Tradition, a 13-part series based on my first (serious) cookbook, European Peasant Cookery, made for SBS Australia and BBC2 in 1992. We (myself as presenter plus a four-man team from Perth, Australia) were filming all over Europe thirty-five years ago among self-sufficient farming communities at a time when the EU was in its infancy and most of Eastern Europe was still behind the Iron Curtain.
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