For me, engaging in creativity is as vital as breathing air, Without creativity, I would simply wither and die. But it took my writing Garlic Feast to fully appreciate this. Prior to that, I languished as many fellow procrastinators do, in the desert of self-doubt - but never again! If you have a penchant and a burning passion for something, don't dither, dilly dally or doubt. Dare to do it - as I fully intend to from now on!
Producing Garlic Feast enabled my creativity to expand and soar, and I feel so grateful for the opportunity and proud of my achievement, and I hope to produce many more beautiful books. The process of writing Garlic Feast was a life changing experience for me. It came late in life, but I will never forget it or take the opportunity or journey for granted. I learned so much, about the process of self publishing and producing a beautiful cookbook, but also about myself.
Though the book - its shape, form and production was my vision. And I invested a great deal of passion, commitment, hard work, money and time into producing the book - a genuine labour of love - I cannot take all of the credit and neither would I want to! Garlic Feast was borne from the grassroots of a small community festival (The Koonya Garlic Festival), and the amazing, passionate and creative community that exists here in the wild, wonderful and ruggedly beautiful Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania's stunning south east.
The book simply would not have been possible without the generosity of the community and those who generously shared recipes for the book, nor would it have been possible without the skill of the book's food photographers (of which I was a modest one!) and the book's talented designer, Ian Wallace. I feel very humbled and blessed to have had so many talented professionals involved in the book. And its success at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2017 and IPPY Awards was a testament to that and to all of us.
I am not a chef, just a passionate humble, home cook and former BBC trained national radio journalist. I worked for BBC Radio 4 in London and Pebble Mill, Birmingham for many years before moving to Australia with my husband Paul in the 90's and then from Fremantle, Western Australia to Tasmania in 2010. And Since then, I have not looked back. Tasmania is a foodies paradise, and living here created the perfect environment and conditions for my passion for food, cooking and writing to thrive.
With its temperate climate and clean air, water and soils, Tasmania also creates the perfect climate for growing tasty healthy garlic. Though I have grown some small crops of garlic, I am not a growing expert. As a passionate home cook and garlic lover (in fact, I am a fan of the alium family generally), garlic has featured heavily in the majority of dishes that I have created over the years - long before I became involved in the Koonya Garlic Festival. The only difference is that since my involvement in helping to coordinate the Koonya Garlic Festival and in the process of researching Garlic Feast, I now feel finally armed with the knowledge I need to talk about and cook with garlic confidently.
Garlic Feast is a book for garlic lovers, foodies and cooks and everyone who love beautiful books.
It's a pleasure to share Garlic Feast with you. I do hope that you will enjoy reading it, experimenting with the many different garlic varieties and cooking up a garlic storm.
Janice :-) xxx
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