When things got hard, interesting, and surpassed my wildest dreams.
"(It also makes me excited to encourage more conversation among subscribers next year—we’re going to make some lifelong friends here among food nerds. I can feel it!)" = this part made me v excited !
The book tour sounds like such a whirlwind - equal parts exciting, equal parts "why am I putting myself through this"!! It sounds like you did a great job, esp for it being something so brand new, and that people enjoyed the events so much. And that it will take ages to sort of filter down and settle and process!
It's always so enjoyable to read such honest reflections, and to know this is a person and writer we can trust to not sugarcoat the tough parts, and your writing about the book publication and tour process has been exactly that. And yet, it's so hard to be on the go like that and talking and engaging and travelling and processing and writing all at once so I hope you're able to at some stage give yourself a chance to crash/restore in whatever way suits you to do that (I really hope this comes across how I intend it, and not as some sort of overprotective mum giving eye-roll inducingly unhelpful/obvious words of wisdom - or worse, an interfering know-all on the internet).
A massive well done on everything that's happened since (and before) this book came out, Alicia.
Each Peach ❤️ I so wish Bold Fork had been around when I lived in Mount Pleasant in 2015-16!
Also, yes to making more food nerd friends!!
Honestly, navigating Boston is always tumultuous. You are not alone.
And we met your lovely husband!
really love the food/eating details for you and Israel while on the tour! (every meal and snack, even when it’s mediocre Chinese takeout)
it makes perfect sense of course, you writing in a personal way about everything food ☺️
stop in St. Albans, VT at The Drake https://thedrakevt.square.site if you're passing through after 4:30.