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Upcoming Presentations of A Sample of Gouda

Posted on July 7, 2016

The power point presentation for our new book A Sample of Gouda wandered about between John Graham-King from Angloinfo South Holland, Vinita and me for a few days via bustling emails in preparation for the book launch. “What do you mean by slide 5?” John asked.  John likes clarification, not my short hand notes. “I want to talk about which pictures didn’t make the cut.” Vinita said and sent in a number of photos from our walks.  The power point presentation is ready for customization and the coming season with an option for a longer version than the 30 minute presentation we gave at the book launch in Gouda on June 30.   Our next gig on August 25, 2016 is (wo)manning a table at…

You May Pre-Order the Book Now

Posted on June 10, 2016

“It’s real,” Vinita said looking around her with wonder. We were sitting in our publisher’s office. Behind us giant industrial printing presses clattered continually, the noise somewhat dampened by the closed door.   Our book, A Sample of Gouda, has become within our community of friends and family a topic brought up every so often with muffled irritation and a hint humor thrown in to take off the edge. We thought it would be released in 2013 or let’s say 2014 at the very least. That’s what we thought back then. The manuscript was an almost-book, appearing in endless versions of PDFs before our eyes, and so elusive it was witnessed by few people, such as a mythical snow leopard.   To her great…

Reflections from the Cheese Market: Curly Kale

Posted on November 13, 2014

Curly Kale Stamppot It is ironic that kale, the main ingredient to the national dish Curly Kale Stamppot, is ever beloved by the Dutch while America has rediscovered the forgotten delight and how pertinent it is to promoting health when it comes to pushing vegetables in glossy magazines. A colleague said to me, proudly, that he’d signed up to attend a cooking course on Forgotten Vegetables.  For him, being Dutch, that meant: turnips, parsnips, and quinces.   “I’m having some kale,” a kale non-affectionado wrote of his gin and tonic, “Cheers!” I thought that was the best portion of kale I’d ever seen. “What should I write about?” I asked one day at large for a subject. “Kale!” came the reply. I wrote about kale, for which I…

On The Street

Posted on March 20, 2014

Imagine riding into town and hitching your horse to this while you make a call. Perhaps a business call, perhaps merely a social call to the lady of the house. Nonetheless, a certain level of class is expected at such an established house, the facade commands respect.

 

The Bee's Tour With Vinita- The Netherlands

Coattails

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s not really the best picture for a cover is it?  But for a long time it was used as the cover on a manuscript..just because we needed to conceptualize a cover. We could probably say that we rode on the coattails of the Crabeth brothers and their glorious windows in the St. Janskerk in Gouda, the inspiration for the first book “The Bee’s Tour of Gouda, Buzzing Through Vinita’s Lens.” We couldn’t leave the two artists out of the second book and they definitely are there, don’t worry. We’ve also added an artist to the second book. Upon seeing Joseph’s artwork for the new book Vinita gasped, “It’s gorgeous!”

The Perfect Shot that Didn’t Work

Posted on January 10, 2014

Researching potential book covers together, Vinita and I came across one photo on internet which we both immediately enjoyed and thought the idea behind the image would neatly fit our next little book, fictional stories, A Sample of Gouda.  Could we duplicate it? Actually, to give all credit where it is due, the question is: Could Vinita replicate it?  She set out one weekend with her son and husband on The Mission, involving Dutch cheese. Now, interestingly enough Vinita and most her family are fairly, shall we say, cheese intolerant.   Lactose intolerance is common these days and another common occurrence is the habit of having to take many, many photos before you might get the result you are seeking.  Vinita and her family all…

Welcome To 2014

Posted on January 1, 2014

Perhaps the sparks of your New Year’s festivities have died down, but ours certainly haven’t dwindeld.  We are waiting with baited breath for the release of our new book, A Sample of Gouda, but first, and very importantly first, we’re launching our official web site.  This is a web site providing you with brief and beautiful pockets of content about our artistic collaboration as well as giving inside peeks at what we’re up to while the “drama” of new book release unfolds.  As opposed to last time when we self-published, this time we are a corroborating with a publisher, however, the experience of self-publishing is to be recommended because we’ve gotten seasoned.  Yes, that’s right, we’ve been through the routine, the choices, the mistakes, the weighing of…