summer blog hiatus

from “Summer Fun” by Marguerite Davis (1932) via katinthecupboard

Is it hot enough for you?

Whew! Summer is here in full force with record temps in the 100’s. Time to get out of the kitchen for a bit and relax in my imaginary hammock with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade, a plate of gingersnaps and a few good books.

Alphabet Soup will be on summer hiatus until early August, when we will happily celebrate the blog’s 5th birthday, and also the birthday of our favorite chef, author, foodie, and television personality Julia Child. Many of you probably know that Julia would have turned 100 on August 15th, and her longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, is leading the party with “JC100: A 100-Day Celebration of Julia Child,” which began in May and will run through the 15th. They have compiled a list of Julia’s top 100 recipes like Chocolate Mousse, Vichyssoise, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Roast Chicken, and have been releasing them one per day via social media (follow along via their Facebook Page, Twitter or Pinterest).

Also exciting: 100+ bookstores around the country are featuring her cookbooks and hosting special events, 100 restaurants nationwide are featuring Julia-inspired menus for Julia Child Restaurant Week (August 7-15), 100 designated bloggers are making her recipes and writing about them, and all kinds of articles and tributes are being posted online about the woman who once advised, “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”

Best of all, two very cool and awesome children’s picture books about Julia were released this year: Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich and Amy Bates (Abrams, 2012), and Bon Appétit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland (Schwartz & Wade, 2012). Both have been garnering well-deserved accolades and are quickly becoming collector’s items for adult fans as well as being embraced by kids who are “meeting” Julia for the first time.

I’m thrilled to report that Susanna, Amy and Jessie will all be dropping by to chat with us about their books and love for Julia, even share a favorite recipe or two! So brush up on your French and get your best bibs ready so we can all pop the celebration cork together! Of course your cats are also welcome to join us. ☺

In the meantime, I wish you a very Happy Independence Day tomorrow and a fun-filled, not-too-scorching July. If you have travel plans, do have a safe journey. For those planning stay-cations, happy reading and noshing and lazing about! That’s what summer is for, isn’t it?

Oh, just wanted to say a big HELLO and WELCOME to our new subscribers! Only too happy to sidle over and make room for you at the table. So happy you’ve decided to join us.

Stay cool, and I’ll see you all in August!

from “We Three, a Primer” by Grace P. Smith (1929) via katinthecupboard.

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30 thoughts on “summer blog hiatus

  1. How delicious to become acquainted with this delightful site this year. Wishing you a glorious hiatus, imaginary hammock and all, and tasty sips and snacks all the way to August.

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    1. Best part of blogging is discovering new-to-me writers, artists and poets and connecting with like- minded readers and friends. So happy our paths crossed this year, Gail. Wishing you a glorious summer!

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  2. Enjoy your well-deserved break, Jama. While you’re resting in that imaginary hammock, we’ll be on the road from Denver to our new home in Chapel Hill, NC. Looking forward to being a right-coaster again — practically close enough to Alphabet Soup to borrow a cup of sugar and some mosquito repellent (well, maybe not THAT close, but closer . . .). Happy 4th!

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    1. Oh, how exciting! Moving is such a daunting undertaking, though, so I wish you a safe, smooth journey east. I hear such good things about the Chapel Hill area. I will sprinkle sugar down on you as a special welcome🙂. You’re on your own with the mosquitoes, though . . . Happy 4th to you and your family!

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  3. this is so bittersweet for me to read. i had a dear friend sign a publishing contract for the first time with a wonderful pb about julia child with tricycle pub just before they were bought out and hers was one of the deals that wasn’t picked up by random house.she has soldiered on better than i would have – i’d still be on the floor with piles of empty ice cream containers littered around me. she’s taught me a great deal about learning from challenging situations and moving forward. in that vein, i look forward to the upcoming julia celebrations and your return in august.

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    1. That is so heartbreaking! This is such a tough business with so many factors beyond our control, and the control of editors and agents. I’m glad she’s soldiering on and moving forward — a great inspiration for others. When her time comes, the accomplishment will be all the sweeter.

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      1. i agree. and she has been such an inspiration for many of us as well as a cautionary tale about how when you finally get that coveted yes, it’s not the end of the hard work and the occasional heartache.

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  4. And Happy Independence Day to you, too, Jama. I think you deserve a break from the kitchen! I’ll look forward to all things Julia in August. Am making those brownies again today for our picnic tomorrow & will send restful thoughts as I cook & stir. Thanks again for all the treats you share!

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  5. July always seems to go by in a flash, but I’m hoping you can enjoy every flashing day. I can’t think of a better spot to celebrate Julia Child than here, and I look forward to that. And I need to get those two picture books — I have been hearing the raves!

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  6. Aww, but we will miss you sooo Jama (*pouts, whines, nearly throws a tantrum but not quite*). Enjoy the rest of the summer, dearest Jama! Looking forward to seeing your new eye candies. Hihihi.

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  7. I must be off to add the delicious new picture books to my list of books to order for our library next year!

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  8. Jama,

    I hope you enjoy your hiatus. You deserve a vacation from blogging! I’ve been pretty much on a blogging semi-vacation much of this year. Too busy with nanny granny duties and some other things.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. Yes, you’ve had a very busy year — new book coming out and granny duties🙂. Enjoy your summer. Hope it’s cooler where you are than down here in Virginia . . .

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