So far, my publishing achievement is only in one book but I must say, I was more than thrilled when I was told that they had chosen my paper for publishing. In 2006, I was chosen to present a paper at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford on the topic of eggs. My girlfriend came along to the symposium (thank goodness, the moral support was great) and we met the “who’s who” of the food writing industry such as Jeffrey Steingarten, Claudia Roden, Raymond Sokolov, Barbara Wheaton and Prof. Hervé This (who advises Heston Blumenthal) gave an awesome and comical presentation. Needless to say, it was very interesting (albeit a little intimidating at first) and very inspiring to be surrounded by so many food academics.
I presented a paper for the 2008 Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery again. The topic was VEGETABLES and I chose to write about the daikon radish (it was a success and my talk will be soon featured in BBC4’s Alan Davidson’s documentary to be finished this year): ttp://www.walltowall.co.uk/catalogue_detail.aspx?w2wprogram=180
A friend of mine wrote an article in the Dutch wine magazine Perswijn where I was hosting him around the Napa Valley: http://www.wijnpers.nl/artikel/181/column-job-de-swart-2-24-2004.html
I guess I could count my Master’s thesis as “published” – well, it’s housed in the University of Adelaide library for other students to look at if they wanted to…haha. The hardest thing I’d ever had to do is called: Sauternes with Oysters, Champagne with Everything: The Evolution of Wine and Food Pairings. It is an initial study into the history of dining and the pairing of wine and food, focusing mostly on nineteenth century evidence. 25,000 words…give or take a few.
Anyone looking for a writer? I would be available to write any articles…Pick me, pick me!🙂