Neither of these two in the photo are Dorie Greenspan. Now, I have to assume YOU are a person who loves food. And if you love food, you cannot be unaware of Dorie Greenspan. She is ubiquitous; in Austin, Texas this past week, she was EVERYWHERE. More about that in a sec… this handsome guy is one of “phenom Dorie’s” secret ingredients in her success — a darling husband named Michael.
Austin you ask? The location of 2011’s International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference. Days of food pros learning, reading, eating, talking, networking about what’s happening in food. Not just recipes. Politics, policy, trends, travel, products, promotions, fresh approaches and historical hits. And a TON OF GOSSIPING, I’m guilty there and if you give me a glass of wine, I may tell you who else was involved.
- TWO wins in this year’s prestigious IACP Cookbook Awards (used to be the Julia Child Cookbook Awards, not sure why JC was removed) – Best General Cookbook for Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes From My Home to Yours. And then… Book Of The Year Award. So great, Dorie!
- Earlier that day, a panelist on the Craft of Writing with Toni Allegra and Joe Yonan;
- Wait, there she is again leading a roundtable discussion;
- WAIT, there she is again across the street at with an airstream trailer under tall Texan oaks handing out cookies and discussing her new cooking app soon to be launched. Texas Monthly gave the community a heads-up in a shout-out;
- HEY, WAIT, there she is again on a poster in the Information Fair… the app launch booth.
Quietly hovering and smiling under those shady trees, I saw this guy. He looked Dorie-ish enough to assume they had some connection. Turns out, decades-worth. Husband. Michael had spent the previous evening assisting with cookie handout stuffing, which followed his task of driving those cookies over with “the kid” from somewhere nearby. He’s a retired software exec, smitten with Dorie. She’s a soft-spoken wisp of a thing, a dynamo personality, with seemingly unlimited energy. Go, Dorie. Nice to meet you, Michael.