Thanks to a Julia Child Independent Scholar grant that I won from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a few years ago I spent a month in France researching a topic close to my heart: the culinary impact of European colonialism on modern food habits. The Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris intimidated me, its stainless steel and glass exterior, aloof librarians, and endless escalators a daily challenge.

But I persevered and eventually parlayed that research into the beginnings of a new book, focusing on the women who went out to the colonies, their lives a metaphor for the policies and practices implemented by stern men in suits ruling from Europe’s great capitol cities.

The photograph also reflects a lot about my life and many of the challenges I’ve faced along the way and triumphed over.

Photo 101 challenge, day 20, last day – I want to thank all regular readers of “Gherkins & Tomatoes” for their patience this past month as I’ve taken a fruitful break from my usual sorts of posts.

© 2014 C. Bertelsen


12 Comments Add yours

  1. merrildsmith says:

    Of course, Cindy. I’ve only done the one book with them, but any time!


  2. Thanks, Merril. Maybe we can “talk” sometime about working with R & L?

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  3. Love! Thanks for stopping by ;) Happy Holidays!


  4. I did not know that, Kitty, thanks for the update.


  5. Thank you, Marius. I hope for the best for all the photographers in the class/group.


  6. merrildsmith says:

    Your book is going to be great!


  7. Kitty Morse says:

    Bonjour Cynthia! Just back from Morocco, so I can read your blog once more. I had to figure out how to navigate it first! It is beautiful. Just a question. You list my book, A Biblical Feast, and I thank you. There is, however a second edition. Maybe you ca adjust the title and date?

    OUT OF PRINT: Morse, Kitty. A Biblical Feast: Foods from the Holy Land. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1998.

    Now: A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table: La Caravane, 2009. Second edition, updated, with color food photography.

    Merci Cynthia! Kitty


  8. Great shot. If you scroll up it causes an amazing effect. Good luck for your future, photographic, culinaric and all the rest.


  9. Cardinal Guzman, learned a lot and am still learning/researching. Manuscript due to editor January 1, 2016. Lots of work in my future! Thanks for commenting.


  10. andy says:

    spectacular shot !


  11. The culinary impact of European colonialism on modern food habits sounds interesting. Did you learn a lot?


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