Last night's inaugural Blurb Food Fair at Stable Cafe was an especially courant evening celebrating the marriage of amateur cuisine and the digital publishing platform. The San Francisco based company invited a select group of recipe bookmakers from the site (as they said, heralding "from the Bay Area to the Bay of Pigs") to cook dishes from their Blurb created books and tell their stories through both their homemade recipes and their tomes. With more Blurb Food Fairs (and events like Blurb featuring the dedicated home chef/recipe book creator) coming in the future, we'd like to take a little time to reflect on our top five foodie trend observations from plating to pairing to the fact that we're still apparently really into bacon.
5. Family Recipes
21-year-old Blurb bookmaker Sylvanna Sanchez of Las Recetas de mi Abuela created her Cook-Blurb to share and preserve the recipes passed down by her grandmother, included her caramel-sweet milk crepes (served last night). Everyone loves a story about someone's grandmother, and it turns out Abuela Sanchez (along with a dozen or more assorted Sanchezes) took the drive up from Mexico to be part of Sylvanna's big moment at the fair. Blurb as a platform is all about creating a venue for the Sylvanna Sanchezes of the the world collect, curate and publish their adventures in cooking while allowing recipes to be passed down digitally. When I expressed my enthusiasm for the family angle of Sanchez's book I was invited to create my own family Cook-Blurb. Coming from a family where my mother took it as a point of feminist pride that she didn't cook ("I'd help you with dinner but I don't know where the kitchen is") it would be a very short book. "Does add water to French press and push down count as cooking?" I asked. According to Blurb, maybe.
4. We're Still Eating From Food Trucks