A couple of days ago, I went to a talk by Karen Blumensaadt-Stoeckley who is the great-granddaughter of Axel M. Blumensaadt. Alex studied under the famous Auguste Escoffier, culinary master extraordinaire. When Karen was 18 years old, she rummaged through an old, handmade chest in her grandparents’ attic and found a leger full of old recipes, approximately 100 years’ old. This find inspired her to translate these into modern English and, along with Max Callegari, write the extraordinary recipe book, “A Culinary Legacy”, in which 100 year old recipes are modified for a 21st century cook. As we live in Provence, France, I’m particularly interested in Provencal dishes. Consequently, I look forward to cooking a meal which was created 100 years ago for my next dinner party.
As writers we are always looking for inspiration and find it pops up in the most unexpected places. We can find inspiration in magazines, newspapers, stories told by friends, hearsay, personal dramas, sport and many others. Who would have thought a dusty old attic would contain the inspiration for a renowned recipe book? It’s what appeals to you that counts – inspiration comes from your response to, sometimes, a very ordinary situation or fact. It forms an idea and this, in turn, creates your plan for a book. The world is full of inspiration and your individuality can capture and use it.