When I MET Food by Kathy Sidell launches today! We recently had the chance to talk with entrepreneur, filmmaker, chef, and now author Kathy Sidell about the writing of her first book. Congratulations, Kathy!
What inspired you to write the book?
I always felt I had an unusual family story to tell, a great legacy story. My Dad was a banker and financed many of the great chefs and restaurateurs in the city. And my Mom was an exceptional hostess and my sister was a very successful restaurant owner.
I hoped that telling my personal story about entering the business as a women at 47 – and building a big business as a second career – would resonate with other woman out there.
What has been your favorite part of the process of writing and publishing a book?
The actual thinking, writing and reflecting on what I have learned in the past eight years about the business. But there was also great joy in writing about my family – my grandparents, father, mom and the many people who have impacted and inspired my food life. It was also lot of fun reaching back in my memory to create a picture of what life was like growing up for me.
Have there been any unexpected challenges?
Finding a structure that could accommodate part business book, part memoir and fluidly lace through recipes.
If you could do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
Yes. Re-reading it, I found I still have so much more to say.
What’s next for you? Any more books in your future?
I suspect this will be the first of a few.