Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I'm thrilled with the progress that the book is making. I learned today about the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). This is one of the oldest organizations in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. There are close to 2,000 members who are educators and mental health professionals. I have been doing research on the site and I am trying to find the best thanatologist. A thanatologist is professional in death, dying, and bereavement whose professional responsibilities include working with the dying and the grieving process. I am looking for an expert to weigh in on what cooking and food can do to help the grieving process. If you can recommend anyone, please contact me at email@example.com.
Have a great week!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Dr. Steve Rosen, who is director of the center and was my mother's oncologist,is an incredible human being with the best bedside manner I have ever experienced. He is a brilliant doctor who treats his patients like the are family.
I have made a decision to give a portion of the proceeds from the book to Dr. Rosen and his team. I would also like to say something about the new Brain Tumor Institute that just opened at Northwestern. Dr. Jeffrey Raizer is the co-director of the center and was also my mom's doctor. He is a wonderful man who has dedicated his life to fighting this horrible disease. To learn more about Dr. Rosen, Dr. Raizer, and the cancer center, please go to the website at http://www.cancer.northwestern.edu/home/index.cfm
A Blending of Bittersweet Memories is for people who have lost loved ones due to all reasons, not just cancer. It is my personal preference to use the proceeds to fight cancer. Please help me fight one of the battles that affects so many people.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I can't wait to get everyones recipes and stories. The holidays are a great time to remember our loved ones and happy memories.
We have lots to do this week! We are working on celebrity mailings and hope to get submissions in as soon as possible.
REMINDER*- Due date for submissions in January 31st, 2010!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Now on the book side, I have spoken with a publisher and literary agent. They love the book idea and are so excited about moving forward. The literary agent says she wants the book to be more focussed on grief with a side bar on recipes. I need to do a lot more research on grief! It's so important to tell my story to publishers. I hope to have a proposal ready by January 1st.
That's all for now!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
For the remainder of this month, we are working really hard to put together lists of people that we want to solicit! This is all amazing and making great progress. Now, all I need are 1,000 recipes by January 2010!!!! Please help me by submitting your memories and recipes today on www.bittersweet-memories.com. Thanks!!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Welcome! This is my first blog. I am brand new to this so please try to be patient with me! ;)
A Blending of Bittersweet Memories is a book that is dedicated to all of those people that have lost their parent and/or loved one. For me, food is the trick for keeping their memory alive. This is a compilation of bittersweet memories in conjunction with a specific recipe. All of the traditional recipes that have departed with our loved ones, will now be remembered indefinitely.
To give people a comforting way to manage the loss that is forever and keep memories/recipes alive. Please send us your stories and recipes today. Check out our website:
On January 23, 2006 Renée Israel, my mother, lost her life to a long, hard-fought battle against breast cancer. She lived her life with such class and devotion to her family and friends that she left us with huge shoes to fill.
During her lifetime, my mother with the help of her beloved family and friends, created two cookbooks entitled "Whip Me, Beat Me, Eat Me". The origin of Whip Me, Beat Me, Eat Me started in my mother's kitchen. She would cook dinner Monday through Thursday for just her family.
Each and every Sunday night my mother would prepare a multiple course home cooked meal for our "family". While our immediate family only consisted of five people, the Sunday "family" included at least fifteen and sometimes up to fifty people on any random Sunday. After our constant requests for her recipes, she together with her friends, compiled recipes and created the two cookbooks.
Thankfully my mother wrote all of her recipes down and now I can pass them along from generation to generation. But what are recipes without the Bittersweet Memories behind them?
"I was serving my husband "Monday Night Spaghetti" when it hit me like a ton of bricks: the delicious smell of spaghetti bolognese with a hint of sugar, the taste of the crispy topping and the old dish that my mother used to serve it in. My mother's presence was so strong through her recipes. I tasted, smelled, and saw Monday Night dinners at my childhood home". This is in honor of our loved ones, especially my mother, Renée.