Margarita Martinez, "Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple Wholesome Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms" (Oxmoor House, 2015)


An unusual case here: Margarita Martinez is not the author of Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple Wholesome Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms (Oxmoor House, 2015). But I'm using this interview to reveal an interesting part of the cookbook business. The Cabot book is a group project, the original idea germinated by a publishing house. The publisher Oxmoor House, a division of Time Home Entertainment, approached Cabot, the cheese-maker which is a co-operative jointly owned by Vermont farmers and pitched the idea of bringing together recipes using Cabot's famous cheeses. The recipes would be contributed in large part by the farmers who make the cheese. As one of the last steps, Margarita Martinez, a camera-friendly food personality who had hosted a New England food/travel show broadcast on the regions PBS stations, was hired to be the spokesperson for the book. She did contribute two-recipes. What I wanted to get to here was the idea that there are many jobs in the food writing business, some which you might not expect. The interview is an interesting look into a business you might think you know, but about which maybe you still have a bit to learn. So listen and learn my friends! - Allen Salkin

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