Every day I get an e-newsletter called Cynopsis, which is a genius look at what’s going on in the wild world of TV production. Most of it is beyond me and I don’t always have time to read it all, but one day a small item grabbed my eyes: The first-ever vegan cooking show was coming to TV this fall.
The item was about Laura Theodore, aka The Jazzy Vegetarian, who combined two seemingly disparate interests–her jazz singing career and her love of vegan cooking–into a whole mini-empire of cookbooks, CDs, a great website with recipes and music, a radio show, and now a TV show.
I loved Laura’s philosophy of better living through healthy eating and green living, so I decided right then n’ there–because these days, if I don’t do something immediately, I forget–to write and congratulate her on the Jazzy Vegetarian TV coup. I didn’t want anything out of it; I was just really happy for her.
Well, Ms. JV wrote me back, a small e-lovefest ensued, and today I’m going to be a guest on her radio show. Not only that, but two veganized versions of recipes from Cherries in Winter will be posted on Laura’s recipes page.
Long blog short, I love writing fan emails. It’s how I got to do a bookstore Q&A with another vegoddess, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of many amazing vegan cookbooks, and how I have a chic pen pal in the South of France–Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris. I’ve even gotten a few of these emails myself, from incredibly sweet people who took the time to tell me that Cherries got them through a difficult time in their lives. I can’t adequately explain how much that means to me.
Nana taught me the power of the big-kiss-I-heart-you-major fan email, and though the method has changed from her lovely script on paper to my weird word stringings in e-mail, the sentiment is the same. It only takes a moment to tell someone that their work is meaningful to you, but that moment can make someone’s day.