Books, for a couple of years. Lately I've had the pleasure of writing a few articles that have appeared in the Miami Herald, Southern Maryland This Is Living, Recreation News, Montgomery magazine, and Hotline. Other articles are in the current issues of Washingtonian and Everyday Home.
I spent the better part of two years writing and updating a couple of travel guide books and two history books (so much fun!). I've traveled a little bit in the past few months, visiting Arlington, Virginia; Southern Maryland, and Atlantic City.
Of course, I'm always eager for new assignments. I've compiled two booklets about historic hotels (the old Washington Statler and the Shoreham hotels) and I love bringing history to life in that kind of assignment. I also enjoy writing about marketing and anything to do with the hospitality and travel industry.
Modifying what I've said for the past few years, I want to sail the Seven Seas and other waterways, on cruise ships, riverboats, freighters, and whatever other vessels may be out there. I want to use this water-based lifestyle to visit foreign and domestic ports and writing slice-of-life and human interest articles (and photographing them, too). I did a piece about cruises for cheese lovers for Culture Magazine (the word on cheese) that included information about how you can shop for cheese with the chef.
Yes, assignments are accepted. What is missing in cruise coverage that you want me to explore? Short piece? Long article? I can do it.
I took my first cruise in seven years on June 8, aboard the Carnival Pride, from Baltimore to Cape Canaveral and the Bahamas. Josh Waitzman was the Cruise Director who does a wonderful job of assembling a variety of activities for those who want to be entertained. He'll be leaving the ship in a few weeks and spending some vacation time in his new Florida home.
I'm now following dining news about these ships and posting news on my Twitter feed (@JoodyC). The food aboard the Pride was tasty and well-prepared. There were even a few delights for the more adventuresome palates. Thanks for a delightful week (even with Biblical rains in Nassau).
Chesapeake Bay Crabs cookbook
Fall, 2011, Pelican Publishing
I had fun with this one. I know, I have fun with all my books or I wouldn't write them. This, however, is a collection of recipes featuring the every tasty and ever versatile Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. You'll find appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and even dessert. Yes, a crab creme brulee, thank you. I talked to a couple of people who had made crab ice cream and besides the fact that it was expensive (using lump meat), people were sort of turned off by the name. Someone from England said that frozen crab bisque probably would sell better, but it's still expensive.
I've also included stories about crabs, an interview with Bernie Fowler, and instructions on how to buy, cook, and eat these delectable goodies.
Peaceful Places Washington, DC
Winter, 2011, Menasha Ridge Publishing
With co-author Denis Collins, this book lists 114 peaceful places for a few minutes respite or hours or days in and around our Nation's Capital. They're in such categories as reading spaces, museums, gardens, urban surprises, etc. My favorite probably is the labyrinth on a rooftop near Union Station. Another favorite is the sixth-floor terrace at the Newseum. Yes, you have to pay to enter and the museum is almost always filled and nearly rowdy, but it's magically serene out on the terrace, overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.
While this guide (and the other cities in the series) is good for visitors, about 80% of the audience has proven to be locals looking for that special place for lunch, a book, or just a thought or two.
It Happened in Maryland
September 4, 2012, Globe Pequot Press
It Happened in Maryland covers twenty-five events that happened in the Free State that shaped history. Sometimes it's local history, sometimes it's more wide-ranging. Among the subjects covered are the first bookmobile in Hagerstown, the Great Baltimore Fire that caused fire companies to start working toward universal sizes for hydrants and hoses, and finding a way around the Dutch Elm disease that killed so many gorgeous elm trees.
As I was constantly saying when I researched this, "I didn't know that." I'm hoping you will, too.
It Happened in Delaware
It Happened in Delaware covers twenty-five events that happened in the First State that shaped history. Among the subjects covered are the space suits worn by our astronauts, the creation of the study-abroad program, and the influence of the Stone Balloon bar in Newark.
As with the Maryland book, I was constantly saying, "I didn't know that." I'm hoping you will, too.
Released June, 2013, Globe Pequot Press
Virginia Off the Beaten Path
Released October, 2011, Globe Pequot Press
The 11th edition of my Virginia Off the Beaten Path guidebook has been updated with information about a lot of my favorite places and some wonderful new things to see and do, off the Interstate. Note to foodies, the Route 11 Potato Chip factory moved a few miles south to Mount Jackson. The viewing room should be open later this year, so you'll once again (or for Also, Maj. (ret.) Rich Spooner and his wife, Gloria, moved their famed Globe and Laurel restaurant from the Triangle location (road widening) to a Stafford location. As expected, it's been a huge success--equal to its huge new home.
Scenic Routes and Byways Virginia
December, 2013, Globe Pequot Press
I've been traveling through the Old Dominion State since childhood, visiting friends and family in Tidewater and beyond. This book highlights twenty-five scenic drives that feature nature's beauty, vineyards, barn quilts (see route 6), Skyline Drive, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The chapters include route directions, interesting things to see along the way, and historical tidbits. Have fun! Safe travels!