By: Martha Woodward
A few years ago, Toby Keith recorded a song written by Bobby Braddock entitled “I Wanna Talk About Me.”
The chorus says:
“I wanna talk about me
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one
Oh my me my
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see
I like talking about you, usually, but occassionally
I wanna talk about me
I wanna talk about me.”
In the spirit of that song, for this week’s Talk of the Town, I wanted to share some news I got this week by publishing the press release that came out.
As you can see, it is quite an honor.
Book About Watermelon in Knoxville, Tenn. Nominated in Spain
“Martha Rose Woodward, writer and Patricia Griffeth, illustrator, received word this week about the entry of their book “Watermelon for Everyone” into the 2013 World Cookbook Awards Contest sponsored by Gourmand Magazine in Madrid, Spain.
“Watermelon for Everyone” has been selected to compete in the 2013 World Cookbook Awards as one of the best books in the world on the topic of watermelon.The 38 page, lively book is a delightful look at the life cycle of watermelon. The colorful illustrations capture the attention of students of all ages with fun facts, interesting details and recipes-both non-cook and cooked- about the popular and tasty fruit.
“The selection of Woodward’s book came from Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of Gourmand Magazine. Headquarters for Gourmand Magazine is Madrid, Spain. Mr. Cointreau spends a major portion of each year in China as well.
“Mr. Cointreau wrote to Ms. Woodward:
‘Please send your book “Watermelon for Everyone,” for the Gourmand Awards .
It is very special, and it might qualify for a Special Award.
We have a special focus on watermelon this year.
Now I am in Beijing, for its BIBF Book Fair next week.
I visited their huge Watermelon Museum. It is really well done. Your book should be there in Chinese.
Participating in our awards will give international exposure to your book.
You will find an entry form in the attached document,
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, President and Founder
China Food Television, President of Honour, Paris Cookbook Fair, President
WFWF-TV, World Association of Food TV Producers, President”
Paris Cookbookfair Video on youtube.com
Woodward, a retired school teacher, says she has had the book in mind for several years, but needed an illustrator. “It was a conversation with Pat about how she reads books to her grandchildren that led us to a discussion about my manuscript,” said Woodward. “It popped into my mind to ask Pat to come on board as the illustrator. It was like that commercial when peanut butter meets chocolate and makes Reese’s Cups. Our skills blended together really well. Little did I know that Pat had been dreaming about illustrating a book.”
“Watermelon for Everyone” is an informational book that can be used as an instructional tool for parents and teachers. Woodward says she wanted children to know that a melon begins as a seed. “I think boys and girls need to understand where food comes from,” said Woodward. “I wanted them to know that a tiny seed holds the beginning of life. I hope they will become interested in gardening. I wanted everyone to know that watermelon can be used in recipes as both a sweet and a savory.”
The book is published by Amazon CreateSpace and is available at www .amazon.com The book cost $12 at area book stores or from the internet. An autographed copy can be purchased from the author by sending an email to Sunspherebook @aol.com or phoning (865)951-0319.