Today is the official publication date of our book, “Food Lovers’ Guide to San Antonio.” It is the product of about 2 ½ months of writing furiously last fall, meeting interim deadlines from our publisher, Globe Pequot Press, discussing what would be listed, why and why not. It involved many, many telephone calls, sudden leaps into cars to zip down to the South Side to sample posole or to the North Side to take in some sushi. Some of the places we’d not been to for quite a long time, and we wanted to be sure that a certain puffy taco we’d praised to the skies was still that good. Friends, colleagues and SavorSA readers had good suggestions; Facebook and Twitter were other sources.
It was hard work on a short deadline. In other words, there was no time to indulge in that bane of all writers — procrastination.
Will we get rich? Not a chance. Do we care? Not really. For any writer, holding a published book with his or her name on the cover is (at least the first time) reward enough. But the book is really more than that. It’s our chance to share with you where you can go in town for exactly what you’re looking for, whether you’re in need of great pizza on the West Side, an African yam for a recipe you’re making or a bakery on the Northeast Side for a birthday cake that tastes homemade. We especially hope you make great use of it, as you explore the culinary wealth of our city and area.
After we finally sent the completed manuscript, in one gigantic Word file at midnight before the deadline day, we celebrated with a (small) pitcher of homemade margaritas. Of course, the work was not finished by a long shot. Edits and cuts (more than we’d expected) had to be made. We twice had to proof the manuscript as it was sent back from editors (who were, without exception, wonderful to work with). As a first book-writing experience for both John and me, it went pretty smoothly.
“Food Lovers’ ” is now at Costco and Barnes & Noble stores in the Texas section. It’s available on amazon.com and bn.com and will also be turning up in other stores in San Antonio. As for book signings, we’ll keep you posted, through SavorSA.com, our Twitter account @mysavorsa and Facebook.