Exploring the Future of Cookbook Publishing

by Adam on January 15, 2013

I’m gearing up for The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, upcoming in about 3 weeks in NYC. This is a conference that kicked off last year in the first-ever event to explore the past, present and future of cookbooks in-depth. I have been (and am) primarily involved with the future/digital portion of the conference, organizing 16 panels in total on topics such as copyright infringement, video production and promotion, social media best practices, trendspotting in the food space and more.

I’m really excited for the event, both because of the content, but also the people involved. Everyone from Molly O’Neill and Amanda Hesser, to Nina Simonds, Grace Young, Joe Yonan, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, Michael Harlan Turkell, and more will be there. It’s a great cast, and I’m honored to be included with this group, to have the opportunity to think with them through the scope of each panel and come up with programming that is engaging and forward-looking.

After last year’s conference, I’ve become much more comfortable in my role as conference organizer. Last year was full of stress and worry as I ran around trying to secure panelists, come up with programming, make sure they got where they needed to go, etc, etc, etc. But this year feels much different. I wouldn’t by any means call myself a veteran, but after doing this once, doing it again shouldn’t be difficult.

And with only about 300 attendees, there’s plenty of opportunity to network and meet with others in the food space. It’s an intimate show and a lot of fun.

If you’d like more information about the event, feel free to visit our website at http://www.cookbookconf.com

I hope to see you all there in February!

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