BookupdateSeveral times back in May I wrote here about how busy I was with "various writing projects" — one of which I couldn’t discuss beyond that. It was probably the single most exciting thing I’ve done thus far as a result of LENNDEVOURS and I’m happy to report that the gag order has been lifted.

Many of you are familiar with Chocolate & Zucchini, one of the world’s most popular culinary blogs, and its founder Clotilde Dusoulier. Any fan of C&Z knows that Clotilde been working with a book U.S. publisher on a cook book.

Well, I’m proud and honored to say that her book will also include wine pairing suggestions — suggestions that I contributed.

In what can only be described as a whirlwind of tasting, editing and writing, Clotilde and I worked through each of the book’s recipes and picked a wine for them. Again, I’m honored to have been asked in the first place and I’m proud of what we came up with.

Of course, she didn’t make it easy on me — and that was part of why I signed on. The first rule was that the wines had to be from "varied regions." Second, most of the wines had to be affordable for every day consumption and widely available. She also challenged me with some or her creative recipes. Obviously I can’t go into details at this point…but there are some stellar ones in this book.

Clotilde has been so great to work with. Her enthusiasm, curiousity and professionalism are an inspiration and I can assure you that this is going to be a book worth reading, not just another cook book.

So that’s the big news. As the book is closer to publication and release, I’ll let everyone know where they can get their copy.