Well, I just left Atlanta, where I’d just left Charlotte, where I’d just left New York, where I’d just left Illinois, where I’d just left Wisconsin, where I’d just left New York, where I’d just left Austin.

I’m back in Austin now! I’ve come full circle and am catching up on all of the breakfast tacos and barbecue I’ve missed out on in the last few weeks. I’m going to be in Austin (I think) until the great big IACP conference.

Have you heard about it?

It’s when all of the food industry people get together and speak on interesting panels and share their knowledge and expertise.

Then at the end of it all is a great big awards ceremony for all of the food books that have been nominated this year to receive an award. Food Heroes was nominated! Eek.

What should I wear? I’m thinking jeans and flip flops unless someone intervenes.

Here are some of the cool cats that will be at the big conference:

There’s the amazingly talented food, travel and culture photographer Penny de Los Santos, talking about finding and crafting a great story.

There’s beloved cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, talking about the craft of food writing.

And the wonderful blogger Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen talking about Urban Farms and Community Gardens.

There will be my former culinary school dean Jacques Pepin, master of de-boning a chicken in 30 seconds, talking about French Cooking with Amanda Hesser, award winning writer and founder of Food52.

There are dozens more, from New York Times writer Kim Severson, to Gluten Free Girl, Shauna James Ahern, to Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes, and photography experts White On Rice Couple, Diane Cu and Todd Porter.

And there are topics ranging from how to bring your own product to market, to how to make real Texas barbecue.

It can be pricey to attend conferences I realize, and life gets busy. But if you want to watch these panels from the comfort of your own home, and even watch me run around in flip flops at the awards ceremony, you can buy a virtual pass for just 15% of the conference price, here.

Here is the whole agenda… it is 4 days of fun!

Hope to see you there, in person or virtually!

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