Five Years (Next Week)


One week from today, this blog will turn five years old. Five years old! That’s half a decade. Was it really five years ago that I wrote my first post? That I typed the words “amateur” and “gourmet” haphazardly into the title box of my blogging software? Was it really five years ago that I took my first picture of something I cooked: specifically, Martha Stewart’s Pecan Chocolate Chunk White Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Well let’s not wax sentimental quite yet. Instead, clear your caches and load up the site again: check out the beautiful birthday cake banner Lindy created in honor of the occasion. Thanks to her and of course to Leah and Justin for getting it up and running. I always thought I’d look better traced in icing and now that I am, I have to say I look good enough to eat. But hold your forks!

We’re not celebrating until next week. But there’s some preliminary work we need to do: namely, work that involves you e-mailing me.

“Say what??”

Simmer down, now. It’s occurred to me that the lifeblood of this blog, the thing that keeps it going, is you–yes YOU–my devoted readers. So I’d like to celebrate you next week as we celebrate the blog. I want to identify this blog’s biggest fans–the ones who’ve been reading me the longest or, if not the longest, the most fervently. If you think you meet this criteria, please do the following. Take a naked picture of yourself (WELL LIT), post it on to Flickr, and e-mail me the link. Just kidding.

No, if you’re a die hard A.G. fan please shoot me an e-mail (to with: your name, your location, a PG pic of you, how long you’ve been reading the blog, how you found it, why you love it, and your favorite post and/or A.G. recipe.

Meanwhile, I’m tentatively toying with the idea of a New York meet-up. Will it really happen? Right now I’d say the odds are 50/50. The key component is venue: if you have a venue in New York that can host a plethora of blog-readers–food and drink optional–and can do it for free but for lots of free media exposure (pictures galore!) please also shoot me an e-mail.

If a venue doesn’t surface, though, next week promises to be a treat nonetheless. We’ll mine the archives for classic posts, interview notable blog figures (like Craig and my friend Lisa) about their history with the blog, and–ultimately–reflect on five years of food blogging: all the ups, downs and everything in between.

So thanks, loyal supporters, for making these five years possible. Will I be blogging for another five years? Who knows; but if my 10 year anniversary happens, I promise black tie WON’T be optional. That party’s gonna be fierce.

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