TODAY at 6:47 P.M., I completed a 240-page draft manuscript for a book about apples, which I began in earnest one week shy of a year ago. The book is due to be out by late summer. It looks at horticulture, history, culinary uses, food safety, pests and disease, and the race to develop the next Super Apple.
In addition to the text, the book features beautiful orchard photographs by Bar Weeks and me, and a photographic index of more than 120 apple varieties grown in the United States.
It is hard to describe what I am feeling. Giddy, dazed, and exhausted come to mind. There is plenty of work to be done in order to publish this, but completing the manuscript is a major milestone, without which the remaining steps are moot!