The Story Behind the Story Behind the Story
My name is Lucy Mercer. I’m a writer, a photographer, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, in no particular order. Or maybe that is a particular order because words are always with me, a phrase or sentence or paragraph continually working itself out in my brain’s endless stream of prose.
A Cook and Her Books blog sprang into being on a hot July day in 2008 as a way to share recipes and live out the fantasy that I wrote for Southern Living magazine. That afternoon spent writing while my girls played outside was the beginning of what I think of as my real career. Up until then, I had an infrequently used journalism degree and a steady gamut of bookselling jobs.
A Cook and Her Books
This blog’s name can be explained this way: the “Cook” because, while I’m not a chef, I love to make good food for my family. “Her Books,” of course, for the packed-out bookshelves and teetering stacks in nearly every corner of my home. (The cookbook collection is around 500 books.)
When I started A Cook and Her Books, my family was young and we were at home all the time, so the food stories came easily. In those early food blogging days, I participated in a year of themed cooking challenges at Salon.com (you’ll see more of these stories in the archives). You can also find my work at Food52. And here’s what I discovered when I began telling my stories: what happens outside in the garden influenced what happened inside in my kitchen. Writers call this “telling the story behind the story,” and the more I wrote, the more I realized that the story behind the story behind the story was what truly interested me.
Serendipitously, I now have a full-time career in garden writing and I feel like I’ve found my tribe. Part of that tribe is my local Master Gardener volunteer group. (I’m a certified Master Gardener Extension volunteer, class of 2018).
My day job is writing online gardening content for The Home Depot. The opinions and content on this site are mine and do not represent my employer.
Join me in this journey as I tell a few stories and share some pictures along the way.
The pictures are my own, unless attributed to another contributor. I’m a competent, but lazy photographer and while I occasionally break out a Canon with nifty 50, my iPhone 11 ProMax usually does the job.
The conversation springing from A Cook and Her Books takes place on social media. Follow A Cook and Her Books on Facebook and Instagram to learn about what’s growing and what’s cooking at my house. You can also comment on individual stories.
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