Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
Some 20 years ago, when Cheryl and Bill Jamison were writing travel guides, they took on a project that became The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook. It was intended to be a one-time fling into the world of food writing, but plans are made for changing.
The Jamisons went on to be among the first authors to take the fun of barbecue and grilling seriously. Their books on the subject include The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining, Born to Grill, and the landmark Smoke & Spice,which has sold more than 1 million copies. The Jamisons also have played a leading role in the revival of good, robust American cooking with American Home Cooking, Texas Home Cooking, A Real American Breakfast, and The Border Cookbook. Their latest book, Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Distinctive Home Cooking, was made an official project of New Mexico's Centennial Foundation this year.
Cheryl and Bill Jamison have become among the nation's most lauded writers, with four James Beard awards, an IACP award, and numerous other honors to their credit. They've penned enough books and articles on food and travel to endow a small library, all the while living out nearly everyone's fantasies about travel and food. Their book Around the World in 80 Dinners: The Ultimate Culinary Adventure, is a great example. The couple cashed in 440,000 frequent-flyer miles to spend three months traveling the globe in search of great food.
Cheryl is contributing culinary editor to New Mexico Magazine, where she also writes a blog called Tasting NM. She consults too on culinary tourism for the New Mexico Tourism Department, as well as on outdoor kitchen design in partnership with interior designer Barbara Templeman, through their business insideOUTsantafe. Cheryl serves as board president of Cooking with Kids in Santa Fe, one of the country's first programs that connected kids with good food and addressed getting good food into our schools. She was named recipient of the University of Illinois's alumni achievement award in 2007. Bill is retired from saving the world and keeps their lives in order from their home just outside of Santa Fe. They tend a small flock of chickens with outsized personalities that lay many colors of eggs.
Another Jamison book is on the way, just in time for 2013's grill season, 100 Grill Recipes You can't Live Without (Harvard Common Press).