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A Taste of Croatia Paperback – December 1, 2007
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About the Author
A fearless foodie, a fair-weather sailor and a tireless traveler, A Taste of Croatia author, Karen Evenden has been fascinated with food, its history and preparation since childhood. At the age of 17, her curiosity for food was rewarded with a Betty Crocker scholarship to study Home Economics at Cornell University. Since then she has pursued a variety of vocations and avocations in a number of hometowns across America and abroad. Underlying each phase of her experience-filled life, food and travel have remained primary passions. In 1990 her long-term interest in food became her career. She opened The Galley Slave, a cooking school and kitchen store in Seattle, WA. For more than six years, she developed and presented hundreds of cooking classes, followed the trends in American dining preferences and shared the pleasures of her customer's expanded culinary skill and adventures. But then serious competition developed when Sur la Table opened nearby. Change was inevitable. However, change often creates new opportunities and within 18 months, she was off sailing with her newly retired husband in the sunny Mediterranean. From the fall of 1997 to the beginning of summer 2000, they explored France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Then on the 1st day of summer in 2000, they arrived in Dubrovnik. When they checked into Croatia, they did not know if they would stay a day, a week or a month. Never did they consider that their visit would last for more than three years. It did not take long for Croatia to seduce them. The Croatian cruising lifestyle was magic...a seemingly endless choice of protected coves, charming medieval villages, fascinating farmer s markets, a rich and potent history and a generous and welcoming people. However, even good things come to an end. After seven years of cruising, the yearning for a land-based community encouraged Karen and Bill to search for a home in sun-drenched southern California. Once again, good fortune was theirs...they found a small ranch in California s beautiful and productive Ojai Valley. Today, the boat is sold and they are no longer retired. Karen and Bill are farmers and artisanal entrepreneurs...nurturing their land to produce Mediterranean inspired crops: walnuts, Ojai Pixie tangerines, lavender and olives. Bill works the land and Karen receives endless pleasure in their rural lifestyle; helping to grow the crops, refine the products, develop recipes and write about food.