Washed Away

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Most of you reading this are already aware of the devastating flood that washed away The Culinary Cellar.  But I know that many of my readers are not on social media and are unaware of what happened, so this is for you.  I will have a future blog with many more photos and more explanation, but for now I just wanted you to know that I am sorry to be ignoring your emails wondering where I am.  Now you will know why.

Almost all of the thousands of cookbooks are gone.  Only a handful are left and we are attempting to dry them out.  There is so much more to explain and tell you, but I am afraid I am simply too worn out to go into all the details now.  I’ll come back as soon as I can.  But know this –  This Culinary Cellar may be gone, but another will take its place.  We already have new plans.  I can’t wait to tell you about those too.

13 Responses to Washed Away

  1. Barb Spigner July 19, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Hoping clean-up is coming along well ! So much you had/have to do quickly because time is of the essence.

    • Debbie July 19, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks, Barb. The clean-up crews are here yet again doing a great job. It’s not over by a long shot, but going well and steadily. Thank you again for taking some of the books to help dry out. I appreciate it more than I can say.

  2. L July 19, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I keep hoping to get a glimpse of William’s book among the debris….

    • Debbie July 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

      Lisa, I never stopped looking for Will’s book. I’m heartbroken that it is gone. It’s one of the books I will miss the most.

  3. Kim Marsden July 19, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    It has been heart breaking to see your posts/photos on social media of all those cookbooks, recipe cards, and magazines covered by water and mud, and YET, so encouraging to see little glimpses of your treasured survivors. Wish I could fly over to help with the clean up but sending lots of love and prayers.

    • Debbie July 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

      Thank you so much, Kim. I can feel the love and prayers coming from you across the country.

  4. Madonna July 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m still in shock and so sad about what’s been lost. While the first Culinary Cellar can never be replaced, I’m glad there’s going to be a new Culinary Cellar. Sending hugs to you and Bill and Kristina.

    • Debbie July 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

      Thanks, Madonna. I have no idea how long it will take to make the new Culinary Cellar, but I would love if you could come and see it when it’s done.

      • Madonna July 20, 2017 at 8:21 am #

        I will. I promise.

  5. Cliff July 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    They look well marinated. It happened to Mom in Elmhurst three times… Good luck with your labors.

    • Debbie July 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

      Cliff, I like well-marinated rather than soaked in mud water.

  6. Denise Hair July 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to see this. Devestatiing… (I was hoping you were in Paris.)

    • Debbie July 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

      Thanks, Denise. No Paris. The Cellar will be re-built, book by book.

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