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Dinner with Carol Gregson, author of the new memoir, ‘Wet Socks’

Carol Gregson listens patiently to her #3 son, Kent, while she tries to wash asparagus for dinner on April 20.

Carol Gregson listens patiently to her #3 son, Kent, while she tries to wash asparagus for dinner on April 20. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Carol asked me to preview her book and write a testimonial for the back cover, a “blurb” as we officially call it in the publishing business. I was honored to be among other notables with my words on the back of “Wet Socks,” alongside my radio professor and mentor Dan Berggren, Crandall Public Library Folklife Center Director Todd DeGarmo, Blue Line Magazine founder Alice Wolf Gilborn and local author Bibi Wein.

Here was my blurb: “Plan A: Read ‘Leaky Boots.’ Plan B: Read ‘Wet Socks.’ Be prepared to enjoy Carol Gregson’s latest memoir. She’s an expert storyteller. ‘Wet Socks’ is classic Carol; she left me wanting more, much more. Now I have a hankering to hang out with Carol, share a box of red wine, a few stories, two bowls of stroganoff and a crust of bread. It’s that good.”

Unfortunately, there were too many testimonial writers using delicious food references in their blurbs. Carol’s powerful stories about cooking were so mesmerizing that we couldn’t help but get hungry after reading the book. Perhaps placing the recipes toward the front instead of the back of the book would have prevented this. Still, someone had to change their blurb, but it wasn’t Todd DeGarmo:

“I want to be like Carol Gregson when I grow up. In her new book, ‘Wet Socks,’ she whips up a generous serving of her life’s stories with the warmth, humor, and that twinkling spark Carol always sneaks in. It’s a bit like indulging in a creamy, comforting egg salad sandwich, with a good shot of mustard and horseradish to make you take notice.”

Wow, that was pretty good, Todd. The blurb itself made me hungry, although I’d swap out the egg and put in some chicken, but still, I liked it. Thanks for making it so good. I had to rewrite my blurb because of you:

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