When I decided that I wanted to have a virtual book tour for Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free, one of my first thoughts was, “I have to have Ann Taylor Pittman on the show.”
Ann and I worked together at Cooking Light, her as an Executive Editor and I as a fellow. Something about Ann’s generous spirit made it easy to gravitate towards, even with her big title. I don’t know how it started, probably because I would deliver her mail, but I would often go into her office to tell some crazy story or to just vent.
When my contract wasn’t renewed at Time Inc., she was one of the first people I told. After the print side of the magazine folded, her Instagram bio read, “Currently, working on Plan B.” As someone who was so much the heart and soul of a singular publication, I knew I wanted her to share her story with the Babe Cave community.
That is until technology really was not on our side. After two separate occasions to record interviews, which had audio mysteriously cut out entirely, recorded what wasn’t supposed to be recorded, didn’t record when it clearly said it was recording, and then files didn’t save all together through a web-based recording site that will remain nameless.
I’m going to be honest, I felt defeated and embarrassed that I had spent so much of Ann’s incredibly precious time on something that wouldn’t bear any fruit. Ann joked that this just meant that she probably shouldn’t be on my episode.
If nothing else, this made me even more determined to share Ann’s story. So, I chose the tidbits and larger pieces that made me fall in love with this magazine veteran, cookbook author and James Beard award-winning writer all over again.
We’ll dive into the importance of starting at the bottom and working your way to the top, how one phrase from an elementary kid sent Ann halfway around the world, and the passionate commitment that comes from serving a dedicated readership for 20 years.
And I promise, that this will not be the last time you hear the words of Ann Taylor Pittman on Babe Cave. I owe her a bottle of bourbon and all of the thanks in the world.
Welcome to The Reincarnated Book Tour: 3 Things with Ann Taylor Pittman.