Last year at Eat.Drink.Blog, the Australian food blogger conference, I met Melbourne-based Sandra Reynolds of The $120 Dollar Food Challenge, who held the audience spellbound as she recounted how a dire situation led to food blogging and a cookbook deal. Recently, we spoke further about her career and her struggle to support herself:
Q. In February 2010, you left your job as a public servant and had to figure out how to feed yourself and your two teenage children.
A. I went to the Salvation Army and they gave me two $60 food vouchers designed to last two weeks. And it started from there.
I went on Facebook to complain to my friends that I only had $60 to feed my family. My friends started asking what I could cook. I sent them recipes, and then someone said, ’91You could start a blog.’
Q. How did you know what to do?
A. I’d read a couple. A friend of mine had me write a few posts for