I can't agree more that it's her choice, and she should be free to make it. People have an absolute right to call themselves anything they want to. I remember having tremendous battles over this issue years ago when Ali changed his name. Even a little fisticuffs, if memory serves.
And of course it's been a fighting issue in the Women's Rights movement from time to time in the past, although that battle seems to have been settled.
As a reader and a fan, though, I like knowing why authors choose to do things. I've done a little research since Oliver took me to task for speculating, and found that she's used a number of variations in her name over the past several years, most often "Andrea Immer", but also "Andrea Immer Robinson", "Andrea Robinson" and on her website until just today just plain "Andrea".
I noticed the change primarily because I just signed up for one of her intensive courses on wine at the French Culinary Institute; yesterday her bio was "Andrea Immer", today it's "Andrea Robinson". That made me look more closely at her website; I'm pretty sure it was changed from "Andrea" to "Andrea Robinson" within the past two days.
I'll be very interested in seeing how she signs her next book and the one after that.
I don't know much about the winery she and her husband have purchased. Her July newsletter gave us this much info:
"Just call me Farmer Andrea. It won't happen to us, I remember saying many times to friends and neighbors here in wine country. And they'd always laugh. The [???? -- broken characters in the newsletter] was yielding to the yen to make our own wine, or even to own a vineyard. We always said ohhh there's lots of great wine out there and we don't need any new challenges or headache -- yadda yadda. Well, guess what? We are now the proud owners of a lovely Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. It makes absolutely delicious wine and I am looking forward to bottling a small amount as a vineyard-designate for friends and family. So I am adding crop reports and fermentation science journals to my stack of nightly reading. But I'm stopping here: no bed & breakfast business for us! And I'll keep you posted on how the grapes are doing."
Isn't it nice how her personality shines through in even such a simple little announcement. She's a very classy person.
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