In 1996, I wrote Thyme in a Bottle, my autobiographical cookbook with memories and recipes from Croce’s Restaurant, published by Harper Collins. Guests to our restaurant and website who purchased the book were encouraging and I re-issued and self-published my cookbook in 1998. In 2003, the thirtieth anniversary of Jim’s passing, our son A.J., a talented singer-songwriter and accomplished pianist, and I worked together to produce the first-ever DVD of Jim Croce, “Have You Heard Jim Croce Live” and the CD “Jim Croce, Home Recordings, Americana,” distributed worldwide through Shout Factory and Sony. This project was released by CMG (Croce Music Group), which houses A.J.’s record label, Seedling Records, and my CD, DVD and Book label, Avalanche Records and Books. In 2004, we also released “Facets” worldwide, Jim’s first studio recording from 1966. In 2004, I worked with my husband Jim Rock and Deborah Ogburn to produce “Time in a Bottle,” a photographic memoir of Jim’s song, lyrics and our favorite photos. Today, PBS is airing “The Legacy of Jim Croce” with commentary by A.J. Croce and me with segments from our DVD. I have done a piece on Croce’s titled “The Soul of Food and Music” which is still airing on Full Focus on PBS as well. And, in 2005, in preparation for our second annual San Diego Restaurant Week, I wrote and financed, The San Diego Restaurant Cookbook, Recipes from America’s Finest City, released in 2006 and going into its second publication to promote San Diego’s dining scene and our annual Restaurant Week event. We are currently re-releasing my autobiographical cookbook Thyme in a Bottle for its third publication. A new Croce cookbook with my favorite restaurant recipes renewed by Croce’s Executive Chef, James Clark and paired by Croce’s GM/Sommelier Chris Miller is planned for 2008.
After all these years, Croce’s is my prize. My business passionately stokes my creative and entrepreneurial spirit and at the same time embodies my vision for family and community in a wonderful way. While it’s hard work, there’s a lot of love here at Croce’s and no limit to the good people, food, and entertainment we are able to bring to our everyday lives.