A couple of months ago, I received an email.
It was around 4 PM, during that lull in the afternoon when one contemplates devouring a carb-laden chocolate chip muffin or a handful of almonds. I chose neither, as I became instantly distracted by an unexpected message.
No, I didn’t win a free cruise on Royal Caribbean (although, how I got on their mailing list is mind boggling) and no, the mortgage fairy has not opted to pay off my house in full- it was the editors of Page Street Publishing, and their proposal, who caught my attention.
“I think we can write a great cookbook together…”
There was no one around, except the cat, who only looked up from his precious nap to blink. Twice.
So, here’s the deal: I proceeded with caution.
I’ve had offers in the past. A good handful of offers to be exact, but they never felt right. I contemplated revealing the details in the sentences to follow, wondering if someone out there has had a similar experience. The publishing world is foreign to me. But my instincts told me otherwise, to keep the details anonymous, in fear of unintentionally burning my bridges somehow. You just never know.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the recognition.
But as enticing as it all sounded, a cookbook displayed at Barnes and Nobles nestled in between Ina and Mario, I just couldn’t commit.
So, now what?
What I want, is to expand into something tangible. Something that you can feel in your hands, take to bed at night and get lost- spills, stains and all.
You’re talking to the girl who only watched cooking shows when she was little (Frugal Gourmet, anyone?), walked out of her corporate job to go to culinary school (best decision ever), and wakes up in the middle of the night to feed her sourdough starter because she just can’t bare the thought of spaghetti and meat sauce without fresh bread for dunking.
It has to be right.
And that time is now.
For the past 2 months, I’ve been cooking, writing, styling and photographing my very first cookbook!
I chose to keep it a secret at first, sort of like finding out that you’re pregnant; you’re excited, but not ready to announce.
And the book writing process has been great so far.
Initially, I thought my publisher (which by the way is a division of Macmillan- they published my elementary school textbooks, OK?!) was going to be like: “Here’s your book deal, go write it, and then we’ll change the entire thing.”
But my experience has been quite the opposite.
It’s very much a collaborative effort. And I wasn’t expecting that. I can also tell you that writing a cookbook has been a true test of my discipline as well. There’s no time for excuses. You dive right in, regardless of less than ‘ideal’ conditions.
Please… you know about my oven with the hook, right? Ugh.
And so, as much as I want to disclose more about the book, that would be very anticlimactic.
But I will tell you this- there will be a picture for every recipe. You will learn something valuable. And most of all, the pages will reflect who I am.
My cookbook will be published in Spring 2016.
In the meantime, I invite you to join me on this incredible, exciting and nerve-wracking journey!