I have the pleasure to announce the birth of…my cookbook, The Warm Kitchen! I have two children and I remember how I felt during pregnancy, labor and birth. In the beginning I was enthusiastic but of course, it felt very long and drawn out. When my water broke with my first child, I was so excited (as I felt just at the end when the book was ready to be printed) and then labor hit. Wow, that was hard (as was the process of actually getting it printed and delivered). But then it was over and I had a baby. I was so happy to show him off. And again, there’s another similarity. Now that the book has been out for about 2 weeks, I’m glowing. It’s still an adjustment (working on signings, demos, interviews, etc) but it’s been worth it.
I assume you don’t want any more details about the birth of my children, but I thought I would take you through some of the process of the book. People have asked me how long it took; almost 3 years. Initially, I just wanted to write a cookbook. I had met with a designer and we had started (pre-emptively in hindsight) organizing the book and creating a bit of a template. Since I am a cooking instructor, I wanted something that would be a tool for people, not just a group of recipes. I picked up a cookbook once and the first step was “Cook the chicken.” All I could think about was, how could you tell someone to just cook the chicken?? There’s so much more! Regardless of the subject matter, I knew details would be important.
Between raising my kids (always my number one priority), taking photos, writing recipes, having them tested, approving layouts and edits, and much more…well, you can see why it took almost 3 years. So, I’m finally here. It’s done. I’m happy. I have been told the book is “gorgeous” and “looks very professional.” People love the photos and the recipes. It’s all been worth it. Now, I get to show off my new “baby” while the rest of my family also enjoys the accolades. It’s super cute to have my children be proud of me and my accomplishments. One of the funniest things they said to me was “we are lucky because mama is going to give us a cookbook. For free!” Yes, children. I will. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I truly hope you enjoy the book, whether or not you eat gluten-free.