I am so excited--- and nervous---and excited to announce that I got a book deal! Yes, a book deal. A real, hold in your hands, ohdeardrea cookbook is in the works. It's one of those *pinch me I'm dreaming* things for sure. Something that hasn't fully hit me yet. Something that makes me stop what I'm doing, smile, and go "whoa, this is real"… but something that will not fully be real until I see and feel the end result: a book in hands (and stands!). I'm excited for it. I'm nervous of all the steps working up until that final moment. I've taken on a lot of big projects for this coming year--- I've been super busy on this end and I'm only going to get busier. But for as long as I wanted this, I know that the perfect time is now. Not sooner, not later, but now. It's happening. I'm creating it now!
January 7th, 2013 I nervously promised myself a (public) two year plan: a cookbook plan. Exactly one year later, I received an email from a curious editor on my cookbook plans. It was good, it was a maybe, it was a possibly, but there was no promise or guarantee. But then! THEN! One year and a few months later, a few phones calls and emails with good (amazing) people later, the plan is in motion. I freaking did it. An envisioned dream, turned real. A plant-based book for everyone.
I'm teaming up with the fine people of The Experiment Publishing to create a 125 (!) recipe cookbook. Comfort food, healthy food, real food. Food that we love and eat here daily. Meals that are easy enough to feed toddlers and satisfying enough to please meat loving chefs ;) I've worked through so many ideas in my head. I'm scattered and rarely focused, but I'm certain that this is all coming together.
I want a focus--- a section for kids, for those of us who have them. Tips and tricks to transition curious babies to (maybe sometimes hesitant) real food eating toddlers, to kitchen helpful healthy kids and adults. Something approachable, manageable, fun, and something for those of who maybe decided in their later years, that french fries and processed foods were not and are not enough. This is something I feel passionate about----- Vegan food that isn't rabbit food, but instead---- something filling, beautiful, and something genuinely richly satisfying.
I'm excited for this year. I'm excited for next year. Thank you thank you for being here. I hope you guys love this project as much as I do :)