Episode 78: How Do Cookbooks Make Us Feel?
Episode 78: How Do Cookbooks Make Us Feel?

Have you ever thought about how your meals, baked goods, recipes, and books make others feel? Because really, that’s why most people interact with food, cooking, recipes, books – to feel better. 

I had an experience recently with my son’s friend who wants to eat a better breakfast before she heads to school so that she isn’t starving at lunch. Plus, she wants to fuel her day with a healthy breakfast. She recently traveled and was amazed at the simple hotel breakfast of yogurt, granola, and berries. This summarizes her desire and goal. 

So she thought she’d try to have some granola and yogurt for breakfast. She headed to Kroger and bought granola – a box of a national brand. So excited the next morning, she fixed her breakfast and was excited as she tasted the granola. It wasn’t anything like the hotel granola from her trip. Also, she found the store-bought granola tasted too sweet and hard to chew. It even scraped the top of her mouth, like she had eaten a bunch of sugary candy. She said she felt more unhealthy eating it. So she looked in the natural food section for a small batch brand. There were several that looked good, but it was 4x the price of the national brand. She didn’t feel like she had the budget for boutique brands of granola, but she loves the idea of granola. This is her problem or unmet need and her feelings about this problem.

She knew that every few weeks, we make a homemade batch of granola. She had been at our house and seen us in our kitchen, making granola. This is our cooking habit. And since we have our recipe was written down (this is our writing habit), we were able to share our recipe along with some tips for success so that she could make her own granola. This is how we help people meet their desires, reach their goals, and solve their problems. 

She made the granola the next day she texted me to say how much her family loved it. And she loved it! She felt accomplished and successful in the kitchen. And she was excited to have her granola and yogurt for wholesome breakfast. This is a positive result with positive emotions as a result. 

And, here’s the best part – she trusts us as a provider of not only recipes but making her feel better. That’s the goal because when our people feel better, they want not just your recipes, but how you made them feel.

This is why we buy cookbooks too. They make us feel better! They help us learn. They have a lot of beautiful features, and many benefits, but the bottom line is cookbooks promise a better feeling. They are a benefit not a burden. 

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Episode 77: Interview with Personal Chef and Cookbook Writer Elizabeth Weaver
Episode 77: Interview with Personal Chef and Cookbook Writer Elizabeth Weaver

Owner and Chef, Elizabeth H. Weaver is a Marietta Native, a fourth-generation Marietta girl to be exact. Her southern roots can be found in many areas of her cooking. But don’t peg her as strictly a southern cook. Building your perfect bite is her true goal.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy. Her culinary training began at age 13 when her mom decided it was time for her to plan and prepare one meal a week for her family. From there she has read and studied about food as often as possible. Cookbooks are great novels that Chef Elizabeth savors.

For the last 29 years she has worked for Cobb County Cultural Affairs Division and has directed dozens of musical theatre productions. All during this time food was interwoven in her work life. It might be preparing meals for a dinner theatre, hors d’oeurves for a gallery opening or relieving the stress of the day by baking at home. Her arts career also makes her an excellent event planner and has given Chef Elizabeth the ability to think outside of the box.

Chef Elizabeth’s food will remind you of home with a twist. She promises to help you regain time with your family, eat better and in the end enjoy life more by using her service

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Episode 76: Being a Cookbook Writer: How to Learn New Things
Episode 76: Being a Cookbook Writer: How to Learn New Things

One of the foundational things I teach to all my students inside the Cookbook Writers Academy is the concept of Being a Cookbook Writer. Part of  “being a cookbook writer” (who gets their cookbook published) is your habits. And last week we talked all about the habit of cooking, and writing, and using your kitchen as your laboratory.  This means that you are most likely either cooking (or baking) and writing a lot during the pre-publication phase of writing a cookbook.

Another foundational part of being a cookbook writer is your willingness to learn new things and to teach yourself new things. And that’s what I want to talk about.

Every day I’m amazed at technology. We have so many opportunities to teach ourselves how to send a newsletter, write a blog, self-publish our cookbooks, run a webinar, set up a sales page, or start a podcast. And as a cookbook writer, there is so much more to learn.

The world is a frontier of knowledge, and our brains have an unlimited capacity to learn. There is so much we can teach ourselves about writing, cooking/baking, or being a cookbook writer.

So how do we get better at… writing? Cooking? Baking? Learning new thing? (fill in the blank with whatever you want to teach yourself about)?

Here are 20 ways to teach yourself new things and enhance your learning:

  1. Decide to take control and learn about…
  2. Read — a lot.
  3. Be curious.
  4. Watch how-to videos.
  5. Thirst for knowledge.
  6. Don’t just wonder about stuff – find out and then practice.
  7. Carry a physical or e-Book with you at all times.
  8. Carry a notebook and pen. Take notes — document what’s new or exciting.
  9. Write a short story about what you are learning.
  10. Challenge yourself to learn new things.
  11. Eat good food for brain fuel: fruits, veggies, nuts, fish.
  12. Exercise to generate increased endorphins help cognition and a feeling of well-being.
  13. Order your environment (desk, pantry, closets).
  14. Read about new ideas before you go to bed.
  15. Focus, focus, focus on what you want to learn.
  16. Have a regular and disciplined routine.
  17. Devote time and energy to learning.
  18. Be resilient – it’s the root of success in life.
  19. Do more than you are required to do.
  20. Read an encyclopedia version of what you want to learn then ask yourself how I could teach this to an elementary school student?

Let’s embrace 2020 at the year to teach ourselves something new.

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Episode 75: Being a Cookbook Writer: Habits of a Cooking or Baking
Episode 75: Being a Cookbook Writer: Habits of a Cooking or Baking

One of the foundational things I teach to students inside the Cookbook Writers Academy is the concept of Being a Cookbook Writer. What this means is that we have to think, feel, and act like a cookbook author even before we have a publishing contract.

One part of “being a cookbook writer” (some who gets their cookbook published) is your willingness to learn new things. We talked about that in a previous issue of FPS. 

Today, let’s talk about habits, specifically our habits of cooking, writing and using our kitchens as a laboratory for our projects. Your daily habits as a cook, baker, and writer drive your cookbook project. If you don’t cook, bake, or write, you project stalls. If you cook, bake, and write your project moves forward. It’s time to think about your habits and how they affect your project. 

Here’s the best news: We can build or create new habits as cooks, bakers, and writers. We can decide to create recipes and write content for our cookbook projects. Or we don’t. The choice is up to us.

Part of my secret to success as a published cookbook author is that I use my kitchen-time as my laboratories where I  can develop cookbook concept ideas, recipes, and stories.  

Evaluate Current Cooking or Baking Habits:  For the next week, write down everything you do in your kitchen. Describe what you consistently do every day in your kitchen. Make a pot of coffee, write it down. Make sandwiches for the kid’s lunches, write it down. Scramble an egg. Make a smoothie. Fire up the Instant Pot. Write it all down.

Decide to Create New Habits of Build On What You Already Do: After a week, be honest with yourself. If you want to write a cookbook, do your habits as a cook, support the work you’ll need to do to cook and create recipes? If yes, great! If no, there’s room for creating some habits. 

Set Up a Cooking Notebook:  I record everything in a notebook. For 2020 I started a new notebook. 

Evaluate What You Have: The first thing I do in a new notebook is to write down everything I have in my pantry or freezer that I want to use as a main course for a meal — meat in the freezer, eggs or tofu in the refrigerator, pasta or beans in the pantry.  

Pick a Consistent Day to Plan: I do this on Wednesday, but you can pick the day that works best for you.

Plan Your Next Week: Plan your next week ahead of time. The purpose of this plan is to know what you will be cooking or baking on any given day when you head into your kitchen you know the menu and you have the ingredients on hand to cook or bake. The truth is if this is what we are asking our cookbook readers to do, so there’s no better way to communicate your message to readers that to live what

Episode 74: Cookbook Writing Appreciation
Episode 74: Cookbook Writing Appreciation

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my life as a cookbook writer and how much I appreciate what being a cookbook writer has done for my life. I’ve traveled to new places, met amazing cooks and bakers, sat at the table with other amazing authors, and had the opportunity to speak about writing cookbooks. I’ve been able to be creative, help others feel better, and have more fun and success in the kitchen. This is also so much what I want for you and for my cookbook writing students.

The secret to an ability to generate ideas and create the words for recipes and cookbooks, I believe flows from a  state of appreciation and love for our lives just as they are. It’s like appreciation for our lives, our circumstances, and our opportunity to even write a book is the switch to the fun, energetic, and sparkly part of our brains. 

And when we are operating from a state of non-appreciation (or what I also like to call lack-i-tude) there is never enough. Never enough time, ideas, energy, money, or assistance for us to reach our cookbook writing goals. We find ourselves strive, search, and chase, and we never catch up. Lack-i-tude has us in a hole and we’re trying to see to the top of the hole and catch a glimpse of the light. 

So today, I thought it would be fun to focus on the appreciation of cookbook writing and being a cookbook writer. My message to all of my students is that they don’t need to be published, or have a publishing contract to be a cookbook writer. They can decide to commit to dream of writing a cookbook, and become the writer that a publisher loves to work with.

So, let’s think about how we immerse ourselves in Cookbook Writing Appreciation (like a view from the top of a mountain) vs Cookbook Writing Lack-i-tude (with a view from deep in a hole).

Appreciation for the gift of life and that we are here to be able to write a cookbook.

Appreciation for the capability and a brain to make decisions.

Appreciation for the education to learn about recipes, cookbooks, writing, publisher, and agents.

Appreciation for our individual food cultures.

Appreciation for the possibility that we can become cookbook authors.

Appreciation for the cookbook publishers who create beautiful books.

Appreciation for the family and friends who have supported us along the way.

Appreciation for the people engaged with what we create in the kitchen or on our blogs.

Appreciation for the opportunity to create a tangible book.

Appreciation for creativity, and access to the sparkly part of our brains.

Appreciation for our basic human needs being met.

Appreciation for the ability to invest in what we deem valuable.

Appreciation to decide if we want to move forward with a cookbook project or not.

Appreciation for the capacity to love others and let the energy of our

Episode 73: Interview with Author and Cooking Expert Peter Hertzmann
Episode 73: Interview with Author and Cooking Expert Peter Hertzmann

Hi and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I feature an interview with author and cookbook collector and self-proclaimed autodidactic polymath, Peter Hertzmann. Peter has been the creator, author, and illustrator of the e-zine à la carte since its inception in 1999.  He is also the author of 50 Ways to Cook a Carrot and Knife Skills Illustrated. Peter is passionate about teaching people from all walks of life the skills that will enable them to cook almost anything. His obsession and life-long interest in cooking and culinary traditions goes back to the early 1970s and for him, cooking is not just a matter of preparing recipes, it is a total immersion in all things food. As he writes in his e-zine: “I’m obsessive. All my life, when something interested me, I became obsessed with it. I learned all I could about it. I lived it! 

For most of his adult life, my interest was Chinese cookery—its preparation, materials, history, politics, and culture. Besides learning all he could about Chinese food and culture, he became involved with Chinese-American organizations and studied Chinese-American food, history, and culture. He collected English-language Chinese cookbooks and eventually amassed one of the largest collections in the world. (The books are now part of the Pond-Hertzmann Collection at the University of California at Davis.)

Then one fall, during an eight-day trip to Paris—his first—he had an epiphany – that he wouldn’t be able to proceed with my education unless he spent a lot of time in France and learned to at least read some French. In the following two years, he started doing just that. As he was obsessed with Chinese cookery, he is now obsessive with French cookery—its preparation, materials, history, politics, and culture. His e-zine a la carte is part of that obsession.

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Episode 72: 10 Questions To Gauge Your Perseverance in Cookbook Writing
Episode 72: 10 Questions To Gauge Your Perseverance in Cookbook Writing

Welcome to this episode today as we talk about perseverance as cooks, bakers, writers, and podcasters. 

We live in a world where we want everything quick. Better yet, how about immediate, fast, and tomorrow is too late. In an instant-ramen-noodle-style life, we don’t want to wait, work hard, or feel challenged. We just want results.

The truth is that most book projects are more like making a batch of chicken stock than they are like instant ramen noodles. Stock can’t be rushed if we want excellent results. To make the best stock we have to be willing to let the ingredients simmer and allow the heat to extract the flavor and gelatin from the bones. The results are worth the time and effort of preparing stock the correct way.

Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite delay or difficulty in achieving success. Making the commitment to anything new provides fuel to get you started. When you sign a publishing contract, you commit to completing a manuscript. When you launch an online program, you see it through in spite of any difficulties you may encounter. Ask anyone who is in the middle of a book-writing project, or launching a new program, and they will tell you that determination and persistence, aka perseverance, drives them toward the finish line.

You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance. – Lou Holtz

While researching material for this podcast I created a set of questions based on qualities that are present in individuals who persevere. With those in mind, and using my experiences with book and work projects (and marriage and raising children!), I added more qualities that I’ve found to be helpful for perseverance. So get a piece of paper and a pen and here are the questions you can ask yourself!

  1. Do you feel resilient?  When you come upon a challenge or setback in a project, you may feel defeated. The choice is now yours: you can quit or bounce back and keep trying.
  2. Do you ask for help if you’re stuck? Feeling supported and connected in the achievement of your goal help you persevere m. Seek out role models or mentors that you can turn to when you have questions.
  3. Do you practice self-compassion? Take it easy on yourself if you make a mistake. Avoid negative thoughts about setbacks and do give yourself a misstep. Practice positive self-talk and get yourself back on track to completion.
  4. Do you accept that uncertainty of the outcome is a reality? Surrender to the fact that you can’t control a lot of what happens in your life. Focus on what you can control – your hard work and effort.
  5. Do you maintain a sense of humor? There’s a time to be serious and strict, but be sure you balance that with the ability to laugh at yourself and your mistakes and move on.
  6. Are you a mindful person? Focus on today, and the hour
Episode 71 l Cookbooks from 1920-1940
Episode 71 l Cookbooks from 1920-1940

Welcome to 2020! And the first episode of the podcast recorded in 2020. Today I had fun sharing with you a passage written by Anne Mendelson and published in the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink about cookbooks and manuscripts from 1920-1940. At that time, many cookbooks were still focused on all-purpose tomes that covered many aspects of not just cookery but domestic and home economics, but as we learn from Anne, cookbooks started to evolve during the early 20th century even into books that people enjoyed to read and use as armchair cooks and travelers. 

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Episode 70 l Interview with Cookbook Collector, Author, and Former Television Producer Cynthia Graubart
Episode 70 l Interview with Cookbook Collector, Author, and Former Television Producer Cynthia Graubart

Hi everyone and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast.

Cynthia Graubart is a food writer, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most recently the author of her 8th cookbook, Sunday Suppers for Oxmoor House. Graubart is passionate about food – from researching its origins, writing recipes, teaching technique, to bringing families together at the table. What began as a small number of cookbooks to help me learn the basics, grew into a large research library of 4,000 volumes. While it is a general collection, I do have a sub-specialty in Southern cookbooks. I also have a collection of 500 community cookbooks, about 300 of which are from the state of Georgia and predate 1980. In this interview, we talk about community cookbooks, Junior League cookbook, Cynthia’s experience producing television, cooking, and writing cookbooks.

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Episode 69 l Interview with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Cookbook Author Angela Grassi
Episode 69 l Interview with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Cookbook Author Angela Grassi

Hi everyone and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I have a fun interview with Angela Grassi. Angela Grassi, MS, RDN, LDN is an internationally known nutrition and health expert on PCOS. Named one of the Top 10 Incredible RDNs making a difference by Today’s Dietitian, Angela’s knowledge, warmth, and charisma have made her the go-to nutritionist for women with PCOS. She provides nutrition consultations in person, phone or online to women around the world. Having PCOS herself, Angela knows how challenging living with this condition can be. She has dedicated her career to being on the leading-edge of helping women with PCOS improve their health and their lives through evidence-based nutrition. Angela is the co-author of The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook: 100 Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes To Beat PCOS and the bestselling, The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health. Angela’s other book, PCOS: The Dietitian’s Guide, now in its second edition, is the most comprehensive evidence-based nutrition resource available for PCOS. Today on the podcast we talk about Angela’s love of cookbooks and why she decided to set up her own self-publishing company, and how she self-published her very own cookbook, The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook.

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Episode 68 l Interview with Baker and Cookbook Writer Tina Zaccardi
Episode 68 l Interview with Baker and Cookbook Writer Tina Zaccardi

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I’m excited to share an interview with cookbook collector and baker Tina Zaccardi. Tina is a mom, wife, NY Yankee fan, and competitive self-taught baker. Tina is also the winner of Season 4 Holiday Edition of The Great American Baking Show. Yes, she spent some time last fall in “The Tent”!  Tina has been baking for as long as she can remember, but it’s only within the past few years that this has become a passion. For Tina, baking is about making others happy! Today on the show we talk about Tina’s favorite baking cookbooks, some traditional Italian cookies, and the role of photography in cookbooks for providing visual clues about baked goods with which we are unfamiliar.

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Episode 67 l Cookbook Publishing Possibility
Episode 67 l Cookbook Publishing Possibility

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. I’m excited to talk to you today about Cookbook Publishing Possibility. Last week we talked about Cookbook Writing Possibility. Did you know there is a better way – that it’s possible you could write a cookbook? You could possibly document your recipes, stories, knowledge, menus memories in a way that you can create a book – a tangible, portable, and potentially profitable record of your recipes that helps other people. That is Cookbook Writing Possibility.  This week I want to talk about Cookbook Publishing Possibility and the 5 ways that you can get your recipes and stories published. My goal today is to highlight the differences between writing a book and getting it published, 

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Episode 66 l Cookbook Writing Possibility
Episode 66 l Cookbook Writing Possibility

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. I’m excited to talk to you today about Cookbook Writing Possibility. First, I want everyone who is a cook or baker to pay attention here. If you are the go-to person for a cake for the office party, a winning pot of chili for the chili cook or, or a killer appetizer for the neighborhood progressive dinner, I’m talking to you. Because I suspect, that if that is the case people want and ask for your recipes. You dream them up. You dazzle people with food. And you share your recipes. All well and good. I’m not arguing with that at all. But then you may think, I need to share these good recipes in a way that more people can access them. So you start a blog. OK, truth time. I did the same thing. I started a blog in 2009. It was called From My Kitchen Table. I learned a few things. I strongly disliked Food Photography. And writing the content for the blog was an infinite job and I had nothing to show for all my work. And, my recipes we stuck online in a google search among the millions of other Google searches. So this is maybe where you are today. Maybe you have a blog, or maybe you’re starting about writing one? Did you know there is a better way – that it’s possible you could write a cookbook? You could possibly document your recipes, stories, knowledge, menus memories in a way that you can create a book – a tangible, portable, and potentially profitable record of your recipes that helps other people. That is Cookbook Writing Possibility. You could do this. I did it and you can too. So what’s involved in Cookbook Writing Possibility? Head on over to the show and listen in. 

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Episode 65 l Thanksgiving 2019 and Abundance
Episode 65 l Thanksgiving 2019 and Abundance

November and Thanksgiving are upon us! And in this episode of the podcast, I’m doing something a little bit different. Today I use my first cookbook, Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, to talk about seasonal eating and cooking here in KY this time of year, and talk a bit about goetta, a breakfast specialty item popular in Northern Kentucky. I also dive into Thanksgiving and share 4 recipes from my book for Carl’s Pendennis Club Punch, Roasted Brined Turkey, Bread Dressing, and Peggy’s Corn Pudding. Recipes can be found on the show notes page.

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Episode 64 l Interview with Holly Berfield of Book Cook Look
Episode 64 l Interview with Holly Berfield of Book Cook Look

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I’m excited to have an interview with Holly Berfield. Holly is a photographer who embarked on a project several years ago in an effort to read more, cook more, and look for more beauty in the every day. The result of this project is her Instagram feed and blog where Holly creates inspired photos and recipes after she reads both fiction and non-fiction books.

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Episode 63 l It’s Time to Talk November and Thanksgiving!
Episode 63 l It’s Time to Talk November and Thanksgiving!

November and Thanksgiving are upon us! And in this episode of the podcast, I’m doing something a little bit different. Today I use my first cookbook, Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, to talk about seasonal eating and cooking here in KY this time of year, and talk a bit about goetta, a breakfast specialty item popular in Northern Kentucky. I also dive into Thanksgiving and share 4 recipes from my book for Carl’s Pendennis Club Punch, Roasted Brined Turkey, Bread Dressing, and Peggy’s Corn Pudding. Recipes can be found on the show notes page.

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Episode 62 l Inspiration For Cookbook Writing: Take Time to Ask Your Brain
Episode 62 l Inspiration For Cookbook Writing: Take Time to Ask Your Brain

When we have a question the first thing many of us do is turn to Google.

Google will tell us the answer.

Google is amazing, but for finding answers that will help us grow and expand, we have to turn to our brains.

My business coach teaches that the secret to anything “better” is better questions – the type of question that inspires high-quality results.

When I ask my brain questions I jot the answers in Google Keep, or my iPhone notes app. If I’m in the car or on a walk I’ll even record the answers on my iPhone. When I’m near my notebook and have a pen, well that’s my favorite spot to answer.

Today I want to share some questions for you to consider. Take time to ask. Your brain knows the answer.

  • What do I need to think and feel so that I can make decisions like a writer who wants to find and pitch a publisher?
  • What does my life or book project look like if I didn’t procrastinate or self-sabotage my project?
  • What do I want to believe about finding a publisher for my cookbook?
  • How could my days or weeks change for the better if I got a grip on my schedule and stopped believing I don’t have time?
  • How could I make pitching a publisher so easy that they couldn’t do anything but offer me a contract?
  • What can I think, feel, and then do to inspire cooks or bakers into action?
  • What new and fun opportunities will I have as a result of being the author of a print cookbook?
  • What thoughts about my cookbook project make me feel inspired? How can I inspire a publisher to take action with me and on my idea?
  • What do I need to think to feel more confident as a cookbook writer?
  • What does my perfect day as a cookbook writer look like? What needs to happen to create that day? 
  • Do I have to have a perfect day to move forward with my project? 

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Episode 61 l Fall 2019 Cookbooks with Jenny Hartin of Eat Your Books
Episode 61 l Fall 2019 Cookbooks with Jenny Hartin of Eat Your Books

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I feature an interview with Jenny Hartin the publicity director for Eat Your Books and founder of The Cookbook Junkies. Jenny is here today to talk about exciting cookbooks coming up for Fall 2019, her new book, 101 Things to Do with a Bundt Pan, trends in cookbook concepts, and what Jenny’s seeing in cookbook design.

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Episode 60 l Interview with Collector & Author Marcy Goldman
Episode 60 l Interview with Collector & Author Marcy Goldman

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I feature an interview with Marcy Goldman of BetterBaking.com. March collected cookbooks since she was about 8 and started cooking (the Time-Life Good Cook and foods of the World, Joy of Cooking were here go-to’s). She always wrote and always cooked/baked and so her interest in cookbooks extends to how food is described in books (and portrayed in films too). She loves cookbooks (Julia Child, James Beard, MFK Fisher) that have a ‘voice’ and teach as well as share recipes – which is why she probably became fascinated with recipe headnotes which she (seems) known for in my cookbooks (besides which headnotes came from that era wherein most cookbooks didn’t have any photos). She published the first of her 11 cookbooks in 1998 (Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking) and now both traditionally and independently publish cookbooks, as well as hosts her site of 22 years Betterbaking.com. She still buys cookbooks and hones her collection (with a reasonable amount of classic and new – largely on baking). Food is not just about pleasures of eating or sustenance – cookbooks chronicle our history and social ways.

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Episode 59 l Maybe You Could Write A Cookbook?
Episode 59 l Maybe You Could Write A Cookbook?

Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Do you love to create recipes and cook for your family and friends? Have you perfected a method to do something that is kitchen or nutrition-related and you want to teach others about it? Could your work in your kitchen be used to guide someone else in their kitchen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to write a cookbook of your own. Today I want to share 4 basic steps you can follow to explore your cookbook topic. This is for those of you who haven’t even considered writing a cookbook before, with some tips on what to do to hone in on your ideal reader, and what your cookbook might be about. 

  1. Become a student of food, cooking or baking. Pay attention to what you really enjoy in the kitchen and keep track of what it is that people come to you and ask about. Are they asking for just recipes? Or are they asking other questions about what you do and who you know? Keep track of all of it. Start a dedicated notebook to keep track. 
  2. Challenge yourself to cook and create baked goods without an exact recipe. Make up your own creations. Keep track of what you create and make it again. Ask others to taste it and see what they think. Keep track some more. Your recipes in any book you write can be inspired by what you experience in the world, but at the end of the day, any recipes you publish need to be expressed in your own ideas and words.
  3. When you meet people and they ask you what you’re up to tell them that you’re thinking about writing a cookbook. When they ask you what about – tell them your possible idea. The purpose of this isn’t for you to hear if they like your idea or not. The purpose is to start to identify as a cookbook writer. Becoming a cookbook writer is a change of identity – from a non-writer to a writer. So just practice at this identification as a cookbook writer.
  4. Practice believing that you writing a cookbook is totally possible. If I can do it, and if my students can do it you can do it. Your success as a cookbook writer isn’t up to a publisher, it’s up to you. There are many paths to cookbook publication and I talk about the difference between cookbook writing and cookbook publishing in Episode 42, but if you really want to write a cookbook, the commitment, and the decision is up to you. No one can stop you or tell you you can’t and the person you have to face most often in this instance is yourself. Let every cookbook you see published be a beacon of possibility. 

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