Much like most of you, I have more balls in the air during the summer than I do the rest of the year. Along with curriculum development for my cooking camps this summer, I have been working on my book and juggling my children and their play date schedules.
Things have been so busy, in fact, that I don’t even think I have officially announced the name of my new book! I have to admit, it was getting tiresome calling the book “It” all the time. That’s not the kind of name that most people want to give to their third child. Okay – you ready?
The Whole Family Cookbook – Creating and Appreciating Nutritious and Delicious Meals (May, 2011)
Today was my first deadline. 50% of the manuscript was due. I have been busting my chops for the past 2 months, so I am ahead of schedule. I sent in about 70% of the book about 2 weeks ago, and sent another update this morning. Now comes the waiting – I am both nervous and excited about the feedback that is coming. If the comments I am getting from my dedicated recipe testers are any indication of what the publishers think, I am pretty sure that I am on the right track. Curious? Go ahead, check out all of the chatter on Facebook and give it a “Like” for more regular updates.
Last week was our first photo shoot – it was very exciting. I got so many questions about the process, that I decided to take pictures of the photo shoot. It was really interesting to see the lighting and all of the steps required for each photograph. Matthew and Jennifer Carden are amazing – not only are they good friends of mine, but they are a dynamic duo. He is the photographer, and she is the stylist and chef extraordinaire. We had a ball playing with our food. The kids were troopers, playing and snacking between shots. Overall, we shot 7 different recipes that day. The next photo shoot will be towards the end of August and will be split between two afternoons. I’ll be inviting more kids to join us, along with a couple of moms and maybe even a grandparent or two. After all, it is The Whole Family Cookbook.
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