First, we had Sam. Three years later, Sadie. Three and a half years later, Miriam. Three and a half years later brings us to here and now and I'm happy to announce that I've given birth a fourth time.
To a cookbook. (Granted, this is not as exciting as an actual baby, of course, but stick with me....)
At least it's felt somewhat like giving birth anyway. Less pain. More anxiety (my heart is racing even as I write this). Similar sleepless nights. The process even took nine months. Instead of asking, "How will this baby fit into our life?" I've been asking, "Is anyone actually going to buy it?"
But then it arrived. And I was glad to have it in my own hands, for my own use, if for no other reason. As much as I love searching for recipes online, I really prefer cooking and baking out of a cookbook. I don't like using my computer in the kitchen because I'm always afraid I'll spill something on it and the screensaver constantly kicks in. I also dislike using paper and printer ink, so I usually chicken-scratch the recipe on a scrap of paper and, well....sometimes my scratch is a little hard to read. And sometimes I lose that scrap of paper.
It was a whole lot of work but I didn't tackle this project alone. I had two wonderful "midwives". Not only do they do incredible work, but they handled me (sometimes nervous and sometimes scattered-brained) with grace and friendship. So thank you, Kathy and Mary Jo. You two are awesome!
Self-publishing a book means I have no one to promote it on my behalf. So, here's where I ask you a huge favor. If you don't mind...and if you have the time...and if it wouldn't put you out too much...would you all help me spread the word? If you blog, would you consider blogging about it? If you tweet, could you tweet your big heart out? If you pin, would you pin it please? If you're on facebook, could you help spread the word there (keeping my personal information personal if you know it- I use a pen name)?
I would be so very, totally, and incredibly grateful.
Without further ado... click here for pictures and the details!
I hope you love it. I really do.