Friday, April 22, 2011

34 and rolling right along

 The other night, I counted how many recipes I have done. Done as in developed, tested, edited and written. 34! That is about a 1/3. The goal is 100 recipes, which can feel overwhelming. But seeing 34 done is inspiring! 

What recipes am I doing? What can you expect? You can expect some of my old favorites from my blog and a ton of new ones. And yes, I have taken those ones down from the blog. I know, rude rude. But after going through them, I saw that they have a lot of errors and room for improvement. So your favorites will be back with improved writing and a MUCH better picture. And yes, we can go ahead and talk about my lack of quality pictures on Rookie Cookie. But hey, I can only do so much with my little pink Sony Cybershot. 

The cookbook pictures are EONS better than the ones on my old blog. Sheena and I meet once a week to shoot a few recipes and each week, we are turning out some beautiful photos. For example, here are a few quick shots of my hands rolling up an egg roll during our most recent photoshoot.

Pretty, eh? And before I tossed some mushrooms in a pan for a dish, I told Sheena we needed a picture of them. I am not a mushroom fan, but I can appreciate their flavor and pretty colors and textures. Who would have thought the simplicity of a mushroom could be so beautiful?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

You didn't think I couldn't stop developing recipes forever, did you?

I am excited to introduce you to my new project in the works. I am currently up to my elbows in writing my first cookbook, "The Family Flavor: Practical Recipes for the Simple and Delicious", hopefully due out at the end of 2011.

The goal of this cookbook is to get you and yours enjoying a meal around the table together, while using accessible, diverse recipes. You will find dishes that everyone can be pleased with, even the vegetarians in your life.

Each recipe is being double tested by people just like you. Mom's with children at their knee while they cook. Women with 9 to 5 jobs and don't have all day to prep a meal. Family's that want to gather around the table for a slow Sunday meal. Using "real people" to test my recipes gives the recipes the true test of real life.

Another great part about this cookbook is the photography. I have been collaborating with the ever-talented and creative Sheena Jibson. The photographs are vibrant, beautiful and real. There are no studio lights or pretend props. The photos depict what you will see on your own table.

Follow along as this beautiful cookbook progresses.