A few months ago, I was contacted by Christy Dorrity about a project she was working on—a Book Blogger cookbook with recipes from authors. She wanted to know if I would like to participate with my book, Lemon Tart and it's featured recipe. Yes I did! That project is now a Kindle e-book and available on Amazon.com for the amazing price of 2.99. I bought my copy last week and am very, very impressed with both the recipes and the overall format and design of this book. The books pared with recipes are awesome and include, The Maze Runner, The Hourglass Door, Wings, and Princess at the Midnight Ball. This was my first Kindle cook book, but what a great one to start with!
I also have the opportunity to blog about the book, Christy, and give you the chance to enter a couple promotional contests. The first contest will be for a copy of the ebook and a copy of my book featured there, Lemon Tart--only those who comment on this post will be entered. In addition to that contest, by commenting here you will also be entered into a larger contest to win your own Kindle and some books from Book Bloggers. To enter both contests, just leave a comment in the comment thread of this post. The winner of my contest will be chosen on Monday, June 20th. The winner of the overall contest will be drawn on July 22nd. You can get more entries through spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog--just come back here and tell us where you talked it up, your entries will be counted.
AND, if that isn’t enough, I got to interview Christy for this blog, which was a lot of fun. So, without further ado, here’s a little more about the project straight from the top:
What inspired this idea?
When I started a blog, the two things I wanted to write about were food and books. I saw a contest on Debbie’s blog over at Cranberry Fries <http://cranberryfries.blogspot.com/> that challenged readers to make a cake based on the Hunger Games series. I love the idea of putting food and reading together to create an experience.
Right now this is a Kindle book, do you anticipate other formats in the future?
Hmmm. It’s hard to say. I would love to publish it in hard copy at some point. In fact, I did approach a few publishers about the cookbook. Although there was interest, I really feel that the book is better suited to ebook. There are links to bloggers’ and authors’ websites in the cookbook that would be clumsy in a hard bound copy.
How did you choose which authors you asked to participate?
When I started my blog I didn’t have the cookbook in mind so I read whatever I was interested in. From the books I reviewed in the past year, I chose the twenty books that I thought would appeal to a wide, mainstream audience. Each book in the Book Blogger’s Cookbook is one that I highly recommend.
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your personal level of skill in the kitchen?
Ha! Right now I am a busy mom and writer, and gourmet often consists of macaroni and cheese from a box. But I love to try new recipes, especially desserts. I would rate myself an 8. My husband and I plan to attend cooking school in the distant future. Perhaps then I will be a 10.
What is YOUR favorite personal recipe and why?
One of my favorite recipes I recently paired with Elana Johnson’s book Possession <http://www.dearestdreams.com/2011/06/possession-by-elana-johnson.html> . I call it Jagged Ham < http://www.dearestdreams.com/2011/06/tasty-tuesday-jagged-ham.html> and it’s the perfect recipe-easy to make, and everyone loves it. My other stand-by recipe is a cookie recipe that one of my college roommates shared with me. My son recently made a batch that cooked up 12 dozen!
Do you have any ideas for a follow up project?
You bet. The 2011 Book Blogger’s Cookbook is the first in a volume of books that will be published every summer.
For more information about the featured books and how to order the book for just $2.99, go to The Book Blogger website for all the details!
Thank you, Chrissy, for the chance to participate. I wish you guys the very best.