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A Question

Darling Daughter flies in from Las Vegas on December 20 and leaves December 28, and Oldest Son flies in from Dallas on the 24th and leaves the 29th.  My next two weeks are going to be busy, busy, busy (much like yours, I imagine).  I’ve wondered how to handle blogging – should I try to keep to my regular schedule, blog less often or just take a break until the New Year? – when it occurred to me to ask for guest posts.  I’ve already got one (it will be up early next week), and hopefully will have six all together before it’s said and done.  If I get one from everyone I asked, it should be pretty interesting.  :)

This busy end of the year has me thinking about next year – 2011?  Really? – and things I have to do, the things I need to do, and the things I want to do.  While it goes without saying that the things we have to do and need to do are important, we sometimes forget that things we want to do are also important.

I want to write a cookbook.

It’s been pointed out to me that I have more than enough recipes on this blog to put together a cookbook, but I don’t want to just print them up, bind them with our little binding machine here at the office and announce here “Hey, I’ve put all my recipes together in a book – you can have one for $10!”  For one thing, my cooking has evolved somewhat since I began this blog nearly 3 years ago (yea, gods) and I’m not interested in putting together a book with recipes I would no longer eat.  I also don’t want to unnecessarily limit my audience; if I’m going to do this, I want it to be full of recipes that anyone would want to cook and eat, even if there are very few, if any, that contain grains or refined sugar.

So my question is, is there anyone out there that would actually be interested in buying a cookbook I wrote?  And if so, what would you like to see in it?


14 comments

Me, well I’m taking a break till after the first of the year, I’ll put up something new tomorrow and that will be it until 2011 :-)

I’d love to see you write a cookbook with recipes that weren’t high in refined sugar and other “garbage” that is peddled to all of us; but I also think that you would need to do something that would appeal to the masses – so include recipes for stuff that you wouldn’t necessarily eat anymore. Title, well perhaps something like “Tough Cookies Can Cook” LOL

I did get a good chuckle over the title of the cookbook in your photo!

Chuck says:

if you put together a cookbook i would buy it, you know buying local and all. i am new to your blog but the recipes you have posted in the last 4 or so months would fit well in our kitchen and our bellies.

VandyJ says:

I’d be interested. Cooking with less pasta and potatoes and still filling the plate would be a good thing for me–I’m always looking for good, simple side dishes and they’re hard to find. I’ve had good reviews of your recipes so far. Go for it.

Jane Gaston says:

I say go for it too Jan. You have a wealth of recipes already and if you insert your unfailing sense of humor, it should fly off the shelves.

BE says:

Believe it or not I got her that cook book in Memphis. When I travel I like to bring her cook books home with regional flair. Actually, my father started that tradition with my mom decades ago and Jan has inherited many of mom “travel cook books”. Before you wonder why I am still alive, it stands for Babe In Total Control of Herself.

LOL – well that’s a good description, also does explain why you are still breathing :-)

Lori says:

First of all, how wonderful that they are coming home! Doing the happy dance for you! As far as the cookbook goes…are you kidding me? What’s taken you so long? LOL I would absolutely love if you published a cookbook with recipes that are from how you are cooking and eating now. How exciting Jan! I hope that peace, joy and love surround you, your loved ones and your home during the holidays. I know you are going to enjoy every single moment you get with your loved ones. I am very happy for you! XX

To blog or not to blog … that is the question. I’m struggling with it too since my son is already here and my parents arrive tomorrow and my daughter arrives on Monday. I’ve not been doing a very good job at reading blogs the last week or two as it is – and I’ve not been commenting most places either. I think I’m going to *try* and have at least mini-posts or photo posts up most days, but we’ll see how it goes. Such a dilemma. As for the cookbook? Of course you should make one! : )

Lisa says:

Yes, an eBook, for about $10.00, that included your theories and what you know about research on this new diet, a list of which damn oil is REALLY good for you, and all the great ways to cook meat, etc. Actually all your recent recipes. Desserts from the old days too:).

And take off if you want to take off. Traffic may die down, but it will come back.

Linda says:

Jan, I would buy anything you wrote. Have fun with your kids home! Blog when you get the bug- but don’t worry about us… we’ll be fine till you get back. Merry Christmas to you and yours with love.

Damn straight I would want one! And i’d want it signed! That’s a MUST.

Irish Gumbo says:

Yes, I would.

I get the sense you could write a cookbook that tells a story about your life: roots to crown and how you got there or how you have evolved in the past three years. Recipes that mean something to you beyond just fillin’ the belleh (although that is nice, too.) Think of it as stories, with food.

And in case I’m not saying it very well, read some John Thorne (say, Outlaw Cook) and you’ll see what I mean :)

I would SO totally buy a cookbook you wrote – the only special request I would have is if I could have an autographed copy. ;)

Ginger says:

Not just yes, but HELL yes!! I want a signed copy, too! I love Irish Gumbo’s idea… stories with recipes. And include EVERYTHING, including the kitchen sink! A section on Southern cooking would be sa-wheet!!

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