Tuesday, March 2, 2010

0 Update: Lots O' Cooking & Cookbook Writing Happenin' Here....

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I just realized that, as of today, I've posted exactly 80 recipes & am hardly done yet! :-D

The nice thing is that the recipe creation process usually tends to be an ongoing, life-time affair, that is, if one is hopefully fortunate enough to be continually coming up with new ideas! :)

So, please know that there are many more recipes lined up for future publication on this blog!  I like to post about one a day, often post-dating them for future publication.  This way, I can take a breather every now & then, & also keep the creative juices flowing.  Ahhhhh.

Here's how the process generally works: When I'm feeling extra creative, I will often create several new recipes in a day & then march off to the kitchen to test them out. Whatever comes out of my head is what I make for that day, or for later on in the week. Needless to say, there's a lot of refrigeration (& sometimes a bit of freezing) going on in this household. ;)  If I'm lucky, what comes out of my head will be a full course, & not five dessert recipes (!). Hehe. The way the creative process tends to work is that it's pretty much the-luck-of-the-draw, & I can't always control it. Kind of like playing Black Jack or spinning the roulette wheel in Vegas, except the stakes aren't as high. :-D In the latter case, the worst thing that could happen is indigestion. :)

Speaking of which, I'm happily plowing ahead with the cookbook writing.  At the rate the recipe creation process is currently going, I estimate that, in a few months time, there should be more than enough material for the cookbook. When it's all finished, I hope to have about 250 original recipes. (Yowsa!) The reason I want to create/include so many recipes is so that the cookbook has a nice range of recipes, in terms of both cuisine & recipe categories (regional & international dishes, plus appetizers, main courses, condiments/sauces, desserts, etc.).

Also, please note that there will be several original recipes that will only appear in the upcoming cookbook. :-D While I freely give away an awful lot of recipes & cooking advice here (& also share lots of recipes & information with people via email), there has to be some incentive for people to buy the cookbook. ;) It's also nice to be able to have an actual cookbook (organized by topical chapters) for people to work from while they're actually in the kitchen, whether in handheld or digital (i.e., e-book) format. :)

I've also been tossing around the idea of holding a contest on this blog to promote the cookbook.  The winner will of course get a free, signed copy of the cookbook.  But alas, I am getting ahead of myself.  One thing at a time.  Of course, it's always nice to know what's coming around the corner.  So there you have it.

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