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The Making of A Cookbook Part #1


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The rumors are true. I am working on my 3rd book, thank G-d.

I have done many things in my life both personally and professionally. But writing a cookbook is one of the single most difficult of them all.

And even with that said I am so thankful to G-d that I have this opportunity once again.

So that explains why I have been writing a little less online these days because I really have been up to my eyeballs in recipe testing and book writing. I am writing and cooking and writing and cooking and writing some more. This is almost like a memoir — ok it most probably is a memoir. I am just waiting to deliver the first chapter to my editor and see what she says because I may be about 500 pages over count. I always joke about my first book that I wrote the book, a semi autobiography, and then was like “oh yeah, I need recipes here”. The joke, not haha funny, but ever so slightly humorous, stemmed from my lack of kitchen prowess. But now I am writing like crazy because I just have so much to say. I can’t explain it, it’s all just pouring out of me. I have written a huge chunk of this book on my iPhone in the middle of the night after not being able to fall back to sleep post feeding, pacifying, or re-situating baby.

I figured it would be fun to chronicle the making of the cookbook. What we like to call a BTS (behind the scenes) look at what goes into all of this. It ain’t easy as you will see, there are a lot of moving parts and dirty dishes and a few unwanted pounds as I taste-test my way through each chapter. I am scared to see what happens when I get to the dessert section. Seriously scared for my life, my skirt, my profile. But that’s not for another few weeks so as Hubby says, “wasted emotions” and “cross that bridge when you…” well, you know the rest.

Join me on this journey. It really helps to get some support from you all as I take this on again.

What’s the hardest thing, aside from parenting children, that you’ve ever done in your life?

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




9 Responses to The Making of A Cookbook Part #1

  1. avatar says: spapp

    Looking forward for the book!

  2. One of the things I love about your cook books is that you make it so personal and funny and cute. The recipes are awesome, not a shabbos goes by that we don’t make the California corn salad. Good luck Jamie you can so do this!

  3. avatar says: Hana

    Next to parenting (childbirth included), learning to speak Hebrew and having the patience to know that one day I would understand everything my in-laws were saying was one of the hardest things I’ve had to overcome. Baruch “H, today I speak and understand Hebrew fluently and so do our children.

    Best of luck with your third book. May it be a labor of love :)

  4. avatar says: goldie

    so excited for your book! When is your next appearance?

    • Thanks Goldie!!! I am trying to hold off on all appearances until the book comes out – fall of 2013 – but I will be at the Manischewitz Cook-Off March 28. If anything like that comes up in the interim will try to let everyone know.

  5. avatar says: Dinah

    Jamie, I have received both of your cookbooks as engagement gifts, and I’m so thrilled at hearing about the 3rd in the making! I absolutely love your shabbat menus and how you connect them to the parasha. Idea for a future book – Shabbat menus for all the torah portions (or at least the really fun ones)!!

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