I’ve spent much of 2016 putting pen to paper and getting plans in motion to begin working on a second cookbook. I signed on with a literary agent back in January, and together we’ve passed out a proposal, spoke with publishers and finalized a deal on a new book. So it was with great enthusiasm – for both of us – that we were able to share the news of my new book earlier this week.
‘Oven to Table: More Than 100 One-Pan Recipes to Cook, Bake & Share’ will be published by Penguin Random House in February 2019. I know it seems like such a long way off, but in the cookbook writing business, two years is about how long it takes to put a book together. My manuscript needs to be submitted to my editor in September (2017), and then we’ll spend about a year or so editing it and making it as good as it can possibly be. There’s a lot of work to be done in the next nine months, and from experience I can tell you it’s the hardest work a food writer can do, but it’s also the most rewarding. And I count my lucky stars every day that it’s work I get to do.
On the topic of cookbooks, I thought it was high time I share my favourite picks from the past year. If you’re the lucky recipient of an Indigo or Amazon gift card this holiday season, you might be inclined to choose one of these titles to add to your cookbook collection. Or, if you’re looking to find new cooking inspiration for 2017, I think you’ll find something here to consider. I’ve sorted my selections by topic, and have listed them in no particular order because, quite frankly, I loved them all.