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Cookbook Update #7: Let the editing begin

Gentle Reader;

I would apologize for being remiss in not updating you as to the status of my cookbook, Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba (Bean Water), but honestly, there has been nothing to say.

I sent my draft into the publisher on October 3, and the last three weeks have been ones of quiet bliss. There has been a little aquafaba, even less chickpeas, and a lot of getting on with all the other things in my life.

Aquafabulous Cookbook

The book has been with my editor, Meredith, and she has been feverishly marking it up with (virtual) red ink. She just returned 6 chapters to me yesterday, so this week the fun begins.

We’re on a very tight timeline. Well, that’s what my editor says. The book itself won’t exist in its hard-copy format for many months, yet. Not until March or early April. That still feels like so long away… not until after Christmas, in the Spring. But there is still a ton of work to do.

The book will go back and forth between Meredeth and I until we’re happy with the words. Then it goes to an auditor, a cooking veteran who looks at each one of my recipes and flags any that she feels there might be a problem with. Like, baking times that are too long, for example, or too much salt. The book then goes to a proofreader, whose job it is to be an eagle eye for things like spelling and grammar and punctuation.

The book then heads to layout and design for December 1. Somewhere in there, will be photography as well, before it goes to the printer at the end of February.

And then we have a book! Friends, the thought of holding it in my hands, paging through it… it’s blowing my mind. I can’t wait for that moment, and to share it with you all.

Aquafabulous Meringues Recipe

Meanwhile, you can now pre-order the book on Amazon! Here’s the link: amzn.to/2dYlhFa

And this week, I also got to see the finished cover (for Amazon, anyway), and some sample pages. Looks so good, you guys! I feel like Pinocchio in that scene where he’s dancing around and singing “I am a real boy!”

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Cookbook Update #6: So Many Distractions

Tomorrow is my deadline. Well, technically, though they’ve given me until Monday to complete the manuscript.

I could probably ask for another extension, but I don’t want to. I am mentally done, and now I need to be physically done.

It’s hard to put into words just how consuming this whole process has been. In the last month, I did my very best to put aside everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary or the book.

But even though I did that, there are still so many things that got in the way; things I never thought about. Like how much time it takes to go shopping for ingredients, or to wash dishes, or even doing laundry (there are a lot of kitchen towels in there). And of course I still have to teach and do class prep, and I’ve had some work commitments, like sponsored blog posts I had to write, and tomorrow, I have to speak at a conference, a commitment I made before this deadline. I could have easily used an assistant through this entire process… maybe something to aim for next time? (Ha! Look at me, all “next time.”)

But enough about that. There are victories to be celebrated, my friends!

First of all, the publishers have decided on a name. My book will be called Aquafabulous! It makes me happy just thinking about it–especially that exclamation point. We’re still working on the subtitle.

vegan macarons made with aquafaba

Secondly, yesterday, I finally had the macaron breakthrough I have been hoping for. Over the last month, I have easily made macarons 50 times, and they were all failures. The last 10 or so batches, however, I could see I was getting closer. I didn’t have bursting feet any more, they tasted good, and were starting to resemble actual macarons more. I even carried a batch over to my friend Lori’s place to test them in her convection oven, but I had the same, failed results (they were coming out lopsided). In each batch, I’d have a few that were perfect, and all the rest would be failures.

On Tuesday night, I was in despair. I was convinced I was going to have to submit the manuscript without a macaron recipe. But yesterday I cracked it, and made 3 perfect pans of macarons. I’ll be making them a few more times over the next two days, but I think we have a winner, folks!

The funny thing about the macaron recipe is that I have never written any of it down. Normally, I work with notes on my phone, dictating the recipe in as I go. I have never done that with macarons, everything is in my head. It’s going to be a complicated, 20-step process, but it’s all there!

By hook or by crook, I’m submitting that manuscript on Sunday night. There will be recipes I originally thought I’d have in there that won’t have made it, but there will also be new recipes that I added along the way, so hopefully it all balances out.

As ever, friends, thank you for your love and support. See you on the other side.

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