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Cookbook Update #9: “It’s Aliiiivee!!”

This will come as no shock to you, but I am a digital gal. I live in a world of Instagram. In my world, a blog post can take 15 or 20 minutes to create, and then I hit “Publish” and I’m done, moving on to the next thing.

Writing a book is not of this fast-paced digital world. Duh, right? Hello, Captain Obvious. But no, not really. I mean, I knew it was going to take some time and all, but this process has been more akin to an elephant gestating than anything else.

aquafabulous

Having said that, progress is happening. Slowly, but ever steadily.

We (my editor Meredith and I) have spent the last few months shooting emails with Word doc attachments back and forth to each other. She would go through each chapter with a fine-tooth comb and send them to me, then I’d go through her edits and send them back to her. We’d repeat this process 3 or 4 times until we were both happy with the result.

After we were done with the chapter, it would be sent to Robert Rose’s recipe auditor, Jennifer. The book has over 100 recipes, and the company doesn’t test each one of them. They do, however, have a gal whose job it is to scrutinize each of the recipes and flag anything that she thinks looks off–too much sugar in my banana bread, for example. She also did test some of the recipes.

Finally, it went to a third editor (ironically, also named Jennifer) whose job it is to make sure the book adheres to the Robert Rose style guide, and who made sure there were no grammar or spelling errors.

There was also a photoshoot in there somewhere. There will be 19 full-colour photographs.

Finally, after all of that, the book has gone to layout. This is the magical moment when it ceases being a Word document on my computer and becomes something much more real.

via GIPHY

I just got the printed proof of my book in the mail the other day. It’s only a rough draft, but I can now get a really good idea as to what the final book is going to look like! Eeeee! Exciting!

The next step is to go through the proof manuscript and mark it up with any changes I think it needs, then it goes back to Toronto.

The date of publication on Amazon still says April 1, but that’s only a month away….

Pre-order my cookbook: Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba (Bean Water) from Amazon now.

In the mean time, I’m really excited to do my first public cooking demo this weekend at The Wellness Show. I’ll be making my Cornbread Waffles with Vegan Pulled Pork in a Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Yaaaas! I hope to see you there!

Win a Copy of The North Shore Foodie

‘Tis the season for giving!

One of my favourite things to give (and get–despite the name of my blog) is cookbooks.

Do I cook from my laptop/phone/tablet? Yeah, I do. All the time. But I also love getting a new cookbook and strolling over to my neighborhood coffee shop and sitting down with it and a coffee and pile of sticky notes. I page through, looking at all the recipes, and marking the ones I want to make. Every book is a new adventure.

Because I am a proud localvore, I am always especially excited when someone local produces a cookbook. You were probably sick of hearing me talk about @emvandee‘s Well Fed, Flat Broke earlier this year.

Well, a new local cookbook just landed on my doorstep, and boy, is it a doozy!

The North Shore Foodie is more than just a cookbook. It’s history, it’s foodporn, and recipes. It’s really more of a gorgeous coffee table book than it is a cookbook.

The book features various North Shore restaurants, and includes their story and history, as well as a couple recipes and some mouth-watering photos.

I live right downtown, so it’s an easy hop-skip-jump for me go over the Lion’s Gate to the North Shore. I spend quite a bit of time there, actually. Michael has weekly appointments there, and Capilano is our closest mall. So I was happy to recognize lots of my favourites in this book, like La Regalade, Hugos, Caffe Al Mercato, Sebastian & Co, Temper (who make some of my fave croissants in town), and The Snug Cafe (on Bowen).

But there are two places that I was especially excited to see represented, and that’s because they are personal favorites of mine. The first is The Portly Chef, a tiny little bistro on Lonsdale. My dear friend Emily runs the front of house here, but Chef Jeff Batt is an unsung culinary superstar. The last time I was there, I had one of his specialties: Drunken Sablefish. This is an amazing dish, and if you ever go there, you need to order it. Or–you can make it. The recipe is in The North Shore Foodie.

Vegan Gluten Free BrowniesSecondly, I really love Two Daughters Bakeshop. One of the few truly gluten-free bakeries in the Lower Mainland, Two Daughters is like the third daughter of Lisa Reichelt. Her daughter, Sawyer, was diagnosed with celiac disease, and furthermore, an egg allergy when she was around 5. So Lisa changed her life and her burgeoning business into a gluten-free bake shop. Many of her products are also vegan, like these brownies.

If you are into #FoodPorn, you need to check this book out. I am only a very beginning food photographer, and I only hope I can be as good as Brad Hill is, someday. Every photo is delicious and mouth-watering.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for the foodie on your list!

the north shore foodie cookbookTo win a copy of The North Shore Foodie

In the comments section below, tell me where your favourite place to eat on the North Shore is.

For a bonus entry, tweet:

Contest open to residents of the Lower Mainland only (as I will be hand-delivering the cookbook to you!). Contest closes at midnight, December 17. One winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

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