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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.


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.


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!

My First #Aquafabulous Public Appearance!

Gentle reader;

It’s been a while since my last Cookbook update. That’s not because there has been nothing happening. Lots is happening. In fact, I worked all through the Christmas break. It’s just that what’s been happening is not the sexy part of writing a cookbook. It is long hours in front of the computer in MS Word, tracking changes, substituting the word “great” for other synonyms (I use the word “great” waaaay too much), it’s emails criss-crossing the country via cyberspace several times per day.

the wellness show

We are editing. It is not glamorous. It’s work. It’s salt-mines stuff. It needs to be done, and the book will be better for it, but it’s not a process that comes naturally to me, so I’ve been in “nose to the grindstone” mode for these last couple of months. Keeping my head down, one step in front of the other, one edit at a time.

The good news is, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are now into edits on the last few chapters and hope to be done entirely within the next couple of weeks.

In some much more exiting news, the photo shoot for “Aquafabulous” is happening in Toronto next week! Earlier in the month, we established the 19 recipes that will be shot for the book–a range of everything from breakfast to dessert. I wish I could be there–it would be an amazing experience to see my recipes come to life at the hands of an expert stylist.

In other exciting news, I’ll be doing a live cooking demo, featuring a recipe from the book on Sunday, March 5 at 10:30 am at The Wellness Show. The celebrity cooking stage features some of my cooking heros–Tojo, Sarah Stewart, Curtis Luk–and li’l ol me.

I’ll be making my Cornbread Waffles with Vegan Pulled Pork, Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Bourbon Maple Syrup. Yeah!! Hope to see some of you there.

That’s it for now, but I’ll update you when the edits are completely finished. I’m learning so much, and I can’t wait to share that with you.

Thank you again for all your kind words and your wonder-bra like support, friends. I seriously couldn’t have done this without you.





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