An Icy Creamy Wrap-up

As the summer winds down, I thought it might be fun to do a little round-up of some of the recipe features, press and kind words that my book has received. I’ve been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of excitement over Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. I’m so very thankful- seriously, it is such a thrill….

press for Icy Creamy As the summer winds down, I thought it might be fun to do a little round-up of some of the recipe features, press and kind words that my book has received. I’ve been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of excitement over Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. I’m so very thankful- seriously, it is such a thrill. Let’s dive in to this deliciousness…Maple+Pecan+Crunch+Ice+Cream+-+Sprouted+Kitchen*Sara and Hugh Forte of Sprouted Kitchen made my Maple Pecan Crunch Ice Cream. I’m such a fan of their work so this really made my day. They had the genius idea to add chocolate. When in doubt, always add chocolate! Above photos by Hugh Forte.

*Design*Sponge featured my Roasted Peach Pops, one of my favorite recipes in the book. Stone fruit season is still happening so do yourself a favor and give these a whirl!

*Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant made my whole fruit pops (below, right). Just look at those chubby little fingers! 2016-08-26_0002 *Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves made my Roasted Peaches and Cream pops with cashew cream instead of yogurt and they turned out beautifully (above left)!

*Over at Eat Boutique my Frozen Yogurt Bark got packaged up for a sweet frozen gift!

*I was very honored that Sweet Paul included Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet in both his 25 Books I’m Loving Spring and Summer editions! Blueberry Ice Cream*Megan Gordon of A Sweet Spoonful went blueberry picking and made this vibrant blueberry ice cream!

*Kim Kinzi of Motif Magazine wrote the kindest review. When I came to work one day, my boss had pinned it to my bulletin board. That totally made me blush- I keep my school work self very separate from my writing work self!

*My friend Xan wrote the kindest words about both Little Bites and Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet over on her blog, The Conscious Caterpillar. I love that both of my books have earned a spot in her kitchen, and I especially love seeing them stained and ear-marked, just how a cookbook should look!

*Elizabeth interviewed me for her incredible Mornings on the Dock podcast. We talk books, babies, creativity, and what my month of July is like in Northern Michigan. If you can handle my strong Michigan accent, have a listen! And while you’re there, listen to them all…each one is fabulous and inspiring.

Icy Creamy in Self I have been so thrilled to receive some great press mentions as well, including a few of my recipes being featured in the July/ August issue of Self. As one of the first magazines I ever read, and one of the few that I continue to read on a regular basis, I can tell you that seeing my recipes in Self (and photographed by the one and only Johnny Miller) was a career highlight.  2016-07-07_0002 I also had the pleasure of shooting the COVER of The Coastal Table (above left). It is my first cover, and I am incredibly grateful to Karen, the founder and editor, for her support. The entire issue is gorgeous, and inside you’ll also find a fun ice cream story with several recipes, some from the book and a few brand new additions. I’ve been really appreciative of the Edible community for spreading the Icy, Creamy word. A big thank you to Edible Rhody, Edible Cape Cod, Edible Jersey, Edible Memphis, Edible Indy, Edible Toronto, Edible East Bay and Edible Boston for their features. 2016-07-17_0001 I’ve received other wonderful press coverage, including really nice features in The Improper Bostonian and Vegan Life, among other publications. I was also incredibly honored to win The Readable Feast’s People’s Choice Cookbook of the Year award, and a subsequent feature in The Boston Globe! Thank you so much for all of your votes! How thrilling. I also have an original recipe and thoughts on what it is like to write about food for a living in the current issue of Remedy Quarterly, issue #21.2016-07-11_0001 Finally, after waiting so long to join Instagram, I have to admit that I joined at the right time. I’ve loved seeing people enjoying my recipes! So, late to the party, but I’m fully here and loving it! Here are just a few of my favorite Insta images, above, top row (l to r): Sarah Waldo, Edible Manhattan, Jenn Elliott Blake. Bottom row (l to r) Floret, Marisa Dobson, Golubka Kitchen. Below, top row (l to r): Punkpost, With Style and Grace, The Book Larder. Bottom row (l to r): The Conscious Caterpillar, Megan Gordon, Amy Chaplin. Keep sharing your treats and make sure to tag me ch_chitnis and use #icycreamy. Thank you so much for all of your enthusiasm and support! And finally, if you missed my book tour recap be sure to check out my Seattle and San Francisco posts!2016-07-11_0002

Icy Creamy at The Pantry

The final event during the West Coast leg of my book tour was a party held at The Pantry. It was a gorgeous afternoon in Seattle and I spent the morning at Pike Place Market stocking up on local flowers and produce. The moment I walked into the space, I was hit with such a…

julieharmsen_C001 copy The final event during the West Coast leg of my book tour was a party held at The Pantry. It was a gorgeous afternoon in Seattle and I spent the morning at Pike Place Market stocking up on local flowers and produce. The moment I walked into the space, I was hit with such a feeling of calm. The space was so warm and inviting- it felt like walking into the kitchen of a good friend. I knew it was going to be a great party.julieharmsen_C30 copyjulieharmsen_C011 copyjulieharmsen_C033julieharmsen_C026 copy julieharmsen_C030 (1) copyjulieharmsen_C029 copy julieharmsen_C050 copy As the guests arrived, they were greeted with delicious eats from Rain Shadow Meats, and tall, icy glasses of homemade celery soda. It sounds strange, but trust me when I tell you it was incredibly refreshing. The group that gathered was so interesting- food bloggers, restaurateurs, stylists, chefs- a really eclectic and interesting crowd. We all easily fell into conversation. I actually had to be nudged to start my demo, or I would have spent the entire party chatting away.julieharmsen_C12 copy julieharmsen_C012 copyjulieharmsen_C087 copyjulieharmsen_C15 copy julieharmsen_C039 copy I was thrilled to partner with Seattle ice cream phenom Molly Moon for the event, so along with the fresh peach syrup and almond coconut chocolate chip cookies that I made, we had incredible, homemade ice cream (without me having to lug my ice cream maker along for the ride)! After the demo, we all feasted on fruit-syrup drizzled sundaes and ice cream sandwiches.  julieharmsen_C16 copyjulieharmsen_C18 copy julieharmsen_C095 copy julieharmsen_C103 copy I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come and celebrate with me, including Jenn, Megan, Lisa, Deborah, Heather, Janti, Leslie, Marisa, Kellen, Di, Paul, Grace, Phillip, Jess and Andy. A special thanks to Julie Harmsen for the gorgeous photographs that you see here. Thank you to The Pantry for the use of your beautiful space. And a huge thanks to Molly Moon for those incredible tubs of ice cream! Finally, my deepest appreciation to Vitamix, for making this leg of the tour possible. Lots of love for you, Seattle!julieharmsen_C104 copy

Icy Creamy in San Francisco

It’s a bit hard to put into words the whirlwind adventure I’ve been on this past month. Going into my book tour, I had no idea how I was going to pull off numerous events in multiple cities. My itinerary was three pages long, with multiple flights and accommodations to keep track of, as well…

IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-20It’s a bit hard to put into words the whirlwind adventure I’ve been on this past month. Going into my book tour, I had no idea how I was going to pull off numerous events in multiple cities. My itinerary was three pages long, with multiple flights and accommodations to keep track of, as well as all of the food preparation and grocery shopping that took place. I boarded a plane to San Francisco with two 50 pound suitcases loaded to the brim with kitchen tools, stacks of books, gift bags, and personal effects. The moment the last event ended I let out a huge breath, my stress melted away and my shoulders finally stopped hovering around my ears. But then I see these gorgeous photographs, and I remember all of the amazing people that came out to support me and my book, and I think…yep, I’d do all over again in a heartbeat! I am so incredibly thankful to my sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com not only for supporting me on my book tour, but making products that are an absolute joy to use. Okay, so San Francisco…besides a book signing at the incredible cookbook store, Omnivore, I also held a private party for local tastemakers. We had the best time- a gorgeous venue (thanks Cookhouse), a super talented, inspiring crowd and a shaved ice bar with homemade syrups! Plus…Prosecco and pops! cyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-2 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-51 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-49 I greeted my guests with homemade strawberry pops served in a wine glass filled with Prosecco. Not only was it delicious but it served as such a great ice breaker! While I had a rough idea of the recipes that I would demo at the party, I let a trip to the Ferry Building Farmers Market inspire my final choices. The strawberries were at their peak, and locally grown. Plus I splurged on some gorgeous local wildflower honey. The pops were so vibrant and delicious…plus soaked in Prosecco, so there’s that! After mingling and sampling some catered fare, I demoed a Strawberry and Basil syrup recipe, which I made with the help of my new Vitamix (the smaller size makes it so travel friendly!). And then we all went crazy drizzling homemade Peach, Watermelon Mint and Strawberry Basil syrups over fluffy shaved ice from my HawaiianShavedIce.com machine! Snow cones, you guys! Best party idea- seriously, it was a blast!IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-56 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-11IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-72 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-67IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-62IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-59 I want to personally thank all the wonderful people that came out to help me celebrate Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet including Nik, Stephen, Molly, Jessica, Alexis, Marisa, and Kim. You sure knew how to make a girl feel welcome San Fran. And a final, huge thank you to Nanette Wong for the gorgeous images you see here! Have a lovely Fourth of July weekend, folks, and if you’re up for some fun, give this frozen treat thing a whirl 😉cyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-1 IcyCreamyHealthySweet _ Nanette Wong-3

Today’s the DAY!

Today is the day! I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let…

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I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let you know as different recipes are showcased online and in print- lots of exciting things coming up! You can find my book at any of the retailers listed below, or your local bookstore. Thank you all for your unwavering support over the years and the love that you have shown my books.

AMAZON / BARNES AND NOBLE / POWELL’S / ROOST / INDIE BOUND

And now for the most thrilling news imaginable! I’m going on a BOOK TOUR sponsored by Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com, both companies that I use and love, and both of which played a prominent role in the making of this book. So what exactly does that mean? Well, that means we’re busy planning amazing events in Providence, NYC, Seattle and San Francisco!  West Coast, I’m coming for you! Stay tuned for more to come in the weeks ahead. I look forward to meeting you at book events this summer!

IcyCreamyHealthySweet If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to photograph and style an entire cookbook- well, here’s my working wall! I devoted a wall in my studio to the book, and after every shoot I would print out the pictures that made the cut and tape them to the wall. When I stood back from it I could easily tell when a picture didn’t fit. I had a very specific aesthetic in mind for the book: light, clean, bright and cheerful. I wanted it to feel like a beautiful summer day- and I really hope I accomplished that goal. I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out and when I look back at this wall, it kinda blows my mind how much work went into the making of this book! I guess I was having so much fun with it I didn’t realize what a big task it really was. To celebrate the birthday of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet I am giving away two copies on Instagram, so hop over and enter for your your chance to win! Icy Creamy

Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet Pre-Order Giveaway

In less than a month ICY CREAMY HEALTHY SWEET hits bookshelves and to celebrate I have a gift for everyone who pre-orders the book!  It’s my little way of saying a great big thank you for all of your support! If you pre-order the book in the next two weeks, I will send you a…

AB5A3825_uc In less than a month ICY CREAMY HEALTHY SWEET hits bookshelves and to celebrate I have a gift for everyone who pre-orders the book!  It’s my little way of saying a great big thank you for all of your support! If you pre-order the book in the next two weeks, I will send you a free 5 x 7 professionally printed photograph (the one above of the blackberries and blueberries!). I framed my print and it lives in my kitchen, where it constantly reminds me that the bounty of summer is right around the corner!

After you order the book, simply fill out THIS FORM with your name, address and purchasing information. And if you’ve already ordered the book (thank you!) – not to worry, you can still fill out the form to receive your print.

So, to receive your free print:

  1. Pre-order your copy of Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet from any of the following retailers: Amazon / Roost / IndieBound / Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill out THIS FORM with your name, address and purchase information.
  3. That’s it…you’re all set! Your print will arrive in the mail in 2-4 weeks. If you have any questions, or if you live internationally, simply shoot me an email and we can work it out!

And can I just say…this book is a beauty. It exceeded all of my expectations in terms of design and feel: hardcover, matte pages and full-page color pictures for every recipe! Inside you will find 75 recipes for frozen yogurt, pops, dairy-free ice cream, slushies, shakes, granitas, snow cones, ice cream sandwiches and more. And here’s the kicker…they are all FREE of refined sugar. This book reflects my ongoing dedication to providing my family sweet treats that rely on natural sweeteners without compromising taste one bit. I think my favorite two recipes are Raspberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate (make it with farm fresh, just picked berries- seriously, just do it!) and Black Forest Pops with Homemade Cherry Compote.  Oh, and the Gingerbread Cookies with Chai Ginger Ice Cream, and the Tart Cherry Limeade Slushies … well, you get the picture!

I know it is early to be thinking about frozen treats, but trust me, you’ll be happy to have this baby in your kitchen once the temperatures soar! Here’s a little peek inside at a few of my favorite spreads…

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How to Write a Book

Over the years I have received numerous emails asking about the process of writing a book. So many people dream of writing a book, and I was one of those people. The idea of seeing my name on the cover of a book, my words and pictures forever bound in a volume and sent out…

cfe18-img_7935 Over the years I have received numerous emails asking about the process of writing a book. So many people dream of writing a book, and I was one of those people. The idea of seeing my name on the cover of a book, my words and pictures forever bound in a volume and sent out into the world to live in kitchens/ on bookshelves…well, that was the stuff of my dreams. In fact, I obsessed about it and made it my mission to learn everything I could about the process. It worked…4 years after I began my writing career I landed my first book deal with The Little Bookroom.  I’ll never forget the feeling of opening the box that contained copies of my first book, Markets of New England. I was trembling with excitement, and upon seeing all those little books with my name on the cover, my eyes filled instantly with tears. I’ll also never forget driving to Boston to meet with my editor, Jenn, at Roost to pick up the first copy of Little Bites.  Now, in just a few short weeks, I’ll be able to hold Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet in my hands! So the question is, how do you move from idea to book? Here I’ll describe the nuts and bolts of the process. Settle in, this is going to be a lengthy post!

THE PROCESS

1. Fiction vs. Non-fiction: The process of pitching your book differs depending on if you are pitching non-fiction or fiction.  For a fiction title, you must have the complete work written before you pitch. For non-fiction work, you must have a book proposal. A book proposal is a document used to interest and ultimately sell an agent and/ or editor on a non-fiction book before the book is actually written.

A book proposal contains the following:

I. Overview

II. Author Profile

III. Comparative Titles

IV. Target Market

V. Promotion

VI. Annotated Table of Contents

VII. Sample Material  (this is where you’d showcase a handful of recipes, projects, chapter openings and pictures)

The book proposal for Little Bites was roughly 40 pages long, so this isn’t just a quick jotting of notes. Months were spent writing and tweaking that proposal.  And let me mention, I have written proposals that have not sold. At the time I was disappointed, to say the least. All that work for nothing! But what I came to realize is that I didn’t have enough to say on the subject and I wasn’t passionate about it- and that came through in the proposal. Here’s something to remember: If you write a book you need to be passionate enough about that subject to be completely wedded to it for at least 2-3 years solid. You will spend 6 months to a year writing the book (here I’m really talking about non-fiction books), and then you will spend 6 months to a year editing the book, and then you will spend 6 months to a year marketing the book, doing interviews and events, and selling it every chance you get. If you write about a subject that is just a passing interest, you will regret it deeply. For example, I live Little Bites every single day; I feed two growing boys three meals a day plus a boatload of snacks EVERY SINGLE DAY! It had been 6 months since Little Bites hit shelves and I still cook from it at least 3-5 times a week. You need that kind of passion and stick-to-itiveness.

2. Agent vs. No Agent: This is a personal choice, but I will say from experience that an agent will move the process along for you.  They have relationships with editors at all the publishing houses and this is what you get an agent for…their relationships.  They will make sure your proposal lands in the right hands.  Certain publishers don’t even accept cold pitches- for those you must use an agent.  Agent’s also protect an authors rights, and in the case of a disagreement with the publisher, the agent can play “bad-cop” so that the author can remain on good terms with their editor.  This is critical as you will work with your editor for over a year, and sometimes longer, to see a book from start to finish. This is critical to remember: you should NEVER have to pay an agent.  Anyone asking for payment is scamming you- the agent only gets paid from the publisher once they sell your book (they usually take 15%).

There are a few ways to find an agent:

  1. Look at related books that you like and check the acknowledgements. If the author had an agent they will usually be thanked.
  2. Writer’s Market and Publisher’s Marketplace and Jeff Herman’s guide to Publishers, Editors and Agents to be useful. Writersmarket.com has a pretty good online resource guide to agents and publishers as well, but it is a paid subscription.
  3. Finally, if you know an author personally, and you have a writing background to back up your request, you might consider asking for an introduction.

3. Query letter: When approaching a publishing house, editor or agent, you need to introduce yourself with a one-page letter, known as a query letter.  There is a science to this letter, in fact I teach an entire online class through Squam about perfecting the query letter, Pitch Perfect, which we’re hoping to run again soon. So that’s all I’ll say about that (wink, wink). Seriously though- there are a ton of great books out there that dissect the query letter and offer examples of successful query letters. Don’t be afraid of your public library- it is 100% where I learned everything about pitching my writing.  That’s no joke!

4. From Agent to Publisher: Let’s assume you went with an agent, and your work was accepted.  Hooray!  Now the two of you will sign a contract, which will stipulate the percentage the agent will make (standard 15%) on your book sale.  From there, you might work together to edit and massage your proposal (non-fiction) or your manuscript (fiction, poetry, memoir).  Once you are at a place where you feel the work is ready, you will come up with a list of publishers that you want to approach, and your agent will begin the work of shopping your work around.

5. Publisher: If more than one publisher is interested, you might have a bidding war (good for you!), but if only one publisher is interested than you begin contract negotiations.  This differs greatly for every book, but it will include your advance (how much you get paid in advance of the book selling) and your due date.  It may also include the number of pictures included, international rights, and a slew of other legal items.  If you are not using an agent, I strongly suggest hiring a lawyer to explain and look over your contract with you.  You want to know exactly what you are getting yourself into.

6. Writing: Once the contract is signed, you hand over your manuscript (fiction) or you begin writing your book (non-fiction).  For example, I had six months to write Markets of New England, a year to write Little Bites, and six months to write Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. You will begin forming a marketing plan towards the end of your writing process.

7. Editing: Now for the editing, copy-editing, layout and design- a very intensive process that will eventually render proofs (the pages of your book!) for a final read-through before the book goes to press. This can take 6 months  for a photo heavy book.

8. To Press: Off to the press it goes.  Now you turn your attention to marketing- sending out press queries, advance copies and setting up book signings so that by the time your book comes out, it is already receiving press and events are already lined up. I wish someone had told me this before I wrote my first book: you will spend equal amounts of time writing your book as you will promoting it. Marketing is a whole other ballgame and to sum up what I’ve learned over the past 6 years I’ll say this: No one, not a publicist, a book store, an event manager, or anyone else will promote your book like you will. The book is your baby and it is your job to get it out into the world.

So there you have it in a nutshell. There are some fabulous resources out there, including a recent blog post by the always inspirational Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks.com. She wrote about her book proposal process here. Another great post about the money side of things can be found at Dianne Jacob’s site Will Write For Food here. Finally, I though I would share three titles that I found very helpful when I was writing my very first book proposal (which never was bought, by the way!): How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larson, Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 That Sold and Why by Jeff Herman and The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches, and Proposals by Moira Anderson Allen. Lastly, I’ll add this: If/ when I teach Pitch Perfect again, I’d encourage you to check it out if you are interested in writing a book. Once you can write an outstanding query letter, you can capture the attention of editors and agents. Several of my students have their work regularly featured in magazines, and two of them have made the transition to books, having signed agents and constructed book proposals.

I’d love to open the comment section up to questions, as well as stories from your own publishing journeys. Next week I am going to share more about my writing journey, specifically the process of writing and photographing my latest book, Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet. I’d love to make posts like this one a more regular feature. There are so many aspects of writing that I could cover: where to find inspiration, the actual writing process, magazine writing, interviews with authors about how they got their start and the list goes on. Are there any subjects that are of particular interest to you? Let me know, and I’ll do my best to cover them!

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A New Look, A New Book

ATTENTION: If you follow me using Bloglovin’ or a reader of any kind, be sure to update my address (though it is the same web address, the server is different!). Do you notice something different here today?  I’m thrilled to introduce my new and improved site! I couldn’t be happier with the results.  In an…

new websiteATTENTION: If you follow me using Bloglovin’ or a reader of any kind, be sure to update my address (though it is the same web address, the server is different!).

Do you notice something different here today?  I’m thrilled to introduce my new and improved site! I couldn’t be happier with the results.  In an online world that feels busier than ever and filled with endless noise, ads and pop-ups, I wanted to create a space that felt calm and simple. I’m most excited about the way my archives are now organized. I hope it will encourage you to stay a while and browse according to your interests. Under my logo at the top of the site you’ll notice the words “Travel, Motherhood, Crafts and Food.”  These are the four categories with the most action- click on one and take a peek at how lovely it looks with the featured picture and post title!  If you’d like to see more categories or search by month, you can do so on the sidebar with the Categories and Archives drop-down menus.  Again, you’ll be taken to a well-organized page complete with pictures to accompany each post! Maybe your interested in Gardening, or Knitting or Providence…it’s all there.  It was quite a journey working my way through eight years of archives. I had to choose a featured picture for each and every post so that it would display correctly in the new system (I still have many to do, so don’t go poking around too far back yet!).  We’re talking over 900 posts!  I can’t believe I have that much to say and more shockingly, that early on so many of you supported me.  I cringe looking back through many of my posts that now seem immature or demonstrate my poor, beginner photography skills.  But I made sure not to delete any, no matter how tempting, because I firmly embrace my learning curve.  We all have to start somewhere, and it takes courage to push “publish” for the first time. Overall it was a pleasant experience, reading through the posts from my early days of motherhood, remembering the exhaustion and joy of it all, and back further to my early days of marriage when I found myself in Providence, not knowing a soul and feeling a bit lost.  This blog has been a constant through so many of my major life changes, and I guess I want to say THANK YOU for reading along and participating in the conversation.  I hope you enjoy the new look.Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet_Roost Books Another exciting feature of the new site is the page devoted to my books, including my newest title, Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet, which comes out in April.  It is available now for pre-order at a reduced price, and if you’d like a peek inside, head on over here for the tiniest peek.  I plan on sharing more this week, about how this book came to be and the reason I feel so passionate about the recipes included.  For now let me say this: the book is vibrant and gorgeous, exactly how I dreamed it would look.  It’s hardcover with beautiful matte paper and full-page images for every recipe.  It’s hard to think about frozen treats right now, but let me assure you, come summertime you’ll be happy to have this in your kitchen! Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to your week- as always, thank you for being here.

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Join Me This Weekend

It’s been pretty amazing to see the response to Little Bites now that it has been out in the world for a few weeks.  I especially love seeing it on Instagram on kitchen tables, joining cookbook collections, and alongside finished recipes (you can tag it #littlebites, instagram above by Cara Brostrom, below by My Darling…

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.26.08 AMIt’s been pretty amazing to see the response to Little Bites now that it has been out in the world for a few weeks.  I especially love seeing it on Instagram on kitchen tables, joining cookbook collections, and alongside finished recipes (you can tag it #littlebites, instagram above by Cara Brostrom, below by My Darling Lemon Thyme, ).

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 3.23.43 PM copyOne of the most thrilling things to happen was seeing it reach #1 Best Seller in its category on Amazon.  I think every author dreams of seeing that little orange #1 banner next to their book, but rarely does that dream become a reality.

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.07.20 PMAnyway, on Saturday I will signing books and doing a cooking demo at Stock in Providence, from 11am-1pm.  I would love to see you there, and I will have some delicious treats on hand!  Come by for a bite, or a signed copy of Little Bites, or just to say hello!  It’ll be a great time, and it is on the way to the Hope Street farmers market, so stop in before/ after your shopping!

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Little Bites Launch!

Just like that, after two years of work, Little Bites is heading out into the world.  Today is the launch of my second book and I am a bundle of excitement and nerves- sending all of our hard work into the world and hoping that it resonates with people definitely brings out a range of…

Little BitesJust like that, after two years of work, Little Bites is heading out into the world.  Today is the launch of my second book and I am a bundle of excitement and nerves- sending all of our hard work into the world and hoping that it resonates with people definitely brings out a range of emotions.  I wanted to take this moment to fill you in on all that is going on.  Sarah’s sharing a recipe over on her blog today for the insanely good Peach Frozen Yogurt from the book, and throughout the next few weeks, I’ll let you know as other bloggers share recipes.  We also have some fun events coming up, and I do hope you’ll join us:

LITTLE BITES EVENTS

July 15: Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard.  Join Sarah for a talk, tasting and book signing starting at 7pm.

July 20: Cook the Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard.  Join Sarah for a cooking demo and book signing at this annual event that celebrates local and regional cookbook authors.

August 8: Stock, Providence, RI. Join Christine for a talk and book signing, 11am-1pm.

August 13: West Tisbury Library, Martha’s Vineyard.  Join Sarah for a cooking demo and book signing starting at 5pm.

August 23: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston, MA. Join Christine for a talk, tasting and book signing, 2-3pm.

And now, a peek at what you will find inside the pages…

_MG_8197 copyINTRODUCTION: It’s our hope that the info-packed introduction will be really helpful for health-conscious families, with topics such as The Family Pantry and Cooking with Local and Seasonal Ingredients.  There is also a great section on packing food with health and sustainability in mind.

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A few favorite recipes include:

  • Asparagus Fries with Parmesan Cheese (pictured above)
  • Cherry Chocolate Pudding Pops
  • Roasted Sesame Peas
  • Ratatouille Baked Egg Cups
  • Cherry, Coconut and Walnut Bread

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SUMMER

A few favorite recipes include:

  • Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups (pictured above)
  • Summer Corn Fritters
  • Green Smoothie Pops
  • Zucchini and Squash Wheels with Marinara Dipping Sauce
  • Black Bean Cakes
  • Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Peach Frozen Yogurt

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A few favorite recipes include:

  • Brussels Sprout Crisps with Parmesan and Lemon (pictured above)
  • Roasted Pumpkin Hummus
  • Cranberry-Orange Buttermilk Snacking Cake
  • Apple Ring Pancakes
  • Broccoli-and-Cheese Soft Pretzel Knots
  • Spinach and Ricotta Egg Muffin Cups

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A few favorite recipes include:

  • Crispy Root Vegetable Patties with Yogurt-Dill Sauce (pictured above)
  • Maple Brown Rice Pudding
  • Vegetable Dumplings
  • Sweet Potato-Quinoa Nori Rolls
  • Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies
  • Sweet Potato-Cornmeal Muffins

Little Bites Trailer

I am thrilled to share with you the trailer for Little Bites.  We had so much fun making this video, though I will admit that with four little guys on set it was a bit chaotic!  But that is life, and that is the reality of our time spent in the kitchen.  It’s messy, and…

I am thrilled to share with you the trailer for Little Bites.  We had so much fun making this video, though I will admit that with four little guys on set it was a bit chaotic!  But that is life, and that is the reality of our time spent in the kitchen.  It’s messy, and real, and wonderful.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Little Bites.  I’d certainly love to hear your thoughts!