The making of a book

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in General, Making books | 0 comments

The making of a book

I thought some of you might be interested in what has gone into the creation of The low FODMAP cookbook.

I have always been a bit of a cookbook collector and dreamt of one day writing one of my own.  I have never really aspired to be a chef, rather I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to use ingredients in different ways or mastering techniques.  I have often thought/said my ideal job would be in a test kitchen of a foodie magazine.  So with a bit of encouragement from the man of the house (aka Geoff) in the form of “why don’t you, just do it,” a dream was allowed to become something a bit more.

Little did he know what would be required of him…the honing of his photography skills and having to offer a critique every time he tried something new.  To be honest, it has been a real family affair, as you can see from the photo below.  Over the summer we set up a little corner in the kitchen for photography that received great natural light right around dinner time.  The call of “can we eat yet?” from the little people in the house was heard often and usually received the reply of “just one more shot.”  All the photos have been taken on G’s pride and joy, a Canon 40D.

My usual method for recipe writing starts with pen and paper, jotting ideas for flavour combinations or an idea for renewing an old favourite.  Sometimes this process happens quickly and others are long, days, maybe weeks, of tossing ideas around in my mind.  I then get into the kitchen to start testing a recipe, making sure I keep more notes on what I do.  When I am happy with a recipe, I may pass it on to someone else to cook, or perhaps drop in on friends for visit with a plate to share in exchange for some feedback.

The cover design was a fun process.  I posted my design brief here and waited for the designers to offer up the ideas.  I then asked friends to vote for their favourite.  The designer I chose to work with was in Argentina, which at times proved challenging with the time differences, but we were all happy with the result.

I am now looking forward to having a proof copy back from the printer for one final check before The low FODMAP cookbook hits the press.


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