So I had this teaser post for my cookbook in draft mode, pretty much ready to go. I was going to add a few finishing touches and hit the publish button. But then, out of curiosity, I checked the status of my iBook and saw it was already available. After 24 hours of having submitted it. Sweet. But... I didn't have an announcement written because I didn't think my book would be out for another week or so. Oh well. I'm certainly not complaining.
I look way too excited.
But it's my first cookbook! Self-published, yes. An iBook, yes. It still counts.
Several months ago, my good friend (and amazing singer/musician) Allan asked me what I'd want to do with my life if I knew I only had a few years left to live. I had the standard answers: travel, spend time with loved ones, get married, etc. My only unique response was my desire to compile original recipes into a cookbook. Nothing fancy. It'd be my most treasured dishes.
Then funemployment happened and I found myself with more free time on my hands. I was getting discouraged with the job search. I remembered my answer to Allan's question. I quickly realized there would be no better time to throw myself into a completely new endeavor -- not only developing recipes, but also learning about the self-publishing process.
After several weeks, a couple trials and errors in recipes, cursing at Apple Pages, cursing at iBooks Author, lots of help from my partner, cursing at iTunes Producer, cursing at iTunes Connect and whining to the iBooks customer service line, it's ready!
It's not perfect, but I'm thrilled. It's my own recipes, writing and photos -- and it's my favorite type of food: sandwiches. I didn't do it alone, though. My loved ones served as my chief tasters and my partner Ian helped a lot with retouching photos and the interactive design. It's truly a cookbook meant for the iPad.
You can download it now for your iPad: 10 Sandwich Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded it already, and thank you to those of you about to download it now!
And thank you for reading.