I have some news to report, you guys, and for once it's not bad!
It would seem that I'm going to be writing a book! A cookbook, to be exact. What's more, it appears that someone is going to publish it. That's the tricky part, right there, especially in this economy. But, wait, it gets better: An actual professional photographer is going to take the photos! I KNOW!!! How did I score that?? I have no idea, but here's how I imagined it:
Them: So Tammy.
Them: About the photography for this book.
Them: It's not that we don't like the style of your blog photos...
Me: You mean blurry?
Me: With the attention to detail of a sleepy preschooler?
Them: ...We already have a photographer in mind for this project.
(pause while a single tear rolls down my cheek)
Me: OOOOHHHHHHH, THANK YOU, BEJEEBUS!!!!
Me: Never mind.
Here's the scoop: The book is coming out in Fall 2013 by Running Press. It will be about seasonal winter desserts with an emphasis on local sourcing. In other words, really cozy, delicious things made out of apples, pears, cranberries, nuts, cheese, maple syrup, etc. Yes, even squash. I'll be digging deep into the root cellar for this, and we'll also be spending a little time in the citrus belt because they have winter down there, too. Also, I love citrus. Basically, if it grows in the winter or can be stored in the pantry, it's fair game. The book will cost $30. I mention this so you can start saving now. That's a dollar a month starting today. Loose change is fine. It will be worth every penny, I promise. Did I mention the pretty photos? Only the best for my loyal readers (P.S. Don't get used to it!).
So I guess this would be the appropriate time to thank you guys for coming to visit me out here in cyberspace. If not for you who are reading this anonymously in numbers that seem interesting to publishers—some of you since I started this blog five years ago—there would be no book at all. And I might be resorting to selling myself on the street corner for not that much money probably. Is there anything sadder than a prostitute peddling pumpkin pie on the side? I'm not sure that there is. So thanks are also in order to my agent, Melissa Sarver at the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency, for sparing me that indignity.
A few more things: There will definitely be some swearing over the next year. Like double the usual amount. Maybe more. Also, I could use some recipe-testers. If you're willing to test a recipe or two to make sure they work in your kitchen, leave a comment or send an e-mail and I'll be in touch. But right now, I need to tend to the first and most pressing order of business: a gym membership! Second order of business is a vacation.
See you in a week!