If I post another smiling photo of me holding up my book on Facebook, my friends are going to block me. I'm just so excited that people are actually reading it. And cooking out of it. And drooling all over its thick, absorbent pages.
I fully expected my book to be ignored by the press. After all, who am I, and how dare I assert my laissez-faire approach to baking on the general public? But then Edible Boston ran something and then The Boston Globe Magazine ran something and then USA Today ran something where my book was in the company of such chef-authors as Daniel Boulud and Giada De Laurentiis.
That is completely ridiculous(ly awesome)!! It's clear that somebody knows what she's doing publicity-wise, and it sure as hell isn't me. Quick, someone bake my publicist some cookies! (That's your cue, Tammy.)
I literally couldn't believe it when I saw WINTERSWEET take its first tentative steps onto the Amazon Best Sellers list. Don't be too impressed: This was a subcategory of a subcategory of the Cookbook list. If you took all of the cookbooks and eliminated everything except books on Entertaining and Holidays and then eliminated everything that wasn't Seasonal, THEN I was on the list. I swear, if you go down the rabbit hole deep enough, you might find an old fourth grade book report you once wrote. But still! It was there. I have proof.
I don't want to bombard you with book stuff on this blog, but my ability to keep writing for a modest living instead of taking a job I hate is directly proportional to how well this book sells.
Book sells well, future paid writing gigs likely, house not foreclosed upon, computer not pawned
Book does not sell well, future paid writing gigs highly unlikely, stagnant resume cannot compete in stagnant marketplace, forced to take job bagging groceries at local supermarket, house foreclosed upon, computer pawned
Look, there's nothing wrong with bagging groceries. I will bag the SHIT out of your groceries. It's just that, in Scenario 2, I'd be writing this post on the nearest paper bag in between customers, and it would only be a matter of time before someone complained about the unladylike commentary coming home with them.
So, please indulge me as I share a few more links related to the book, many of which include recipes:
- The sugared cranberries featured on Leite's Culinaria
- The cranberry oatmeal almond cookies on Vanilla Garlic (as well as some great cookbook proposal advice)
- The Mexican lime pie coming out in USA Weekend at the end of the week
- A nice review over at The Kitchn
- NPR and Boston Globe writer T. Susan Chang included WINTERSWEET in her 10 Best Cookbooks of 2013!
Also, just a reminder that I have a cooking demo at the Trident on Newbury St. in Boston this Wednesday evening 12/11 at 7pm. It's free. Come support an independent bookstore! I'll also be signing books at Front on Friday 12/13 from 5 to 7pm, and at Concord Cookware on Saturday 12/14 from 11am to 2pm.
(If you simply cannot get enough of all this book talk, feel free to "like" the new WINTERSWEET Facebook fan page for the latest news and events. This is separate from the FOOD ON THE FOOD Facebook fan page, which enables you to get new posts directly in your newsfeed.)