Do You Want To Write A Cookbook?

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Today I’m giving away a copy of the new book Desserts in Jars. I’m also sharing details that will be really exciting to anyone who wants to write a cookbook.

Update: The giveaway has ended.

Do you want to write a cookbook? This giveaway for a ticket to the IACP, accommodations while there and a meeting with a cookbook editor will help. Also, we have a giveaway for the inspiring new book Desserts in Jars.

So, do you want to write a cookbook?

I know I do.

But I also know that I’m not ready yet. You see, over the past couple of years I’ve had the chance to go conferences where I’ve heard editors, publishers, agents and authors speak about the process. It’s a really really really big deal.

One of the speakers I heard even likened writing a cookbook to having a child. Not to going through labor, but going through the nine months of pregnancy, the labor, the birth and then the raising of the little babe through to toddlerhood.

Well, I’m in the midst of actually raising young children right now and I know that I can’t have another child (even a paper one) right now.

But I will do it one day.

And I bet you can too. If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to write a cookbook the best thing you can do right now, as far as I can tell, is fortify yourself with information.

That’s why I’m involved in a giveaway that could help you write your own cookbook. The giveaway is for a ticket to the International Association of Culinary Arts annual conference in Chicago in 2014 plus $500 towards accommodations while there AND a meeting with a cookbook editor to talk about your cookbook idea.

If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to write a cookbook, this is your chance to find out everything you need to know, to form a plan and to get some honest feedback on your ideas.

Click here to enter the giveaway for the IACP ticket, accommodations and meeting with an editor.

This giveaway is sponsored by The Harvard Common Press as part of their promotion of the new Desserts in Jars cookbook by Shaina Olmanson. I have a copy of that very beautiful book to giveaway for you today. This book really is special. It has a defined niche, well-developed recipes, good writing and scrumptious pictures. Everything we future cookbook authors imagine our books will be.

Giveaway for the new Desserts in Jars cookbook, and a chance to win an aspiring cookbook author's dream prize.

So do enter to win the cookbook below. I hope it inspires you. And also, click here to enter to win the future cookbook author’s dream prize.

One more thing to mention, in honor of Desserts in Jars, we’re having a fun PinChatLive event on Sunday August 18th at 8pm Eastern on this Pinterest board. Get all the information about what a PinChatLive is and about the Desserts in Jars event here. Plan to join us to find out about all kinds of desserts served and made in jars and to be inspired by this wonderful book.

25 Responses to “Do You Want To Write A Cookbook?”

  1. Yolanda @ SavvyMujer — August 30, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#)

    This is a great idea. Need to check out this cookbook. I’m sure you’ll have a book!

    • Christine Pittman — September 6, 2013 @ 2:36 pm (#)

      Yolanda, Thank you so much. I really would love to have a cookbook one day. A bit of a dream really.

  2. Nikki @NikSnacks — August 28, 2013 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    I love serving drinks in jars. I’m into mixed drinks right now, with sugared rims and fun, striped paper straws! The fruitier the better!

  3. Sara — August 18, 2013 @ 9:39 pm (#)

    I love cheesecakes in jars! So fun for dinner parties!

  4. Leila — August 18, 2013 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    All I have done so far is jam! I’d love to expand my options!

  5. Barbara Bradford — August 17, 2013 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    If we are taking the grand kids out to the lake, I put everything into jars. It makes for easy cleanup when we get home. I love the salads with every ones own dressing, and chili with a cornbread crust is a big hit.

  6. Kimi — August 17, 2013 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    We make mini cakes with pudding layers

  7. Jayme J. — August 17, 2013 @ 8:56 am (#)

    My favorite restaurant in NYC is the Modern at the MOMA museum; they once served a quail egg dish in a small jar, and I tweeked it to create an eggs florentine version at home:)

  8. Christy — August 16, 2013 @ 10:38 pm (#)

    The only thing I’ve ever had in a jar is chocolate cake – it was fun and delicious . . . I look forward to making more desserts in jars.

  9. Karen Lynch — August 16, 2013 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    Not really a recipe, but I put my Mueseli cereal in in with milk, makes it easy to take with me, same with yogurt parfaits.

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:24 pm (#)

      Karen, That is such a great idea! I might do that for my own breakfasts. It would be perfect for grab n go mornings.

    • Karen Lynch — August 19, 2013 @ 1:51 pm (#)

      Thanks, it also helps me with portion control and eating better. I use the small jars, and make sure to grab fruit to eat with it.

  10. Rebecca — August 16, 2013 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    I want to do drinks in mason jars sometime soon!

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:27 pm (#)

      Rebecca, I love drinks in mason jars. They’re somehow very old fashioned but also cool and trendy. And just plain fun!

  11. Susi — August 16, 2013 @ 2:46 pm (#)

    I love the idea of serving in jars. Not only can you make little shooters but it’s also an interesting presentation. I love the possibilities! :)

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:27 pm (#)

      Susi,
      I’m so with you there! I can’t wait to start trying all kinds of things in jars.

  12. Heather — August 16, 2013 @ 11:59 am (#)

    I like to serve a layered dessert or salad in jars!

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:28 pm (#)

      Heather,
      I’ve heard of salad in jars but have never seen it. I should do an image search since I really am intrigued…

  13. Kristina Calkins — August 16, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

    My mom really wants to write a cookbook and has a great idea. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:29 pm (#)

      Kristina,
      I’m so intrigued about what your mom’s idea might be. Good luck winning the contest, to both of you!

  14. Kerrey — August 16, 2013 @ 11:46 am (#)

    I don’t have any favorite jar recipes yet… I’ll let you know after I win your cookbook!

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:29 pm (#)

      Kerrey,
      Good luck! I hope you do win so you can try some out.

  15. Ruthy @ Omeletta — August 16, 2013 @ 9:16 am (#)

    What a great gievaway! I’ve always daydreamed about my own cookbook- getting to work on a pinboard this minute.

    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:29 pm (#)

      Ruthy,
      Yay! I’ve had that dream too. I wish you luck in the contest and with your cookbook dream. It is attainable. You food is fantastic!

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