Here, fun and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes tales from authors working on forthcoming cookbooks.
Anna Watson Carl always dreamed of writing a cookbook, patiently waiting for the day a publisher would tell her it was time. After a decade of writing and cooking professionally, the publisher had not yet come, so this past summer, she decided to write the book anyway. Her project has inspired incredible collaboration—her friend, Eric Anderson, shot a video promo; sommelier and wine shop owner Jean Luc Le Dû offered to write the wine pairings and volunteers from around the world have signed on to cross-test her recipes. On her blog, The Yellow Table, Carl is chronicling every day of the process, with the goal of finishing a manuscript by her 34th birthday in March. “When people look at a cookbook, the pretty photos are just a tiny part of the story. I want to show how much goes into it,” she says. Here, a look even further behind the scenes.
“The mere fact that I’m creating and shooting this in my 650-square-foot apartment is a bit ridiculous. I live in a sixth floor walk-up—there are 96 stairs to get to my apartment and oftentimes, I’m carrying bags of groceries and props.