Here, fun and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes tales from authors working on forthcoming cookbooks.
For her business, a private chef service called The Culinistas, Jill Donenfeld is out and about in New York and Los Angeles. When it came to writing her forthcoming cookbook about toast ("the perfect meal," she says), she sequestered herself in a nearly empty sublet apartment on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, a seaside neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its huge population of Russian speakers.
"I like the feeling of being a foreigner," she says. "It's very quiet within, even though there is so much new stimulation. It's a great recipe for inspiration." That said, Donenfeld wrote most of the book during the fall when her business is especially busy, so she couldn't be more than a subway ride away.