“I Try To Greet My Friends With A Drink In My Hand, A Warm Smile On My Face, and Great Music In The Background, Because That’s What Gets A Dinner Party Off To A Fun Start.” – Ina Garten
Let’s Blog Over Dinner Party Tonight…
I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for awhile waiting to share this news: I’m writing a cookbook!!! I’m also launching a five-month blog series documenting the behind-the-scenes process of creating this cookbook. To kick things off, I’ve asked my good friend to help me create a brief film to share the vision and story behind the project which will be coming soon.
(By the way, you can receive weekly updates on Dinner Party Tonight by entering in your email address on the homepage, or follow along on Facebook, and Instagram. The name of this series is also likely to change.)
THE TABLE, THE DREAM, AND THE BOOK
Writing a cookbook has been my dream forever. Throughout my side business cooking “career,” I’ve worked as a private chef, caterer, recipe tester, food stylist, food and travel writer, but above all else, I’ve had one burning desire on my heart: to inspire people to cook simple, healthy meals, and to spend time with friends and family around the table. I was fortunate enough to grow up eating nearly every meal around the kitchen table, and it was there that I developed my deep love for community, conversation, and good food.
I started this blog back in 2015 as a place to share my recipes and stories, with the hopes that it would one day become a cookbook, and lead into a full time career traveling and studying cuisine all over the world, but as you may or may not know, cookbook deals aren’t exactly thrown in your lap – unless you happen to be a famous chef, a famous person, or a really huge blogger. (None of which describe me!) After years of waiting and making excuses on why I wasn’t qualified to do this, or why it would never work, a lightbulb went off in my head this summer and I realized: “You can do this!” I decided to start taking baby steps towards that dream, and it’s amazing the outpouring of support and encouragement that have come my way my family and friends.
DINNER PARTY TONIGHT
Dinner Party Tonight is a 20-week blog series documenting the pursuit of this dream. I’ve set July 14, (my 32nd birthday) as my deadline, and I’m inviting you all into my Houston kitchen for the next few months, as I share the ups and downs of creating this cookbook. (I’ll be developing, testing, and shooting 100 recipes, and blogging daily about the process, along with some fun dinner parties, interviews, videos, and more. Now I know July is a little far away and not technically 5 months, but it gives me some leeway just in case a crisis happens, lol!
I don’t have a publisher or a cookbook deal, and I have no idea how this story will end. I’ve committed to creating the contents of the book: the stories, the recipes, and the photos, with the hope that (fingers crossed!) someone in the publishing world will be interested in helping me make this story into a physical cookbook. Regardless of the outcome, I’m excited to share the process with you all.