When I decided to write a cookbook, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’m not an author and I know anything about the writing process. Where do I start? What do I do? How do you begin to conceptualize a cookbook? Do I have any credibility? Does that even matter? Sure enough, it’s been coming to me!
After hours of coming up with categories and ideas, finding a purpose for the book and a necessity for it, while finding it within myself to fully embrace the challenge I created, I feel like I am on the right path. I know a lot of people probably thought it was just talk… that it was just an idea. That nothing would come from it. But, like I said, I have invested countless hours into this project so far. So much of it has been brainstorming and writing with so little of it being cooking up until now, that I’m excited for the transition. When I was away on vacation this past week, I spent hours sitting at my parent’s breakfast bar writing intros and category descriptions. Getting my ideas and philosophy on paper, even in a rudimentary form, has helped pave the way for continued exploration and adventure in the kitchen. It has helped legitimize my efforts, keep me focused, keep me hungry and most importantly it has made me want to see this out. Not to say I did it. But to pave a future for me that was previously unimagined. To know that in some way I made a difference in someone’s life by teaching them how to make something delicious or to help build their confidence in the kitchen.
Now it’s come down to the cooking. Sure I need to go back and redraft literally dozens of documents, but there is always time to do that. Just having a start is good enough at the time being. Right now I sit with almost a dozen recipes in the book over 5 categories. But there are many more to come. Many more nights blending spices and trying to innovate. Many more lunches at work telling myself I could have done better. So many opportunities to get it right on my day off. I’m excited for all of that. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this project. The challenges have been real and they have been fun.
At the end of the day isn’t that what we all want? Something real. Something challenging. Something grounding.
Stay hungry my friends