I have signed my first cookbook contract. Hina Gujral Cookbook – finally a dream come true after 8+ years of food blogging and burning tons of midnight oil! Know all about my coming soon cookbook.
Since I started food blogging, writing a published cookbook was always one of my aspirations. And the universe, as usual, conspired in a mysterious way to make my dream come true.
For those who are curious about how it all happened? Even I don’t know the answer. I have never submitted a manuscript to any publishing house or agent or discussed my aspiration of writing a cookbook with a living soul.
Here is how it all unfolded!
In the middle of the pandemic, when hope for the future and all things related to life was bleak, I got an email from my editor with a proposal to write a cookbook.
For the first few weeks, I ignored her (my editor’s) email considering it a hoax or clickbait scam to hack my email (yes, I am that paranoid person :P). Finally, after radio silence from my end, she sent another email. A video call with the team soon followed that. And after interacting for merely 10 minutes, we finalized the theme and the number of recipes for my cookbook.
I guess she (my editor) has followed my blog and content for quite some time. And as a team, they were ready to trust my ability to deliver a thoughtful cookbook.
And this is how the BIGGEST DREAM PROJECT of my life came into being.
About My Cookbook
The Challenge – 1 year (365 days), testing 100 recipes + writing manuscript + clicking photographs, and the deadliest pandemic humankind faced.
Of course, it has to be about Indian Food. The kind of food I grew up eating and the meals that are always part of my identity as a food blogger.
There will be 100 RECIPES. Not 40, or 60, but 100 tried and tested failproof Indian Recipes. I got so over-excited about getting my name printed as an author on a cookbook that I mindlessly agreed to this enormous task of developing 100 recipes.
I want to pat myself on the back for single-handedly testing 150 recipes, writing a meaningful manuscript, and then working on the styling plus photographs of the book, including the cover page (except for author profile pictures). This cookbook was a test of my metal as a food blogger 😀
Apart from the cookbook work, I couldn’t ignore my blog, which requires a continuous flow of new content, social media handles, paid collaborations, and my family. In short, it was the most challenging year for me.
But I guess this dream project was worth all the labor of love.
Hina Gujral Cookbook will be released in September 2022 across the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, India, and other English-speaking countries.
Keep supporting my work with your love, feedback, and valuable comments. After all, this cookbook wouldn’t have been possible without you standing with me throughout these years!