It sounded like a cool idea when I was first approached last March (2010) by an Australian Publishing Company (The Slattery Media Group) about their plan to create an international cookbook from the food blog world. Here's a summary of the book:
"Foodies of the World is a collection of profiles and recipes from the best blogs around the world. It compiles the greatest recipes, with the sweetest stories, from the best bloggers into one handy guidebook and recipe collection.
As the blogs selected come from all over the world (India, France, USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, Estonia and Turkey are represented so far), the recipes will cover a variety of cuisines and courses.
The overall tone is one of community, and sharing your love of cooking with the world. Its quality, complete and beautifully real' design will inspire the reader to spend time in their own kitchen."
It was intriguing – allowing the world of the blog to interact with the world of print while creating a cookbook that would feature recipes from different countries with links back to the featured blogs. So if you liked one of the recipes featured in the book, you could then go to that person’s blog and get more recipes.
And here it is, a few months later, and the book is published already! When I agreed to be part of this project, I didn't know who else would be included in the book, so the other week when I received my copy, I eagerly looked inside to see the list of participants, many of whom I recognized and have admired. Here is a sampling of food bloggers:
Partial List of Participants
Haalo from Cook (Almost) Anything at Least Once
Christine from Fig and Cherry
Béa from La Tartine Gourmande
Ilva from Lucullian Delights
Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry
Kelly from Sass & Veracity
Sara from Sprouted Kitchen
Jaden from Steamy Kitchen
Meeta from What's for Lunch, Honey?
So here is the book – just waiting for you to order that special Christmas gift – for someone on your list – or for yourself!
To order your copy, simply click here. Cost is $40AUS plus shipping.
I just happen to have one extra copy that I am delighted to offer as a giveaway.
Giveaway starts Monday, November 1 Eastern Time and ends on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. One winner will be chosen using Random.org.
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The Slattery Media Group
The primary publishing services of the Slattery Media Group are publishing consultancy, creative concepts, writing, editing, design, photography, web development, and digital communications. While the foundations were built around sport, SMG has expanded into a publisher of cookbooks, children's stories, and art, craft, music, finance and entertainment publications, with much more to be explored in the future.