Today was a big day for me. I sold the very first copy of my book, “It’s the Parsley!”
I brought the prototype to the Wednesday Women gathering at Kay’s Gringo Postres in Atenas, Costa Rica to show my friends what I had been working on for months.
When my son, Tyler, announced his wedding to his lovely fiancé, Colette, I was ecstatic, and wanted to do something special for them. The idea of a wedding cookbook incorporating the favorites of each family jumped into my mind.
I set about gathering the recipes, photos, and background stories from Colette’s family in Chicago, plied my mother’s mind looking for family history, dates and facts, and racked my own brain trying to remember some of the funny incidents regarding food that happened over the years.
“It’s the Parsley!” is the result. I am pleased beyond words with the finished product. I did a fancy hard-cover version on a program called “Blurb” which is supposed to be an easy software program for this sort of thing. The easy part is a lie, but the promise of high quality is not. Unfortunately, it comes with a hefty price tag, Each color hard copy costs over $50, and the paperback close to $30.
With the help of writer friends here in Costa Rica, I found a quality printer at a reasonable price of under $20 per book! Let’s face it; this was a labor of love! For those of you who support me and buy the book, I thank you. Those of you who receive it as a wedding favor, enjoy it. You will have fun reading the stories even if you never make any of the dishes. I challenge you to make Plum Pudding (page 56). Now that’s something to write home about!
The ladies pictured above perused the sample and wanted to buy a copy. I sat up straighter, felt my eyes twinkle and my smile widen. “You do? Oh wow, thanks! I don’t have any to sell yet. This is just the sample.”
“How much are they?” asked Barbara, a former Miss Kansas ala Miss Universe. She is now a cookbook collector with 1,000 cookbooks. I am honored to be the author of 1001.
She did not bat an eyelash, just reached into her wallet, pulled out a twenty dollar bill, handed it to me and said: “Here’s the money. Tell me when you have the book.”
Her friend, Jinny, didn’t say anything; she just handed me another twenty. Now, that’s a vote of confidence!
I have already started “It’s the Cilantro!”, a book of Costa Rican recipes with a bit of history, culture,and advice on where to find some of the dishes and/or ingredients. And then I will bow out of the cookbook business and focus on “Flying By the Seat of My Pants.” a book of airline stories from the 1970s when I was an international flight attendant for Trans International Airlines.
So many stories, so little time!
You can buy the book on blurb.com, but do look for discounts online up to 30%. You can buy it directly from me in Costa Rica. Come to Kay’s on Wednesday, August 6 at noon for an informal lunch and book-signing, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will also be offered as an e-book shortly.