Well. This is kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? When I wrote my first “Side Dish” post, I knew it wasn’t realistic to expect a weekly series (I’m just not reliable enough, and have too much to do!) but I hoped it would be monthly. Bi-monthly maybe?
But here we are. It’s been over a year and I’m finally posting my second installment in “The Side Dish” series, but I do have an excuse. Although I didn’t announce it here until much later, it was about the time that I wrote that post that I started writing my cookbook. Yeah, it was crazy hard keeping a secret that good for that long, but it’s all been worth it, don’tcha think?
Well, it’s all come full circle now, because I’m posting today mostly to give you an update on my cookbook. Something Sweet has been out for almost two months now, and wow! It’s been amazing. I haven’t told you anything about it since this post, so here are some updates.
Firstly, I have to tell you that after putting many thousands of hours into creating my book, it’s so incredibly gratifying to see people using and enjoying it. And as nice as it is to get mentioned in the press, it’s even more incredible when I see real people, actually baking from my cookbook. I didn’t make this to be a book that you’ll look through then forget on your shelf. This is a book that’s meant to get a heavy workout on your kitchen counter – with sticky sections and flour-covered pages – and you knowing it’s a go-to resource for people when they want some sweetness in their lives.
One of the coolest things about this book release is that I get to hear from so many of my fans. Between blog comments, emails, Instagram, and mostly my Facebook group, where people post pictures, ask for suggestions, and more. If you haven’t joined yet, please do so!
And I have to say…that’s exactly how it’s been! The feedback has been overwhelming! Hundreds – thousands – of people have been raving to me about how much they love the book! On Amazon, my book has (as of today) 111 five star reviews! Isn’t that remarkable? Nobody rated it less than five stars, and the reviews have been incredible. Here are some comments I’ve gotten about Something Sweet, some from Amazon reviews, and mostly from the Overtime Cook Recipes facebook group:
“I just got your cookbook today and I am honestly blown away. You can see the hours of hard work and love put in to it. Amazing, amazing job! Kol hakavod!”
“My kids and I have been baking through your cookbook, with great results so far!”
“Read your cookbook cover to cover over yontif. Loved it!”
“My daughter made these three recipes from your new cookbook. Everything is beautiful and delicious.”
“Your cookbook has inspired me to invite even more guests so that I can try out all these recipes!!!”
“This is gonna be dangerous…every time I buy a new cookbook I put a post-it on the recipes I want to try. Well, “Something Sweet” used up two pads of post-its…”
“I have never been this excited for a cookbook ever!! Basically shabbos and yom tov are going to just have to be ok being giant dessert bars cuz i need to try EVERYTHING!!”
“Your cookbook is the best (or worst???) thing that ever happened. I’m an experienced baker but even for those who are not, every recipe is so clear and simple that anybody can make it. It’s a masterpiece!!!…I would love to start at the beginning and keep going…..this is a bakers dream!! Thank you! And the pictures, just breathtaking and tantalizing!!!”
“Why do I love this cookbook? For once my baked goods actually look like the pictures!”
“So I just bought THE BOOK and I sat down to look it over with my 10 year old (going on 21) son. He was so excited, his comments were hilarious! “Oh wow, I’m in! Let’s make this one!” “Ma, now THIS is a cookbook” and “we have to make all of these right now or I’m gonna burst!” Are just a few of his comments! At the end of the book he said, “now I understand why you are always on her website!”
“I’m married for ten years and never bought a cookbook, this one I couldn’t resist!”
“I want to make the entire cookbook!!! Do you think anyone will mind if I forgo the usual chicken/meat dishes and JUST serve desserts this yom tov season?!”
“We got the cookbook yesterday!!! And looked through it – we want to try every recipe, which never ever happens with a cookbook!”
“This is truly an incredible resource for any baker, newbie to experienced.”
“One of the most gorgeous well laid out cookbook I’ve ever received…the pictures are beautiful,can’t wait to try them all out!! A MUST buy!!”
If you haven’t reviewed my cookbook on Amazon yet, y0u should know that not only do I read and appreciate every comment, and not only does my mother read them and shep nachas, but they really help prospective customers decide if they want to buy the book, so every review makes a huge difference! Click here to review it. Thank you!
Some of my blogger friends have also written really nice things about Something Sweet. Check out these reviews from:
What Jew Wanna Eat | The Spiffy Cookie | Pragmattic Attic | Hungry Couple NYC | Busy in Brooklyn | Cookbook Junkies | The Nosher | Cake Spy | Bizzy Bakes | Keep It Sweet Desserts | Levana Cooks | Food and Fond Memories
I love to see when people share what they’ve made on social media! Follow along with #SomethingSweetCookbook, and make sure to use that hashtag when you post, so I can see it!
Another thing I wanted to let you guys know about is some events I’m doing. I’m booked up for a while, and two events that are open to the public and worth mentioning are:
November 14th, in Chicago. I’m doing a cooking demo, and would love to meet my Chicago fans. Email shoe.zacks at gmail dot com for info on that.
November 9th, NYC – I’m the keynote speaker at the Kosher Food Blogger’s Conference! I’ll be speaking about how to grow your audience and really make an impact in the world of kosher food. If you’re a food blogger and looking to grow, I really recommend you come! Click here for tickets.
Want to book me for an event in your community? Email overtime cook at gmail dot com.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to start doing these more regularly, so I’d love to hear what you think, and if there’s anything else you’d like to see – discussions, tips, menu ideas… let me know! – Miriam