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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Want In?

Are you sick of eating the same things day after day?

I'm hoping you'll help me out.

I want to create another cookbook. This won't be just any cookbook, though. By Christmas 2013, I want you to be able to gift your friends and family the "Neighbors of the Madhouse" cookbook.

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So, here's the deal....If you would like to appear in this book, will you come up with your very favorite recipe and send it to me? I will also send you a questionnaire and ask you to answer as many questions as you'd like. From that questionnaire, I will create a biographical sketch; unless, of course, you'd like to submit your own. I will also ask for a photo of you. The photo and bio will go on one page; the recipe will go on the facing page.

If you'd like to share the recipe of someone close to you--your mom, your sister, your next-door neighbor, I'm great with that too. Just make sure you get his/her permission. I will still ask for the biographical information and a photo in this case as well.

I will try the recipe you send and highlight it on my blog. At this point, I'm picturing two posts like this a week. When I try the recipe, I will take a photo of it for the book as well.

The only thing I ask is that your recipe not contain things that LDS people choose not to consume. If you need clarification on this, please don't hesitate to ask. You should know by now, there's not a whole lot that I hide.

Unlike the first cookbook, this one I'm picturing as a hardbound photo book. I would like it to be around 100 pages long. That would mean 50 recipes. If I end up with less than 50, I won't make it into a book, but you will still be highlighted on the Madhouse blog. If it's more than 50, the book will end up being a bit more expensive, but I figure, we can adjust and change my image a bit--recipe and bio on the same page, more than one recipe on a page--stuff like that.

After checking on Blurb.com, I can see that this book, if hardbound will be around $30. The more sold, the greater the discount. My hope is to have the project done in time for people to order for Christmas 2013. If you submit a recipe and are thus entered in the cookbook, you will have first dibs on ordering. There will also be a discount applied to your order. The cookbook will also be offered for sale to the general public.

So....are you in? If so, please take a moment to email me--jolierufus(at)gmail(dot)com. I'll email you back the questionnaire. Thanks! This is going to be so much fun!!!

11 comments:

Kimberly said...

Count me in!

Julie said...

Thanks Kim! I'll email you.

Karen said...

Me to!!! So excited!!!

Julie said...

Karen, what's the best way to reach you? You can email me at jolierufus(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks! I'm excited about this too!

Jeanette said...

I'm intrigued... now I would just need to decide what MY favorite recipe is. That's the hard part, really!

Julie said...

I'm with you on that one, Jeanette, TOTALLY! If you'll send me your email address (via FB?), I'll get you the questionnaire. Thanks for joining us!

Amanda Dahl Larimer said...

sounds good...I'm in.

Debra/Mom said...

I want to do this too! I know just the recipe. It would be honoring my grandma Houk. Thank you for doing this Julie, you are wonderful!

Heather said...

Good luck! Color books get pricey fast (your estimate seems low to me unless you plan on doing a large bulk order). The one I made from cooking club recipes that has full color pics/70pgs is $24-30 (softcover/hardcover) and most people thought that was too much to pay for a cookbook.

Julie said...

I went and checked Blurb. That was the estimated price. What company did you use, Heather?

vaxhacker said...

I think Blogger ate my previous reply, but I want in as well.

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