‘A Slice of Cherry Pie’: The Cookbook

At long last spring is almost here. I do love winter, as much as I love all of the seasons for what they each uniquely bring, but there does come a point in time when I start to long for the turning of the season and the changes it brings. That point has now come for me and I’m really happy to see spring flowers starting to pop up and the days gradually staying lighter for longer. I’ve just come back from a lunchtime walk and the sun is shining brightly and the air feels warmer. It seems the perfect time to tell you the news I’ve been bursting to tell you for so long: I’m busy working on my very own cookbook, based on this blog, which is due to be published next year.

I’ve had the idea for a book for a long time and it’s taken quite a while to get to this point – the idea needed development, a proposal had to be written, an agent and then a publisher found – but now the publishing contract is signed, sealed and delivered and I can finally share this wonderful development with you all. I hope to be able to tell you a little more as the finer details are worked out and share with you some of the ins and outs of my own personal experience of writing a cookbook.

I’d very much like to thank each and every one of you; those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning, those who found me more recently and everyone who’s ever engaged with me and the blog. You’ve given me the encouragement and confidence to keep going and, without a shadow of a doubt, you’ve helped to turn my dream of writing my own cookbook into a reality. It’s exciting, it’s thrilling and, I don’t mind telling you, a little bit scary too. But I’m enjoying every moment of it and I truly hope that you’ll continue along this wonderful journey with me.



  1. Gill the Painter
    February 27, 2009 / 1:41 pm

    the best of luck from this moment on with your dream from me. Gill

  2. Helen
    February 27, 2009 / 2:13 pm

    Do you remember you told me at the TP bloggers meet up and I had to keep it a secret! I’ve been bursting too! I’m glad this is out in the open and good luck.

  3. girlichef
    February 27, 2009 / 2:26 pm

    This is so great…congratulations! I look forward to it. Keep up the great blogging 🙂

  4. goodshoeday
    February 27, 2009 / 3:18 pm

    Wow – thats really exciting! I guess lots of bloggers hope to get to publish a book someday – I certainly do 🙂 hope you have great fun doing it and looking forward to hearing about how it goes on your blog. Well done.

  5. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    February 27, 2009 / 4:13 pm


  6. Anonymous
    February 27, 2009 / 6:10 pm

    Massive congratulations to you! We await publication with interest 🙂

  7. Julia
    February 27, 2009 / 7:04 pm

    Thanks so much everyone 🙂

    Helen – I do indeed remember! It’s been hard keeping it so quiet but I really needed to wait for everything to be finalised and the contract to be signed before I formally announced it. I’m so happy now that I have!

  8. kate
    February 27, 2009 / 7:16 pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations! I know it’s going to be amazing- can’t wait!!!

  9. Julia
    February 27, 2009 / 7:25 pm

    Thank you Kate 🙂

  10. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen
    February 27, 2009 / 8:28 pm

    Congratulations Julia! That is awesome awesome news! Wohooooo! I hope you have a great and celebratory weekend!

  11. glamah16
    February 27, 2009 / 8:32 pm

    Not sure if first comment went through. Congrts, Cant wait until it comes out!

  12. Brooke
    February 27, 2009 / 9:00 pm

    Congratulations! I would love to pick your brain some time about your process. I’ve just finished writing my proposal and sample chapter. Do you have any recommendations in finding an agent?

  13. Julia
    February 27, 2009 / 9:08 pm

    Thanks Jen and Glamah.

    Hi Brooke – that's fantastic, well done. I used The Writers & Artists Yearbook (British) to find mine. You need someone who works in your literary area and doesn't have any similar projects that would compete. But most importantly you need to feel comfortable that they're right for you. Do your homework before approaching them. Good luck x

  14. Cathy M
    February 28, 2009 / 12:06 pm

    Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing it.

  15. Caitlin
    February 28, 2009 / 3:13 pm

    That’s absolutely fantastic news – congratulations!

  16. Jenny
    February 28, 2009 / 4:47 pm

    That’s fantastic news. I cannot wait to buy your cookbook.

  17. Alex
    February 28, 2009 / 5:49 pm

    Wow, congratulations! We will all be queueing up for you to sign our copies!

  18. The Mrs.
    February 28, 2009 / 6:46 pm

    Wonderful news! Congratulations! I adore your blog and look forward to the opportunity to one day enjoy your cookbook as well! Good Luck!!!

  19. Vic
    February 28, 2009 / 10:12 pm

    OOoh exciting!

    I’ve already tried a few of your recipes so I know it will be fab! 🙂

    Well done. 🙂

  20. Chris P.
    March 1, 2009 / 5:56 am

    We’re all so proud of you, Julia. You are so deserving of your own cookbook. I can’t wait to purchase a copy! Be sure to at least have a guide to convert metric measurements into our American cups and ounces! You are destined for great things!!

  21. Julia
    March 1, 2009 / 2:21 pm

    You’re all so kind 🙂

    Hi Chris – thank you for your lovely comments. The metric conversion can be tricky, especially with baking, but I certainly hope to have a conversion guide.

  22. Holler
    March 1, 2009 / 5:51 pm

    That is brilliant news Julia! I can’t wait to see it now 🙂 Well done you for taking such a leap. I am feeling very proud of you!

  23. Anne
    March 1, 2009 / 8:09 pm

    Julia – huge congratulations!! I really am sooo happy for you and can’t wait to see all your lovely food in print!!

    Well done!!

  24. Alexx
    March 1, 2009 / 8:31 pm

    Wow that’s fantastic! Such great recognition for your writing talent and photography skill. I’ll definitely be buying this one 🙂

  25. Wendy
    March 1, 2009 / 10:09 pm

    Fabulous!!!! Can’t wait to see it. xx

  26. Teresa
    March 2, 2009 / 3:04 pm

    Wow how exciting. Good luck with it and I can’t wait to buy a copy.

  27. Browners
    March 2, 2009 / 5:38 pm

    Massive congratulations. This is so exciting. Good luck. It has been an amazing journey so far and is only going to get more interesting!

  28. Stephanie
    March 3, 2009 / 2:14 am

    Congratulations and good luck on this journey!

  29. Suzie
    March 3, 2009 / 9:19 am

    Congratulations on the exciting news and good luck with the rest of the process. I am so pleased for you.

  30. Swapna Pravin
    March 3, 2009 / 9:42 pm

    Good news 🙂 Congrag !!!

  31. Jude
    March 4, 2009 / 12:06 am

    Congratulations, Julia. I’ll be looking forward to it 🙂

  32. Julia
    March 4, 2009 / 12:15 am

    You’re all so lovely xx

  33. aussie expatriate 91
    March 4, 2009 / 11:47 am

    Great news about your book in the pipeline, Julia. Can’t wait to read it! love Sue Kotecha, Brighton.

  34. Anonymous
    August 15, 2009 / 3:47 pm

    You should talk about your 'back & forth' with the agent and the publisher. Are you sending recipes to friends, etc. to test; talk about that process. In your recipe for caramel with nuts, do you use brown sugar or white?
    Good luck, bermudashorts

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