Only a few hours after I had received an email that so brightened my day (an FYI that my second cookbook would go into 2nd printing), I was interviewed by a Swiss magazine: …and of course we touched on the subject of food bloggers who turned cookbook authors.
The first signed book contracts by food bloggers were a small sensation back then, in the early days of food blogging, nowadays publishing houses and agents are screening the food blogosphere quite thoroughly for new talents – and the continuing success of food bloggers’ cookbooks proves them just right. Do the math.
So what conclusions can be drawn from the fact that a blogger manages to maintain a significant and loyal readership over years:
– there already is a target group for a book
– the recipes work – bloggers who deliver crap recipes can’t keep up their readership
– successful bloggers often unite various talents in one person (e.g. trend-spotting, story-telling, recipe-writing, food-styling and -photographing)
Naturally, the number of book-publishing food bloggers has increased tremendously over the last years and some real cookbook gems have entered the market. On the downside: It has become quite a challenge to stay up-to-date on all new releases and anticipated publications. That’s why I decided to compile a list of past as well as future cookbook releases – with your help.
Let’s get started! Below lists (no.1 & 2) are by no means complete, consider them work in progress, please add missing food bloggers (who have written a cookbook [edit: in English language] or otherwise food-related book or those who are currently working on one) in the comment section – I will update these lists as new entries are being submitted. Only requirement: The food blogger must have started his/her food blog before working on his/her cookbook(s).
Finally, I compiled an extra list (no.3) for cookbook authors/food writers who started a regularly updated food blog later on in their writing career (somebody missing? leave a comment!).
LIST no.1 – Food bloggers turned cookbook authors (by publishing date):
The Julie/Julia Project (sadly no longer online) by Julie Powell
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier
Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen
Orangette by Molly Wizenberg
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Chez Pim by Pim Techamuanvivit
The Foodie Handbook: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy
The Julie/Julia Project (sadly no longer online)/What could happen? by Julie Powell
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
Big Girls, Small Kitchens by Phoebe Lapine, Cara Eisenpress
In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World
Cakespy by Jessie Oleson
CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life
Healthnut Foodie by Katie Boyer Newell
Feeding our Families: Bringing back the made-from-scratch family dinner
LIST no.2 – …in the process (alphabetically):
Art of Gluten-Free Baking
bake at 350
cannelle et vanille
Dinner: A Love Story
Food for My Family
Food in Jars
Joy the Baker
La Tartine Gourmande
Love & Olive Oil
Not Quite Nigella
Savory Sweet Life
Stuff I Make, Bake and Love
The Clothes Make The Girl
The Naptime Chef
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
The Sophisticated Gourmet
The Wednesday Chef
What Katie Ate
LIST no.3 – Food writers/cookbook authors who started a food blog in succession to their writing career (alphabetically):
Beranbaum, Rose Levy
Bradley, Susan S.
Sternman Rule, Cheryl
Anybody missing? Please add name and details in the comments section!