A few weeks back, when I was “resting and relaxing” I felt incredibly inspired to get going. I had pulled out ALL of my cookbooks and starting browsing through each.
What was it I loved about them? What inspired me? Why were my favorite cookbooks my favorite? How come some cookbooks I never even made a recipe from? How come some I made recipes from but never actually read the intros or the headnotes? Did I like the font? The author’s voice? The photography? How did each organize their recipes? What size cookbooks did I like? What layouts appealed to me?
I examined every book from cover to cover and came up with 13 that, together, had everything I ever wanted in a cookbook. Feeling even more inspired, I put together a rough (cannot say ROUGH enough) outline of my book.
And now fast forward to this week…
I picked out the two flour blends I wanted to focus on in this first cookbook.
1. My Cake Mix
2. My “PIC” Mix or Partner in Crime Mix. Yeah… I am not quite sure that will remain the name of this mix but that is truly the function it serves! There are hardly any recipes that use just the PIC Mix but it plays such a vital role when blended with my other flour mixes!! It is also fantastic for thickening soups - a PIC to the butter in the roux if you will :) Perhaps, it will just be my Roux Mix?! Food for thought…
With a rough outline of the book in mind and my flour blends chosen, I decided to pull out all of my recipes that used one or both of these two mixes.
After pulling all of my recipes, I separated them into categories. My goal was to have 5 categories for the book each containing 15 recipes or another way to think about it, 5 wonderful chapters totally 75 insanely awesome gluten free recipes!
Some chapters ended up with WAY more than 15 recipes and others ended up rather short; then I also had a handful of recipes on the side that were not included in any of the categories at all! So I spent hours, yes HOURS, going through each chapter over and over again; eliminating recipes, adding recipes, exchanging recipes, and deciding there were recipes I just had to have that I hadn’t even created yet!!
Lastly, I put together a writing schedule that goes 18 weeks out (through May 6th) which outlines dates to have headnotes written by, recipes written by, my introduction, tips + techniques, and so on... as well as dates to proofread and edit by.
Keeping it short and sweet today, here are all the chapters you have to look forward to!
Chapter 1: Cakes (frostings, fillings, and classic cake recipes)
Chapter 2: Breakfast Bites (enough said)
Chapter 3: Cookies (all the customer favorites from RylieCakes’ brick + mortar plus a few extra)
Chapter 4: Brownies and Bars (more customer favorites from RylieCakes’ brick + mortar)
Chapter 5: The Savory Side (If you don’t like sweets, these 15 recipes give you EVERY REASON NEEDED to buy this cookbook anyways!)
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