Sunday, July 8, 2012


It's official, folks! I formally submitted all the last corrections for my book (In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs) to the fine people over at Kent State University Press on June 1, 2012. They, in turn, have sent the final files over to the printer, where those fine people are doing their thing as we speak. In the meantime, everyone's collectively breathing a huge sigh of relief. Please allow me to explain. 

This book of mine has been a true labor of love (as well as frustration) for over three years now. It started with the seed of an idea. Progressed to the let-me-see-how-far-I-can-take-it stage. Morphed into a formal proposal sent out to various publishers. Turned into a joyful reality when the lovely Joyce Harrison of KSU Press accepted it. Reared its ugly head when details upon details upon details emerged during its creation and development and implementation. Turned the corner and became good again when even the tiniest details finally started coming together so nicely, thank goodness. And then ended up becoming a thing of beauty (see cover below) that will be in our hands before too long. September 2012, to be exact. (Fingers crossed!)

So there you have it in a nutshell. A lot of work. A lot of coordination. A lot of hand wringing. A lot of fires put out. A lot of sleepless nights. But oh-so-much satisfaction, too.

This premiere post is the first of many I plan to share with you along the way. So please come back and visit often for regular updates on the book and more. Until then, I invite you to click here and add this lovely gem of a book to your wish list. Better yet, pre-order it before the stash runs out (wishful thinking)!


 Cover design by Christine Brooks of KSU Press

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