Hello Everyone!! Happy Spring!!
I hope you all have been very well. I’ve been over the moon, nutty excited about the fact that in a few short months I will officially be a first-time AUTHOR! Like a real one. With a book. With my name on it. Which I wrote. (Can you tell I can hardly believe it myself?)
These past few months have been a whirlwind of learning, cooking, photo shoots and just pure excitement. As anyone that has written a manuscript knows, the completion of and creation of a book is like having a baby. For the past few years I’ve been obsessed with the topic of how to feed our babies and children better. I have madly researched recipes, talking to parents from around the world about what they feed their children. Studied taste bud development and the science of how we learn to eat and accept flavor. I’ve steamed, boiled, baked and pureed every ingredient from fish to fruit to pork to pumpkin. And I’ve played with all sorts of spices from around the world, cooking up meals to try out on my 4 and 2-year-old. It’s been a cooking and writing adventure and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
All this obsessive passion led to a book deal with Quirk Books (I love them!! and my agent for finding them!) last year. It’s been a wonderful and happy experience and I’ve had a chance to witness the inner-workings of how text goes from manuscript to pretty book. Also how photographers can make baby food purees look like glamorous little bowls of goodness (go Christine Han!).
My whole life I have wanted to find a career I was passionate about. It certainly wasn’t the law, where I first started out. After having children, I was at home, not quite knowing what my path would be in life. But my little Kirina, God love her. Her intense dislike of bland food led me on this mission and passion to make seasoned and yummy meals for children. She’s led me to a whole new chapter (literally) in my life.
I feel very, very blessed to have such a wonderful team producing this book. Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food will be published by Quirk Books in August of this year! If you are curious to see the cover pages, check out my author site (omg I have an author site!) at Quirk. You can also pre-order on Amazon, just click here!!
I look forward to a little more writing and posting as I navigate my way through the rest of this process. In the meantime, don’t forget to spice it up!! Add a pinch of something flavorful the next meal you make for your little one.
From my little one’s high chairs to your little one’s, bon appetit!