Saturday, March 14, 2009

Reader, what say you?

As many of you know, I have been working on my book for a long, long time. My agent, who has the patience of a saint, has kindly just read the fourth version of my proposal. I am thinking of including recipes with the essays. The recipes wouldn't be overly complicated, go-ask-Julia types of food preparation. They would be sidebars to the essays: Essentially the many dinners, few desserts and occasional lunch I throw together for my family. There might also be a recipe for my younger son's lemonade, which he insists on making from scratch. So here is my question to all of you who occasionally weigh in on this blog: Would you buy a book that combined coping essays with recipes? Think Nora Ephron meets Anne Lamott, Laurie Colwin, MFK Fisher and Kingsley Amis in a bar. Nobody is drinking but everyone is hungry.

1 comment:

  1. Especially nowadays, people are cooking at home more and more. And while I know books don't appear on shelves overnight, I think it's a trend that's likely to stick. Cookbooks have value, even to someone who is not a voracious reader -- and if someone is a reader but not a cook I don't think recipes are a deterrent but more like a bonus.

    Good luck!