Announcing my Cookbook: Puff Pastry at Brunch

Puff Pastry at BrunchI have some exciting news to share with you. I’ve been keeping it under wraps for months. Waiting. Sitting on my hands. Impatient for the day when I could tell you: my first cookbook has just been published! I’m trying to stay calm, cool, collected, but the truth is I can barely contain my excitement. Of course I could have told you it was coming, drummed up excitement and shown you previews. Call me superstitious, but I couldn’t believe it until I saw it on Amazon (you see, I’ve had a few projects in the pipelines that either never got started or have been delayed dramatically, so I’ve learned to be cautious). But yesterday it was published. For real. In living color. Here, see for yourself:


Let me tell you a little bit about it. For starters, it’s an e-cookbook. It has been published by a wonderful new digital publishing house called Hang Time Press (you may recall my interview with Lori from Hang Time a few months back). Their niche is primarily mini e-cookbooks, although they will also be publishing some full length e-books starting in 2013. I first met Lori through her lovely blog, Wine Country Cook and was thrilled when we decided to work together on this project. You can check out the other mini e-cookbooks they have published here and in their spring catalogue.

In case you couldn’t tell from the title, the cookbook has 10 recipes, all of which use frozen, packaged puff pastry as the basis for inspiring brunch recipes. Ten recipes may not sound like a lot, but the book is 52 pages of my photography, recipes, and tips on working with puff pastry. I like to think that each recipe is really just a springboard for other recipes, and I offer a lot of ideas on how you can alter and adapt each one. Plus, I’m not joking when I say I poured my heart and soul into these 10 recipes. With the exception of one, they are all new and never before published here or anywhere. Each recipe is my own creation, tested again and again until they were just perfect.

Puff Pastry at Brunch

Yes, I’m quite proud of this little book.

The butterflies in my stomach are dancing, and my heart is all aflutter. I’m excited to finally be able to share this with you. Here’s where you come in: Please buy my book! It’s only $2.99. That’s the price of a coffee at Starbucks. Just about 11 shekels for my Israeli friends. It’s available at the Amazon Kindle store, and for Barnes and Noble’s Nook. Soon it will be out on iTunes. You can check out all the options here. Don’t have an iPad or e-reader? No problem! Download Kindle for Mac here and PC here to read it on your computer.

And, of course, I’d be thrilled, honored, and through the moon if you share it with your friends and readers, family and strangers on the street. If you like it, a review on Amazon or elsewhere would be incredible.

A note if you are kosher or vegetarian: There are two recipes that call for bacon/prosciutto and one that features salmon, but I offer delicious vegetarian substitutions for each so please don’t let that deter you! Seriously, the baked egg cups are just as special without prosciutto, and no one would notice bacon missing from the quiche. I am sorry to my vegan friends, though, as puff pastry is, by its very nature, very not vegan.

Thanks to all my readers for being my supporters and cheerleaders, and allowing me to be a part of this fabulous community of food blogging.

Linked up at Tastetastic Thursday over at A Little Nosh

137 thoughts on “Announcing my Cookbook: Puff Pastry at Brunch

  1. Manu

    WOWOWOWOW CONGRATULATIONS Katherine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a fantastic news! I know it’s going to be wonderful being that you wrote it and took the pictures! I cannot wait to see it!!! :-))))

  2. Hotly Spiced

    Wow! Katherine – how could you contain yourself! That is incredible and exciting and so wonderful. Congrats on such a fantastic achievement and I do hope it goes really well for you xx

  3. Kale Crusaders

    So exciting, Katherine, congratulations! This mini e-cookbook format is a really cool idea.

    As for vegan (and parve) puff pastry, apparently Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry sheets are vegan!

    • Katherine

      Thank you!!! That is so good to know about Pepperidge Farm puff pastry! Crazy! Who’da thunk? I will have to make a note of that if we ever make a revised copy of the book πŸ™‚

  4. sallybr

    What great news!!!!! Congratulations!

    what an awesome accomplishment! You have all the right to be dancing on top of the world for years and years now!

  5. kitchenriffs

    Wow! Big, big congrats! E-publishing is the future (and already the present), IMO. The real value publishers add to most authors is the marketing and distribution. And these days they’re doing little marketing (except for their “A” list books), and with Amazon and Barnes & Noble selling so many books, distribution isn’t as challenging as it used to be (and with E-Books the distribution problem is relatively minor). I used to work in publishing – primarily college and professional books. And although I’ve never done cookbooks, my office used to be next to the editor that published the CIA cookbooks – who of course became my best friend so I could get free cookbooks! Anyway, the whole business is changing, and IMO we’ll be seeing a lot of author-driven E-Books in the future. Caveat is the cookbook market still seems to be a pretty strong print and paper market – even I, who love E-Books, still like to work from a physical cookbook, so we’ll see what happens. Anyway, great, great news. You’re an excellent writer and photographer, so I’m sure the book is great.

    • Katherine

      Thank you!! I agree, it’s all changing. This e-cookbook is sort of an experiment with this kind of stuff. Luckily I have a publisher behind me who is doing a good part of the marketing, which is a huge plus over say self-publishing. I also love both e-books and physical books, especially cookbooks.

  6. Sarah

    Congratulations on your first cookbook enterprise. I think its wonderful that you had the motivation and focus to do it- including all the recipe and photographs yourself. It will be a spring board for many cookbooks to come.

  7. Hannah

    Mazel tov, Katherine! What happy news – I can’t wait to check your book out. Knowing your recipes and photos, it’s sure to be a delight. I’m thrilled for you!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Katherine, I’m really excited for you, and congratulations on this big achievement! Hooray! You must be so happy to see it’s actually finished and in the official Amazon Kindle and B&N site now. =) Yay!!!!

  9. beti

    that must be really exciting! congratulations I love the idea and the cookbook looks like a great compilation of recipes, it is such a huge step but I’m happy for you

  10. Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie

    Congratulations! I have ideas for TWO at this point, which, if things keep going like this, will never materialize… LOL I LOVE puff pastry!!! Good for you.

    On another note, I’ve given you a “Liebster Blog” award, b/c you’re so awesome (flattery, I know, but well deserved).

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much, both for the congrats, and for the award! *bats eyelashes* I can imagine any cookbook you would put together would be amazing Sofie, I really hope you go for it!

  11. Anon

    Clicked on the link for the Nook version but it directed me to the Amazon Kindle version instead. I’ll search on the B&N site for it.

  12. Asmita

    Congratulations! This is big news. So happy and excited for you. Will have to get my hands on the book as soon as possible. All the best Katherine. Well done!!!

  13. Tina@flourtrader

    This is big news! I am sure you are so excited about this, heck I am even excited for you. There is so much untapped talent in the food blogging world and I am glad to see that you got published-congrats. The book looks amazing! This is the just the beginning of more awesome things to come your way, so enjoy it.

  14. mjskit

    I’m definitely coming in late on this one, but I guess – better late than never. πŸ™‚ CONGRATULATIONS! This is so, so AWESOME! Yes, I can see why you are jumping up and down with excitement! What I can see from this post I can see that it’s a beautiful book with 10 awesome recipes. Since I’ve never ever worked with or cooked with puff pastry, it’s definitely an educational cookbook for me. Thanks!

    • Katherine

      Oh thank you so much MJ!! You will love working with puff pastry, I just know it. Frozen puff pastry defrosts fairly quickly and has endless uses. I really adore it.

  15. Jeff

    52 pages for 10 recipes makes this book totally worth it, and I think it’s obvious that you put a lot of work into those recipes! Congratulations! This is HUGE!

  16. Terra

    Oh Katherine, you should be dancing, singing, and just soaking it all in!!! How wonderful, I am so excited for you:-) I have on my kitchen bucket list to make puff pastry, I will definitely be buying your e-book!! I have a goal to create an e-book, I will have to chat with you sometime:-) Congrats my friend!!! Go enjoy a happy dance!!! Hugs, Terra

    • Katherine

      Aww thanks Terra! You make me smile. These recipes actually all use convenient packaged puff pastry, so you don’t even need to touch your bucket list for this! Of course, homemade puff pastry would work too! Thanks so much. Hugs!

    • Katherine

      Also, spaced out – you should totally create an e-book! Your recipes are so wonderful. I’m happy to talk about it any time. Feel free to shoot me an email πŸ™‚

  17. Tess Gardner

    Congratulations, Katherine!!! How wonderful =)) … I hope you don’t mind, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award πŸ˜‰ You can read more about it on my blog and I’m looking forward to your response =)) Enjoy the rest of your weekend !!!

    PS – I know your very busy so if you don’t have time to participate, I’ll understand πŸ˜‰

    • Katherine

      Thank you Mary!! Absolutely. Let’s see, there’s the puff pastry galette with creme fraiche, creme fraiche scrambled eggs, and chives. There’s strawberry-rhubarb and cream cheese pastries. Spinach and feta turnovers/burekas. Baked puff pastry egg cups with bacon and cheddar. Oooh and simply divine caramelized banana stacks with whipped cream – so good! You can also go to Amazon and “preview” it for the full table of contents πŸ™‚ Also I published the full spinach and feta turnovers recipe at a guest post over at Just One Cookbook on Wednesday, so you can head over there to check it out.

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