One of our member’s, Vanessa Kimbell has just written and released her first cookbook. She left her job in IT in May 2010 and decided to follow her dream to write a cookbook designed for time short foodies. Vanessa persuaded her local newspaper in Northampton to take her on as a food writer, she set up a blog to chart her book writing progress and used social networking to promote, ask for recipe testers and bring her book to the world!
‘Prepped!: Gorgeous Food without the Slog – a Multi-tasking Masterpiece for Time-short Foodies’ was released at the end of May 2011. MFB members were highly involved in recipe testing for the book before it was published. Julia of A Wannabe Foodie tested Chocolate Cookies, Lemon Polenta Savoury Muffins and Lemon Pork Risotto. Jules of Butcher, Baker tested Chocolate Beef and Rhubarb Tart. I tested the Eccles Cakes recipe as well.
As we were recipe testers, we were invited to the cookbook launch in Northampton. Jules was unable to attend but Julia and I attended and had the picture with Vanessa taken above. At the launch, there was lots of chatting about blogging and cake. We were able to meet many bloggers from around the country including Ruth from The Pink Whisk. We had a fantastic time. Vanessa is going to start writing ‘Prepped 2’ soon and we here at MFB wish her lots of luck for the future and hope we can help with the recipe testing for the second book too!
By Jo of Jo’s Kitchen on behalf of MFB