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So You Want to Write a Cookbook?

So You Want to Write a Cookbook?

By Chef Instructor Jenny McCoy, School of Pastry & Baking Arts

Most aspiring authors have no clue of just how much time and effort goes into writing a cookbook. By the time an author has completed her manuscript, she is often wondering why in the world she signed up to write one in the first place. Rizzoli published my first cookbook, Desserts for Every Season, in September of 2013, to critical acclaim. However, it was only with the help of an incredible agent, editor, photographer, and cookbook design team that I was actually able to get the thing written.

So as I finalize the contract details for my next cookbook(!), I thought this would be the perfect time to write about my efforts in securing a book deal, as well as the the process I like to use to write the books themselves. In a kind of mini-series of posts for the ICE Blog, I am going to break down the process for you in four stages:

  1. Writing a Proposal
  2. Selling a Proposal
  3. Project Planning and Management
  4. Writing and Shooting Photos for a Cookbook

How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements:


How to Write a Cookbook Proposal - Tips for Getting Started

If you want your cookbook to be published by a major publisher, you will need a platform and a book proposal.

Writing a cookbook proposal requires more than just having a stash of recipes. As cookbooks include not only writing, but recipes and, most times, photographs, cookbook proposal is a has some special requirements: