A tiny tribe of enthusiasts are essential to bring a project to life. And when it comes to Food Gift Love, a very talented group of creatives applied their entire hearts and stomachs to my first cookbook. They believed. They put in the hours. And they totally kept me afloat when a certain recipe needed another try, when the schedules of all my jobs collided, or when there simply weren’t enough hours in the day. (Are there ever?! I am positive the answer is no.)
Besides deserving a big hug that lasts at least 30 seconds plus lots of gift wrapped food gifts (naturally), these folks who helped to bring Food Gift Love to life need about a thousand thank you’s. Lucky me, I’ve partnered with the very good folks at Blurb to do just that. Blurb is a self-publishing platform that makes it possible to create and publish your very own book in just a few hours.
With some freshly juiced apples (you know, Fall!) at our side, the cookbook’s photographer, Heidi Murphy, and I spent a couple hours culling together unofficial photos, mostly from her phone, into Blurb’s software. It was fun to relive the moments that we both hold so dearly. Between her photos and our joint memories, we were able to create a sweet behind-the-scenes thank you book for all the fabulous people who worked on Food Gift Love.
The thank you book is short and sweet, just under 50 pages. It’s filled with little moments from the making of the book, like how we searched for the right light, details on some of the special produce I found, advice from our favorite food stylist Catrine Kelty, and tips on how to keep it all fun. I’m printing up 5-6 books to give to those who were involved with the making of Food Gift Love, as a sweet little thanks for believing in the dream.
Thank you, too, dear readers, for keeping this food gift love thing alive by visiting Eat Boutique and all of our in-real-life events. I’ve got one more thank you for those local to Boston — scroll down now, friends!
*** You’re Invited to the Boston Food Gift Love Release Party ***
That’s right! You’re invited to celebrate Food Gift Love with us on Friday, October 16. We have 20 spaces left for folks to join us as we celebrate in style from 6:00-8:00PM at the incredible Loyal Nine restaurant.
I will, of course, be on-site to toast this special occasion–first drink is on us and provided by Berkshire Mountain Distillers–as well as sign copies of my book (my book, so strange) which will be available for purchase through Harvard Bookstore.
A variety of light snacks, created by Loyal Nine co-owner Mark Sheehan and the Loyal Nine kitchen, will be available. And a Danger Booth Photo Booth and lovely flower arrangements thanks to Five Fork Farms will just add to the festivities.
We’ll end the evening on a sweet note (a little treat made with love from my book), but not before you enter for a chance to win 2 incredible prizes provided by Le Parfait Jars.
As this is a free, private event, with only 20 spaces available, please RSVP Now by sending an email with the name of you and 1 guest to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a first-come-first-served basis only, so act fast.
Event details: Friday, October 16, 6:00–8:00PM at Loyal Nine Cafe | 660 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
This tiny thank you book and blog post was created in partnership with Blurb. All opinions and materials remain our own, of course!
Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.