It’s Happening Again: We’re Writing a Book!

ABM cookbook announcementLast night Elsie and I hosted a Live Stream (you can watch it here in case you missed the live version), and we made a pretty special announcement. Here it is (drum roll….): we're writing a book again!!!

I remember when we announced our first book deal (which was for two books). It was 2012 and for some reason I seemed to have really sweaty looking hair in those photos even though it was March. What was I doing before we took those photos? Moving furniture? I guess we'll never know, but it will be forever documented (sigh). 


So, what kind of book, you might ask? Good question. It's a cookbook, guys. Finally. I cannot tell you how excited I am to write this book. I LOVE cookbooks. Like, seriously, I own way too many (ask Trey). I love food photography and sharing recipes and I've been doing it for years right here on the blog, with all of you. And I feel so honored, excited, totally scared, and completely humbled that we will get to one day have a book sitting on the cookbook shelves in bookstores. It's seriously a dream come true and something I've been working towards for a really long time now. 

Will it be a best-of type book with the same kind of recipes we share on ABM already? Excellent question. This is actually the question I've been asking myself for quite a while before I started working on my pitch. Many other websites and food bloggers have come out with cookbooks that feature recipes from all the categories they usually cover. Which is totally cool, as I've bought many of these books myself. But for us, I didn't want to do a big blogger cookbook. And here's why. This could be the only cookbook I ever get to write. You guys might LOVE it, or you might not. I don't really know yet. You've certainly requested we write a cookbook many times, but this doesn't necessarily mean it will be a bestseller. So, I started thinking, if someone from the future came and told me, "Look, Emma, yes you will get to write a cookbook but it's going to be the only one you ever write. So make it a good one." what would I want to write? It could be super specific, like all ice cream, or it could be all my very favorite recipes that span over every meal. It could be anything. So what would I really want to write if I only got one? What would be the most useful and exciting thing that I could put out there? And that's how we approached this cookbook concept. I promise we will share more later. For now I'm just gonna leave you with those thoughts. 

ABM cookbook announcement ABM cookbook announcement  (Here's some really attractive outtakes for you! Ha!)

We've already started work on the book. Elsie and I have different sections and roles that we will be working in while we complete the content this next year. Then we edit and print for a year. Well, not us, our publishers (Chronicle—yay!) will edit and print it. And then it will come out. It's a lot of work and a lot of time before we'll actually get to show you this thing—but I am seriously SO excited. I think I've said that about 50 times in this post already. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your encouragement and support. xo. Emma + Elsie

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Such great news!! Can’t wait to read and cook from it. Congratulations! xo

  • Congratulations! I’ve been waiting for this announcement! I absolutely love your other books and look through them when I need a little inspiration. I’m so excited for the cookbook!


  • Congratulations!!!! I’m soooo looking forward for the book! and i looove the livestreams, even if i’m never up when you guys do them cause i’m from spain they are very nice and fun to watch, it feels like skyping with friends 🙂

  • This is so exciting! I have both of your previous books, so it’s time to make space for #3! ?

  • Congratulations ladies! I knew this would happen sooner of later! I love your recipes because they are different, fun and always delicious. The mix of healthy and indulgent is a hit!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Congrats, well if you ask what I’d like to read , probably I’ll say personal favorite recipes with personal stories connected, as reader I like when wirters share some of their personal life:P…

  • Yay I am excited for the new book!
    On an unrelated note, can you tell me where the kitchen cart is from?

  • This is so exciting! Congratulations you two! I love the recipes you post here because they are so easy, but always have a fun, celebratory vibe, so I am psyched to have a whole book of them! It would also be fun to have a small DIY section, like with some food-based beauty products. I cannot wait to get more updates!

  • Congratulations! I was so excited when I saw the Livestream! My Bloglovin is full of food blogs, and your food posts rival the very best of them. Please, please include a cocktails chapter in the cookbook. Pretty, pretty, please with mint and citrus on top?

  • congratulations guys! this is so big, love how bloggers are getting the attention they deserve!xx

  • *pre-orders!!*

    Now this is just mean. I want to know what the book is going to be about! I’m guessing healthy things because there are a lot of healthy things on that table. Mmmmm.

  • I’m SO excited for this. I kind of love cookbooks and I was super excited when I was watching last night. I feel like you ladies are my friends–I’ve loved watching you both grow..(not in a pregnant way, Elsie 😉 ) And I can’t wait to get my hands on this! <3

  • I seriously CANNOT WAIT! I’m going to be first in line– I look forward to hearing more details!!

  • Consider one bought already! You guys are so great and have inspired us (my husband and I) to do so many awesome/creative things to our home so thank you. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog a few years ago and can’t wait to see the journey of the book.


  • Congrats! And I love the way you’re thinking about putting it together, Emma. Super wise perspective! I know you ladies will rock it out & it’ll be super pretty, too. Oh, and good pics for this post, no sweat look at all! =P

  • I already commented on Instagram but I’m so excited I’ll comment here too! Can’t wait! Yip yip!

  • Really wonderful + right up your alley… so no surprise that you struck up this book deal. But the mysterious topic… Yay! And Chronicle… YAY!!! Go get ’em, ladies!

  • I was wondering when a cookbook would be in your future! Many congrats!
    Sarah m

  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I hope it involves lots of baking 😉

  • Congratulations! Look forward to it coming out!! 😀 you ladies are inspirational!

  • Congrats, friends! Much love and best wishes to ya.


  • Congrats!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Good work ?

  • Congrats ladies! I have your first two books and although I’m not much of a cooking/baking aficionado, I already know I’ll have to get it to complete my collection. Plus everything you do create is beautifully photographed and looks delicious. I cants wait! You guys are amazing!! and oh heck…I’m already daydreaming about opening that beautiful book and picking out recipes to try. See what you guys do to us?!! Hahaha

  • Congratulations! I’ve been a fan of your blog since the early days, and even took a course from you about blogging. What better title for a cookbook than “A Beautiful Mess” ! I love to cook and it shows in the kitchen, but it is so worth it in the end!

    XX Anna of Analog House

  • I saw when you posted on SnapChat a few days ago that you were making a big announcement on Friday, so today I totally scurried over here to see what it was!! Congrats, I can’t wait to get the cookbook in my hot little hands. PS I love your snapchats!

  • Well, congratulations 🙂 That’s so exciting! I was one of the people that wrote in the comments that I thought you’d be great at writing a cookbook so I get all the credit. No! Just kidding! You totally deserve this. I was wondering something though. Will this cookbook cover many different foodie lifestyles? Such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free? Just wondering if its something that I could get use out of too. Thanks!

  • Oh myyyy now I cannot wait! This is so exciting! Congratulations you guys, your work is amazing and so exciting!


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