If you follow me or Elsie on IG (or Elsie on Snapchat), then you may know that I went to Nashville twice within the span of one month to photograph the cookbook with Elsie at her house (mostly in her sunroom). We wrote our portions of the book apart, texting or emailing things back and forth. I even have an album on my phone called “cookbook uglies” that is all photos of recipes we texted back and forth, mostly late at night when we were working on them. So they don’t look too appetizing in the dark, sometimes very yellow kitchen lights. We made sure to dress them up in pretty light for the book though. Don’t worry. 🙂
But, sometime throughout my visits, I started telling Elsie that I thought the next cookbook (that I’m imagining I’ll get to write – it’s not real… I don’t have another cookbook deal, guys) will be entitled, So You Think You Can Stir Fry?! It started off as a TV show idea that we quickly morphed into a book idea/inside joke.
We are just about wrapped up on cookbook stuff though, and I can’t believe it’s already over! Time feels like it’s just rushing by lately. We still have plenty of edits to do, and we still don’t yet have a cover pinned down or technically the official title. But we’re dreaming on those, and we CANNOT WAIT to share more with you guys as soon as we can. I am both dying to share and simultaneously terrified because I am SO nervous about whether anyone will like or read this book. I’m definitely at the stage where I’m overthinking everything about it even though it’s sort of too late in a lot of ways. Ah!!!!!!
What do you think, sister? Any favorite memories from cookbook writing so far?
I had so much fun working on the cookbook! Not only was it the best excuse to have Emma in town for two whole weeks, but it went so much more seamlessly than I thought it would. It was super fun and hardly stressful at all. I guess it’s all those years of food blogging that fully prepared us?
Either way – it was a lot of fun!
The hardest thing about writing books is the extremely LONG wait after it’s done being written before it comes out. I’ve gotten used to it by now, but it feels very unnatural after all these years of blogging. When we write a recipe for the blog, it usually goes up within a few days… a week or two at the most. So it does feel very strange to have written recipes we are really excited about that you guys won’t get until next year. I don’t think I would have thrived as much in a pre-Internet world, you guys! Haha!
Also, my copper pot set is c/o Martha Stewart.
xo! Emma + Elsie
Credits//Author: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer.