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In this weekly podcast, host Maggie Green celebrates cookbook readers, buyers, collectors, and clubs, with interviews and conversations about the role of cookbooks in our lives. Her mission is to build and celebrate a community of people who would rather read, buy, and put on their shelf a cookbook over any other genre of book.

Cookbook Love Podcast Maggie Green

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    • 4.9, 25 Ratings

In this weekly podcast, host Maggie Green celebrates cookbook readers, buyers, collectors, and clubs, with interviews and conversations about the role of cookbooks in our lives. Her mission is to build and celebrate a community of people who would rather read, buy, and put on their shelf a cookbook over any other genre of book.

    20 Ways a Cookbook Writer Can Start the School Year

    20 Ways a Cookbook Writer Can Start the School Year

    Welcome to another episode of the podcast. With the beginning of the school year, I wanted to talk about 20 things we can do to start the school year - to learn something new and grow into a new project or create a new habit. 
    Give yourself some time to complete this exercise. This is the kind of stuff I like to reflect on as I embark on a new school year. I hope you enjoy this reflection.
    Write down everything you have accomplished this past 12 months. Pat yourself on the back. Tell yourself the story of how awesome you are to accomplish all of that. Write down the name of three people who helped you become the person you are today. Write them a note of appreciation. Write on a piece of paper the story you tell yourself about not being worthy of becoming a writer, author, or business owner, or whatever you dream of doing. Burn this story in the next neighborhood firepit gathering or in your fireplace. Your worthiness is never questioned. Ever. You were born worthy. The end. Practice telling yourself this every morning.  Write down something you wanted to accomplish yesterday, but didn’t. Write down the reason you didn’t accomplish this.  Take a look at this reason. If your reason is one that crops up ever so rarely, like, “My son had a fever of 103F and I sat with him and watched movies” then as a mom tell yourself, “I was standing where you were supposed to be standing” as Ron Rohlheiser says. You were doing what you needed to do. This happens rarely so all is well. If your reason for not doing what you want to do repeats and repeats itself over and over in your life, reasons like “I didn’t want to”, “I’m too busy”, or “I decided it wouldn’t matter”, “I don’t have enough time”, then…. Understand that sometimes we have to feel discomfort (negative emotion) to get to our dreams of becoming a writer, decluttering our closet, drinking less, or losing weight. And acknowledge that the real reason we don’t write, declutter, drink less, or lose weight is because of how it makes us feel to change and do something different. Write a letter to time. Tell time how you feel about it.  Reflect on this: Time is truly finite and the one finite thing we have - the minutes of our lives. Are you using the minutes of your life to make a difference? Or watching others make a difference?  Update your Instagram app. In the top right corner of the updated app, tap and set the timer to alert you when you’ve been in IG for 15 minutes/day. IG is fun and I use it too, but in this new school year let’s get back to living our lives and not watching others live their life.  Write a list of the recipes you love to cook and bake that everyone asks you for. You know - the recipes that make you the hit of the family, neighborhood, or office party. How can you package and monetize these recipes? Maybe write a short PDF eBook for your website, or consider a print cookbook project. Write down one habit you need to break or start for this school year.  Write down 10 reasons you can’t break that habit. Write down 10 reasons you need to break the habit. Decide which list wins. Every morning, write down in your new notebook all your thoughts. Get them out. Then decide if your thoughts are helping you take action to be the person you want to be, or are your thoughts causing inaction? Or are you just reacting? Did you know you can change your thoughts to take the action you want to take to get the results you want to get? Lifechanging for sure. Download a copy of the Cookbook Publishing Roadmap
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    • 26 min
    If You Want To Write a Cookbook: Ask Your Brain Questions

    If You Want To Write a Cookbook: Ask Your Brain Questions

    When we have a question the first thing many of us do is turn to Google.
    Google will tell us the answer.
    Google is amazing, but for finding answers that will help us grow and expand, we have to turn to our brains.
    My business coach teaches that the secret to anything "better" is better questions - the type of question that inspires high-quality results.
    When I ask my brain questions I jot the answers in Google Keep, or my iPhone notes app. If I'm in the car or on a walk I'll even record the answers on my iPhone. When I'm near my notebook and have a pen, well that's my favorite spot to answer.
    Today I want to share some questions for you to consider. Take time to ask. Your brain knows the answer.
        What would I need to think and feel so that I can make decisions like a writer who wants to find and pitch a publisher?     What would my life or book look like if I didn't procrastinate or self-sabotage my project?     What do I want to believe about finding a publisher for my cookbook?     How could my days or weeks change for the better if I got a grip on my schedule and stopped believing I don't have time?     How could I make pitching a publisher so easy that they couldn't do anything but offer me a contract?     How can I think, feel, and do to inspire cooks or bakers into action?     What new and fun opportunities will I have as a result of being the author of a print cookbook?     What thoughts about my cookbook project make me feel inspired? How can I inspire a publisher to take action on me?     What would I need to think to feel more confident as a cookbook writer?   What would a perfect day as a cookbook writer look like? what would it take to create that day? Do I have to have a perfect day to move forward with my project? Things We Mention In This Episode:
    Download a copy of the Cookbook Publishing Roadmap
    Please join our Confident Cookbook Writer Facebook Group

    • 18 min
    100 Things to Love About Cookbooks

    100 Things to Love About Cookbooks

    Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today is episode 100!
    The plan for today’s show is to list for you 100 “things” to love about cookbooks. So enjoy this episode as I run though features, people, topics, and more - all components of a cookbook that I love.
    Recipes Stories History lessons Illustration Photographs Ingredient discovery How to use ingredients Techniques Flavor building Boxed tips Mistakes to avoid Chef tips Pro tips Pantry lists Glossaries Shopping lists Endpapers Foreward Acknowledgments Index Introductions Table of Contents Charts for measurements Equivalents Conversions Substitutions Recipe writing style Action method recipes Formula recipes Ratio recipes Step by step photos Ingredient photos Photos of people and cooks Dust jacket Casing Trim Size ISBN Bar codes Copyright Paper selection Paper edging Book design Fonts Recipe and page layouts Authors Chefs Home cooks Home economists Bloggers Celebrities Farmers and growers Dietitians Doctors Photographers Agents Acquisition editors Production editors Line or copy editors Indexer Printer Marketer Public relations expert Book packagers Book distributors Booksellers Readers  Publishers Cookbook stores Bookstores Online book shopping Series cookbooks Collectible cookbooks Collecting cookbooks Indian Asian European African South American North American Australia Antarctica Dictionaries Tip books Single-subject Restaurant Inns Cafes Meal courses Appliances Cooking technique Baking Health Healing Chronic disease Regional States  Countries First books by authors Historic Food fundamentals All-purpose Cooking schools Armchair travel Road trips Essay or narrative Menus  Meal Plans Things We Mention In This Episode:
    Download a copy of the Cookbook Publishing Roadmap
    Please join our Confident Cookbook Writer Facebook Group

    • 25 min
    Want to Write a Food Memoir?

    Want to Write a Food Memoir?

    Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today I want to talk about writing food memoirs. One of my private coaching clients is discerning the format of the food/cooking book she wants to write. Part of her wants to write a memoir and part of her a cookbook. One would be more story-driven, and the other more recipe-driven. She was then questioned whether she needed to write a book proposal for a memoir and wanted me to tell her what to do.
    As a coach, I try to avoid telling my clients my opinion about what they should do. I believe that they have internal guidance that directs them what to do and helps them have their own back and feel good about their decision. So, I do feel that not giving a direct response is a challenge because that’s often what my coaching clients desire – someone to validate their next step. As a coach, I certainly want to facilitate their decision-making process, and let them create their own results. But, in this instance, I also wanted an informed answer, from someone in the trenches, about whether writing a book proposal for her book concept was necessary.
    To get an informed answer, I emailed colleagues who are editors at traditional publishing houses and university presses. I asked them if they received a submission for a food memoir, would they expect to see a proposal or manuscript? Much to my delight, they all responded. (Never underestimate the power of asking and never be afraid to ask!) And here are their answers:
    Editor #1: She needs to write a proposal but does not need to write a full manuscript.
    Editor #2: I would advise the author to put together a proposal if possible. It is a wonderful and helpful exercise and ultimately will be a strong snapshot for a publisher or agent to gather information quickly about the project. It is important to include marketing thoughts and comparable books as well.
    Editor #3: My recommendation would be to put together a book proposal first to solicit either an agent or a traditional publisher, whether or not she has a manuscript completed. When soliciting an agent or editor, they are going to be bogged down with submissions so even if she has a completed manuscript, a comprehensive proposal is going to be much more compelling to catch their eye. My recommendation would be to keep it simple but engaging (around 8-10 pages is about perfect because you can include a lot of important information without asking too much time of the agent/editor.)
    Editor #4: A proposal is a way to go. That’s what literary agents and editors/publishers are going to want to see: an outline, sample chapter, author bio, competitive/comparative title overview, marketing strategy.
    So if you’re reading this, and want to find a publisher for your cookbook or your food memoir or any work of non-fiction related to health, wellness, or food, write a proposal. Don’t write your entire manuscript. To read more about writing a proposal, here’s a bunch of blog posts that will be helpful to you:
    Writing a Cookbook Proposal – 5 Tips for Success
    Q & A: How Do I Write a Cookbook Proposal that Attracts Agents and Publishers?
    Cookbook Proposals are Important
    Things We Mention In This Episode:
    Download a copy of the Cookbook Publishing Roadmap
    Please join our Confident Cookbook Writer Facebook Group

    • 8 min
    Hungry For a Cookbook Mastermind

    Hungry For a Cookbook Mastermind

    Applications are now open to join the September 2020 Hungry for a Cookbook Mastermind. I started running Hungry for a Cookbook in 2017 and since then have had over 50 cookbook writers go through the mastermind. As a result of the mastermind,  have been defined, businesses built, proposals written, agents retained, publishers signed, manuscripts written, and cookbooks published.
    Here’s what Jack Canfield of The Success Principles has to say about masterminds. “We all know that two heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem or creating a result. So imagine having a permanent group of five to six people who meet for the purpose of problem-solving, brainstorming, networking, and encouraging and motivating each other. This process, called masterminding, is one of the most powerful tools for success presented in this book. I don’t know anybody who has become super successful who has not employed the principle of masterminding.”
    Jack is right. Masterminding is a powerful tool.
    Over the next few days, you have a chance to join a small group of dietitians, cooks, and bakers in the Hungry for A Cookbook Mastermind. In this mastermind, we focus on cookbook concept development, platform building, and writing cookbook proposals. 
    What is a mastermind group?
    A Mastermind Group is a group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to challenge each other to set goals, brainstorm ideas and support each other in a spirit of compassion, respect, and honesty. Mastermind Groups help participants grow because the other participants are supportive, but can also help to clarify goals through being a devil’s advocate to one another.
    Each Mastermind Group meeting has an agenda, but participation by each group member is key, for the group cannot function without participants who are committed to attend the meetings, set goals, and help others set their goals as they grow alongside each other. Brainstorming and a spirit of community and cooperation are key to the success of a Mastermind Group.
    Anyone can join a Mastermind Group. Typically there are 5 to 8 people in a Mastermind Group. The members have a shared interest, similar skill or success level, and have a desire to make the next months of their life extraordinary. The want to be in a supportive group that helps them reach or exceed their goals. They are ready to let their desire to reach their goals overcome any fear of change or goal setting that they may have.
    Mastermind Groups are organized by an individual who is responsible to gather the group, set up the meeting space, set the agenda for the meetings, and ensure that the meetings run smoothly. Because of the group nature of a Mastermind Group, commitment from each member is crucial. Highly motivated participants who are willing to ask, and give, help and support, and who commit to showing up for meetings make the group successful.
    Mastermind Groups meet at least once a month, but sometimes more frequently such as weekly or every other week. The agenda is the same at each meeting, and every group member has a chance to share their goals and their progress on their goals and gain access to the brainstorming power of the group. Groups meet either in person, on the phone, or in a virtual conference room either through Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facebook groups, or Skype.
    There are many benefits of a Mastermind Group such as:
    *Emotional support through brainstorming to lead you to answers to your questions, solutions to your problems, or ideas for moving forward with a project or goal
    *Social contact and shared experiences add to your knowledge base and enhances your experience
    *Confidence that your decisions are vetted and decisions are in alignment with your goals
    *Accountability to get your goals accomplished and that you can make progress on your goals
    *Connection as you network and gain valuable sup

    • 17 min
    Anatomy of a Cookbook Project

    Anatomy of a Cookbook Project

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I want to talk about the anatomy of a cookbook project. I think if you’ve tuned in to the past several episodes of the podcast, Behind The Scenes of a Cookbook…., you can see that there are many people involved in the production or “publishing” of a cookbook. And whether the cookbook is self- or traditionally- published, the book needs to be edited, designed, photographed, or illustrated, printed, promoted, marketed, distributed, and sold. But, even before those wheels are set in motion, the writer of the book has decisions to make. That’s what I want to talk about today. What are the steps to get to the point where you have a cookbook manuscript to edit and a publishing plan in place?
    I believe that a cookbook is the most profitable and portable way to share your recipes, stories, and solution. If you find yourself repeating yourself record yourself to replace yourself. A cookbook extends you and your message for your readers to their kitchens. And you don’t have to be there. And they don’t even have to know you for your book to help them. So what are the steps that someone who is thinking about writing a cookbook and getting it published need to do:
    Identify Goals for Publication: Why are you wanting to write your cookbook and who is your book for. Define Your Cookbook Concept: What is your cookbook about? What is your unique solution? Pick Your Path to Publication: How do you want to get your cookbook published? Build Your Author Platform: Where can your readers find you now? How can they get to know you better? Write a Cookbook Proposal or  Write a Cookbook Manuscript Query Agents or Publishers if you want to get traditionally published Sign a Contract and write your manuscript Stay committed. This is a long-game project with a finite end.  Share Your Book with your readers. 
     
     
    If you are ready to define your concept, build your platform, and write a cookbook proposal or a cookbook manuscript, I invite you to apply for the September 2020 Hungry For a Cookbook Mastermind Group. 

    Things We Mention In This Episode:
    Download a copy of the Cookbook Publishing Roadmap
    Apply for next session of Hungry For a Cookbook Mastermind Group
    Please join our Confident Cookbook Writer Facebook Group

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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Intellectually motivating

I’ve been listening and Maggie is making me believe a cookbook of my own could actually come to fruition! Great podcast!

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I’m confused

A good photographer’s job is to take pictures, not to test recipes. Why is your guest doing more than photographing???

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Insightful and Informative!

If you’re interested in cookbooks, then you should listen to Maggie’s podcast. She covers things such as cookbook clubs, trends in cookbooks, and also has information about the process of writing cookbooks - and the publishing process. I always learn something new in each episode and look forward to them!

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