Announcement: I am writing a Cookbook!!! Posted by: | July 23, 2012
Dear Readers. I’d like to start this entry with a slightly more serious tone as I am about to announce the most serious and awesome news I’ve had since Kitchen Art. It is a dream come true, AGAIN! Even now I am still pinching myself, but it is happening!!
I am publishing a COOKBOOK!!!! With a real publisher! Distributing worldwide!!!
Ok that didn’t sound formal or serious at all. But I just can’t contain my excitement! I started my obsession with cooking and baking through amazing cookbooks like the ones by Julia Child, Mark Bittman, Jamie Oliver… Never would I have thought that there would come a day when I can publish my own! (Actually I did imagine it before, but then again I also fantasize myself winning on American Idol or Masterchef).
To tease you guys a little bit, we are “leaking” a few pictures of the first few cakes in this entry that are going to be in the book. Are you liking it so far??
So this book that I am going to write, it is a special one. Because I am co-writing it with a very special person. Yes, those close to me would have guessed it as I’ve only been talking about one person for the past couple of months. It is none other than Anh Nguyen from A Food Lover’s Journey, a very seasoned and popular Food blogger from Melbourne, whom I have been reading since my blog was still an embryo!
I love Anh. She’s like the one person that gets me, being a fellow Vietnamese/Hanoi-an, growing up in a Vietnamese family yet spending most grown-up years in a Western culture. We are like mixed bags with crazy eclectic taste in food (and everything else). It is hard to pigeonhole us as any cultural category, but together, we feel like we really belong. Naturally, we share the same love for classic western pastries, but always feel connected to our Asian childhood desserts, fruits and spices. This led us to the idea of working on a book about Cakes with Asian touches and inspirations. We have since experimented with many combinations of Asian flavors in Cakes and have achieved amazing results that we can’t wait to share with you!
Our Publisher is Page One, a big Bookstore chain and Publisher founded in Singapore, with bookstores all over South East Asia and China, and a worldwide book distribution network. Being a Publisher very much focused on Art & Design since day one, they truly understand me and Anh’s mission of expressing the “art” and “beauty” of our sweet creations, and work closely with us throughout the process of the production. Our editors, Inez and Min Kok have been very supportive and guiding thus far, missing their dinners due to late evening Skype conference calls with me and Anh (blame it on Anh’s time zone, lol).
The book, available in both English & Vietnamese titles, is expected to be completed by end of this year and available in book stores worldwide by early next year. It might sound like a long time, but it is still a very rushed production time for us, considering the amount of recipes we need to test, fine tune, photograph, and write (in both languages)! Not to mention that I still run my business, Kitchen Art, and Anh still has a full time job in Finance, and we both are not even in the same country or time zone!
Despite the crazy workload and schedule, we enjoy the process immensely and will start documenting it regularly on our blogs. So stay tuned to catch “behind-the-scenes” of our book in production, or hear us lamenting about having to eat too many cakes in one day during recipe testing (it is NOT fun if it’s a failed cake, lol).

Now that I have finally made the news public, it feels even more real now… And scary too! Your moral support will truly encourage and inspire us on this challenging and exciting journey! So show some love for us alright? We need it!



 Credits: Photography featured in this post are by Anh Nguyen, it may or may not appear in our upcoming Book.


7 Responses to “Announcement: I am writing a Cookbook!!!”

  1. Wow, congratulations! I’m sure it will be a delicious book. I hope you will be blogging a bit about the book-writing process too. I do hope it becomes popular among certain Vietnamese friends who will then cook for me. ;)

    • Chi Anh says:

      Hi Tomo, I definitely will. In fact, it’s the journey of creating the book that will be so meaningful. It’s a first time experience for me, and definitely won’t be easy. You witness it from the start ;) It will definitely be available in HCM city!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS and this is simply amazing. I popped over from Anh’s and am drooling over both of your pretty photos and lovely creations. Certainly can’t wait for the book to be published and get my hands on it. Till then, have a good week ahead. Cheers, Jo

  3. Wow, congratulations!! What a dream come true! I just discovered your blog and I already LOVE it.

  4. baker street says:

    Oh Anh! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations! Your photos are stunning and your recipes are just delicious! Can’t wait for your book to come out :)

  5. Van Anh says:

    I am really looking forward to your cookbook ♥ please publish soon :)

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