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Old 10-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,
Nice to see everyone loving cookbooks. May I ask a question please? Myself and three other writers are working on a cookbook with a patriotic theme, (kind of celebrating America's cultural diversity through food.) We plan to represent every state with a food indigenous to its area. We will also include the stories behind the food, a bit of history and personal experience from the family or establishment.

May I ask, does this sound appetizing to you all? Any suggestions?
Thank you all very much for any input, I appreciate your help,
Lisa

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:05 PM   #2
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Hey Lisa, I would be interested in buying that kind of cookbook as I always like to know the history behind each dish I prepare. OK, I'll be honest, I just like learning trivia about everything so your cookbook would be right up my alley even though I'm Canadian.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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Lisa I think that is a great idea - receipes for all over the United States.

Please let me know when it is completed. Good luck!
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:15 PM   #4
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Lisa,
Your idea, it's just the kind of thing I'd buy for myself and my daughters. Go for it and the best of luck.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:58 PM   #5
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One of my favorite cookbooks is from Better Home and Gardens called "Heritage of America Cookbook". It's a coffee table size book with sections divided into seven US regions. Each section contains a history and description of that area's cuisine, and historical and regional comments on each of the recipes. I would be very interested in a book that elaborated or clarified the subject.

Thanks for your post.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:12 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone! It's so nice to hear your ideas and to see we are on the right track so far. I will look into the "Heritage of America Cookbook" as well and see how we might elaborate -Thank you for the tip.

I will also keep everyone updated on progress and questions, (would love to include some of you in the book too).
Thanks for your well wishes!
Much appreciated,
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:33 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Aunt Lisa's Kitchen
Hi Everyone,
Nice to see everyone loving cookbooks. May I ask a question please? Myself and three other writers are working on a cookbook with a patriotic theme, (kind of celebrating America's cultural diversity through food.) We plan to represent every state with a food indigenous to its area. We will also include the stories behind the food, a bit of history and personal experience from the family or establishment.

May I ask, does this sound appetizing to you all? Any suggestions?
Thank you all very much for any input, I appreciate your help,
Lisa
Might be a good idea to research the market before you get in too deep. There have definitely been other books in the same style written before, tho I'm not sure how recently. It's getting harder and harder for "unknowns" to get a book published, and more and more publishers are
only looking for odd little niche topics that have not been "done to death."

It would be really sad to put a great book together and then have it be unsaleable!

and yes, I think the idea has merit, but I don't know the market.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:07 PM   #8
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I'll keep watch for that. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #9
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One year -- about 20 years ago or so -- Avon put out a cookbook that took one recipe from a saleswomen from each state and country where they had them at the time. Something typical to the area. I think it is a great idea (hey, it put me back on to making tourtiere since it was representative of the Quebec area). Let us know how things progress.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:04 PM   #10
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Skilletlicker, I have that cookbook and I love it. I've made something from all sections of the book. One of the best coffeecakes I've ever made came from that book.
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