Over the last 14 months, a lot has changed in our lives. Jeremy quit his job at the bakery, and we started our company, Food Gays Media. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, as most first-year businesses are, but overall we’re both feeling confident with the decision we’ve made to embrace our dream, and give it everything we’ve got. Our first big job was authoring The HUNT Vancouver, a tightly curated, award-winning travel series created by Gatehouse Publishing. It was a great experience for us both, teaching us tremendous lessons about time maintenance, our writing style and how we communicate. We’re really proud of the outcome, and learned a lot.
Around the same time while we were working on the guide-book, Jeremy and I received an email from a literary agent named Lori Galvin, a former editor with America’s Test Kitchen. Lori had found us through some freelance work we’d published with Yahoo and Martha Stewart, and she was interested in talking to us about the idea of a cookbook. Um, come again?
Until this point, a cookbook had just been a far-off dream. Is this actually happening?! Now, I feel it’s important to mention that I was absolutely obsessed with ATK’s podcast last year. I’d play hour after hour of it each day — cooking, bathing, even when I went to sleep (yes, I’m a bit nuts). So I genuinely felt like Lori emailing us was like a sign from the universe that this was the right person to help us do this. And as sceptical and green as we both were, we set out to put together our first cookbook proposal.
Have you heard David Lebovitz say it takes close to a year to put together a proposal? We thought that sounded excessive, too, but he really wasn’t kidding. We spent the next ten months or so brainstorming, conceptualizing and crafting the bones of what would eventually become our cookbook proposal. And I’ll be totally honest with you, it was a lot more work than I ever thought it would be. Between Jeremy’s unyielding patience, Lori’s uncompromising commitment and my mother’s gentle words of encouragement — the emotional support bank was pretty much fully tapped. And finally, this past November, it was time to shop our cookbook. I could most accurately describe this period of time as an equal mix of excited and absolutely freaked out. This was an exercise in patience!
We had calls with a bunch of really great publishers from across Canada and the US, and in the end we ended up signing with HarperCollins Canada and Gibbs Smith, two amazing houses who we feel are just as excited and passionate about the project as we are. You guys, we can’t possibly begin to tell you how thrilled we are for this opportunity. It’s been nearly impossible to keep it a secret over the last year, and we felt now was a good time as any to share our happy news. Pass the champagne!
Our cookbook is slated for a Fall 2018 release, ‘cause it takes time to create quality, y’all! We’ll be busy working on our recipes, photography and manuscript for the next several months, and hope to give you guys a peek at what’s in store for the book with some behind the scenes action on our various social platforms (be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Insta for all the latest!).
You can still expect regular new recipes to be posted here, too so don’t think we’ll go disappearing on you. Also, if there’s anything you’d like to see more of here on the blog, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to drop us a note with suggestions or ideas anytime.
Thank you to everyone who visits our blog, and who has shown us support over the years. We can’t express enough how grateful we are!
Adrian and Jeremy