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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been working on an exciting project for months and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you: I’m writing a cookbook! The book will be published by Chronicle Books and released in the spring of 2018. I know, I know…it seems like an eternity from now, but I’m hoping it will be worth the wait. The book will contain 100 recipes – mostly new, as well as a few favorites from the site – along with 140 professionally shot photographs. Hooray for lots of photos!

This book is a longtime dream of mine. After leaving the restaurant business when my son was born 12 years ago, I spent a few years at home before deciding that I wanted to get back into the food world – specifically, I wanted to write a cookbook. I quickly realized that I had absolutely zero chance of getting published as an unknown so, at the advice of my younger (and hipper) sister, I started a cooking blog instead. It seemed like a great way to still do what I wanted and get myself “out there.”

Eventually, thanks to all of you, the blog flourished into a busy recipe site with 4 million monthly page views and a wonderful, engaged community of readers. I forgot about the book and the blog became my passion. But somewhere still lurking in the back of my mind was that dream to write a cookbook with beautiful photos and stories. Now, finally, I get to write that cookbook after all.

I’ll still be posting new weekly recipes on the site and responding to your comments and questions. I’ll also keep you posted on the book as it comes to life. There’ll be some fun behind-the-scenes cookbook snapshots in my newsletter (subscribe here), and you can always see what I’m cooking daily on Instagram

So, that’s my big news. Thanks so much for sharing my recipes with your friends and families over the years. You’ve helped make this cookbook a reality and I’m so grateful!



  • Yay! I always go to your website for recipes first because they are always on point with flavor and measurements. I can’t wait for your book to come out next year. 😄 I’ll be waiting. I’m a vegetarian too and thank you for having a section for us!

  • Congratulations on completing your book and i will look forward to purchasing it. In the meantime, I anxiously await your next blog update. Best Wishes, Anne from West Chester, PA

  • Can’t wait for cook book. I am recovering from recent surgery and my friend made your sausage lasagna for me and my family. We loved it!!!!! After which I check out your website and loved looking at all the wonderful dishes/desserts. Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes myself. Will now wait in anticipation for your cookbook in 2018!!

  • Can’t wait for your new cookbook!
    In the meantime, I printed out your recipes whenever I need them:)

  • I look forward to buying your new cookbook! Your recipes are wonderful and you are a talented chef…good for you for going ahead with such an ambitious project at such a young age…let us all know when the happy day arrives!

    • Thanks so much, Joan…although not sure I’m so young! 🙂

  • Dear Jen,
    I am so glad that your cookbook is in the works! I have used quite a few of your recipes and everything, without an exception, has been delicious. It is a big plus that your recipes do not call for lots of ingredients and what you use is readily available at most grocery stores here in the US. Also, your instructions are clear and easy to follow. You are my favorite in the cooking world!

    • Thanks so much, Elena! Glad you are enjoying the recipes.

      • Best wishes 💐🙏🏻

        • — Shweta Tiwari on September 2, 2020
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        • 🙂 Thank you!!

          • — Jenn on September 3, 2020
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  • I am SO excited for this release!!! Thanks for your blog, and soon for your book, I love food and you are constantly making me a better home cook!! Oh, and please make the book available in Canada as well ;)!

  • Congratulations Jenn, been enjoying absolutely everything that I made from your site. Glad to hear that you have so many visitors. As for the book I would be glad if it is in electronic form, because I am from europe it would be hard to get. Looking forward to it !

  • Bravo Jenn on your next best and greatest. I first found you on Yummly site. After choosing your recipes 3 times I decided to go to your site directly. I’ve never been disappointed and always delighted. The true test is when others want the recipe. Thanks for making me into a good cook!! Can’t wait for your cookbook.

  • Super good news.Well done.

  • Jenn:

    I am new to the club, but have enjoyed absolutely everything that I’ve made from the site, as have family and friends. Equally I have enjoyed your personable friendly reply when I posted a question. I eagerly look forward to the release of your cook book and in the meantime will keep printing my fav’s. Mazeltov!!

  • Great news having a hard copy of your outstanding cooking ideas? Thought about the binding at all? I would pay extra for a spiral bound book that will open and lay flat on the counter. That is a huge plus as one references the book while cooking.

  • Hello, We’re loving your recipes! Family of 6 living in Melbourne. I’ve cooked many of your delicious recipes over the years and our family and friends think they are scrumptious and healthy too! We’re opposite seasons to USA but we usually manage to have all the fresh produce in OZ anyway. Your detailed image recipes are very easy to follow. Looking forward to having a copy of your book & we’re prepared to wait! Thank you so much for enlightening our recipe collection. Adele ?

  • I love your recipes and your BLOG. I love that everything you post is achievable in a home kitchen and I especially appreciate the tutorial picture to hold your hand along the way. Congratulation on your cookbook. I am m really looking forward to owning a copy!

  • That is wonderful! Conrgats!

  • Yay!!!! I’m so happy you’ve achieved your dream, and I cannot wait to have your cookbook in my hands! 🙂

  • Congratulations! Love your recipes, they always turn out great.

  • Congratulations on your cookbook. I will be purchasing a copy. I want to thank you for the work you do on this site. Everything I have made is excellent. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    Best Regards-


  • How wonderful! Congratulations!

  • Since I was able to test some of the recipes that hopefully to be in your new cookbook, I am excited to purchase it. You have some of the best recipes on your website so I am sure that the book will be great!!

  • I can’t wait until your cookbook comes out! Every time I use one of your recipes it comes out great. I would always just take recipes from the Internet and look at reviews but now I solely go to your site and have used many of the recipes. Your cookbook will be the first one that I will have ever bought! 🙂 Keep up the great work.

  • Waiting on that cookbook, I know I will use it a great deal. Always looking for recipes on your site.

  • Hi Jenn! I cannot wait and will be in line to purchase your cookbook! Every recipe you put on your site is done with so much attention to detail (and are always winners!), I know of no other site like it. I know that your cookbook will have an equal amount of yummy and loving details in it!

  • I was going to thank you for solving my Christmas shopping dilemma in 2018, but I suspect I’ll buy copies for my nieces and brother immediately and still have a Christmas shopping dilemma. Oh well, at least we will be well-fed and happy! Can’t wait!

  • your recipes are very good.thanks lot.I want know your country. I fwant your recipe book.please send me.

    • — fathima minshifa
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    • Hi Fathima, I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! I’m from the US. I am in the process of developing a cookbook to be released in the Spring of 2018. As we get closer to the release date, I will definitely be putting information on the blog about how to purchase one– thanks for your interest.

  • Congratulations!! And YAY for all of us who will be able to buy a copy!!! Will be able to pre-order? If so, sign me up NOW! My whole family knows you on a first-name basis, and when I mentioned recently that I had cooked a “Once Upon a Chef” recipe — again — my 16-year-old son said, “I’m starting to like this woman on a personal basis!” And I say: Me too!

    • Thanks for the congratulations Kelly! I’m not sure how pre-ordering will work, but as the release date gets closer, I will definitely be sharing that kind of info on my blog. And so glad to hear I’ve pleased your 16 year old’s palate :)!

  • Congratulations-well deserved! As someone who once worked in the publishing industry I know what an incredible feat it is to get published. Since finding your website over two years ago I can honestly say I check your recipes first when looking for something delicious & new for dinner or a solid recipe for something familiar. You have have made me look like a star to family & friends! Best wishes!

  • Jen,

    Congrats you deserve it! Since finding your website over a year ago I have gone through some of your awesome recipes. My kids can’t have enough of that potato leek soup. I will definitely buy the book and can’t wait to see what new goodies it will hold…

  • The Wednesday night Mah Jongg group is excited for you. We have shared some of your meals before we play. All delicious. Full of flavor. Thank you Jenn. Warmly, happy Mahjing.

  • Will your book be published here in Israel or can I buy it directly from you. Looking forward to it’s release

    • — Rosalynd Bar-Joseph
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    • Hi Rosalynd, I’m honestly not sure yet if it will be published in Israel. As the release gets closer, I’ll likely have more information, but I do know that the book will be available on Amazon. Thanks for your interest!

  • Jenn, I am so happy for you. I was always curious as to when you would start a cookbook. From all sites I’ve tried recipes from, yours never disappoints. To this day I religiously use your Caesar salad dressing and Middle Eastern chicken kabob recipes (just to name a few) as my go to. Everyone raves about how good it is!! And can’t forget the rice pilaf with almonds and dried fruit. I could go on haha! Anyways, I just wanted to say I look forward to your book and congratulations on your journey to publishing one!

  • Congratulations Jenn! Over 1,000 miles away: you have inspired me to pieces!! I began an art project of putting together mine and my family’s favorite go to recipes in a hand made/hand written recipe journal! My first recipe was your corn bread muffins-I fell in love! Everything was so well balanced. I look forward to 2018-your book will be a must ship in for me! 🙂 Thank you! Thank you!


  • Dear Jenn,

    I am so excited about your cook book. I really love your recipes. They are so delicious that I always look forward to making them. I had one request though. I am a vegetarian and it would be AWESOME if you could include more vegetarian recipes but of course, I understand that might not be your main audience 🙂 Either ways, I love the recipes that I can try and will surely buy your book. Good luck and I would love to test recipes if that would help.

  • So glad for you! I greatly appreciate you generosity of spirit in sharing your wonderful recipes in your blog.
    Thanks much!

  • Cannot wait for your cookbook to come out! Hope that your terrific rugelach recipe is included. It made my husband cry!! Love that you are including some recipes for Pesach as many of us are trying to eat healthy and fresh for the holidays instead of making the traditional standby’s.

  • I have been following your blog for about a year and have enjoyed many of your recipes. I look forward to your cookbook!

  • Love, love your recipes! Can’t wait for the launch of the new cookbook! You rock!

  • This is fantastic news! Your website is one of my go-to sites, especially when I’m having company over. Your recipes never fail me!! Can’t wait to read the cookbook!

  • This is wonderful news! I will certainly buy your book and gift it to friends when it is published. I too am very glad I came across your site and frequently visit. Planning to make your maple syrup and buttered sweet potatoes. So happy that you took your sister’s advice to become a blogger!

  • I’ve just discovered your site/recipes. Each one i’ve tried has been a hit so I keep coming back to your site for more recipes and printing each one out for quick reference in the kitchen because they are becoming weekly staples. It’s welcome news that you’re developing a book as I’ll be happy to have a stack of your recipes at the ready.

  • WHOHOO Finally a cookbook! In our house you are known as “the girlfriend” because my husband is your biggest fan! We are obsessed with your salads especially. Thank you so much, and Can’t wait for the book!

  • I am so excited for you, I am so excited for us your fans! A cookbook from Once Upon a Chef, Jenn Segal means that spring 2018 could not arrive soon enough! I hope you enjoy the adventure of your cookbook project.
    -Carole Bruno

  • Love your recipes, love to cook and would be honored to be a tester for you…can’t wait for your cookbook!

  • I’m so excited to hear this news! I’ve made (and re-made) many recipes from your website, and without exception, they’ve been delicious. I’m excited to dig into some new dishes — just sorry that it will take a while before I can buy your cookbook.

  • Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it. Sure it will be as fabulous as your site!

  • That’s just such wonderful news! One of my favourite food bloggers being published by my favourite publishing house!

    I’m on the other side of the world from you but if I could help with recipe testing, do let me know! 🙂

    All my best wishes,

  • Your recipes are dependably delicious and the photos are practically edible themselves. If you give this book the dedication to detail you give your blog, it will be a smashing success. Best of luck to you!

  • Hi Jenn, Heartiest congratulations on the exciting news! You are a talented chef and I appreciate all the recipes you have shared through your blog. Hope you will be able to continue that. Your recipes are perfect, but your photos showing ingredients used, the preparation process and finished product presentation are invaluable. Many thanks!! I would be happy to help test recipes for your cookbook and will look forward to purchasing my very own copy!

  • Dear Jen, I am THRILLED that you are on your way to making a dream come true…you are in my kitchen weekly as I cook for family and friends ! I am also beyond the moon to help you test these new recipies…..lets all dream of the day you have your own cooking show!!!!!!!!!

  • It’s wonderful that your dream is coming true. I’m new to this website. I found it when I was looking for a recipe for quiche in December. My three children, their wives and husband and my grandchildren were coming for a holiday dinner. I served your spinach and gruyere quiche. The women and girls loved it. The men politely ate a slice and then filled themselves with salad. Why do men have a problem with quiche? I must say that my 2 year grandson loved it too. Maybe he hasn’t yet learned the rules of masculine taste. Best wishes in your new venture.

  • Jenn,
    Congratulations! I am so happy to hear your dream of writing a cookbook is coming true. I know it will be worth the wait and I will be one of the first to purchase it. You have been such an inspiration to me and I love your website. Good luck as you will undoubtedly be very busy making your dream a reality.

  • I am a newbie to your website, but love your culinary style and the education you provide us novice cooks out here…congratulations on your great cookbook writing adventure…..would love to be a tester!

    • Thank you for the congratulations and the kind words! I’m so excited about the book becoming a reality and it’s wonderful to have the support of my readers. Thanks so much for offering to be a recipe tester! I’m still working on a system for recipe testing and I’ll be in touch in next month or so with more details.

  • Finally!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for you to put out a cookbook! Congratulations. That is such exciting news. Can’t wait to pre-order 🙂

  • Love…love your website and cooking instructions. I have been using your recipes online and got a lot of amazing feedback from friends and families. It makes me feel like I am a professional chef. They are so easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to get. Those ingredients photos are so helpful. I am looking forward to get your cookbook.

  • Congratulations! I will be one of the first to buy and will recommend it to everyone I know. Can’t wait!!

  • Such exciting news! Congratulations! I cannot wait to read it!!

  • Christmas in January!! This is seriously the best news ever! Every time I make one of your recipes I tell my husband how I wish you had a cookbook; I would purchase immediately and also gift to many people.
    Congratulations to you — well done!!
    I can’t wait!!

  • Congratulations, Jenn! I’m SOOO happy for you!!!!, and excited to have your wonderful recipes in a book 🙂 I love your blog and all the delicious recipes you share with us! You deserve it!

  • Congratulations! Very much deserved! Your website is awesome, so I know your book will also be!

    • Thank you, Jennifer!

  • I am sure your cookbook will be a best seller. If I am able to use your recipes to make food my sons will eat then more capable cooks will certainly benefit from your expertise.

    Have fun writing the book!

  • Something I forgot to say in my previous e-mail is that one of the things that make your site and recipes so successful is that you let us know exactly, by pictures, which products you are using. This insures that we are able to duplicate the results in your kitchen.

  • Jenn,
    I’ve enjoyed your perfected, taste-bud tantalizing recipes. I can’t wait to reciprocate your generosity by buying your cookbook.

  • I’m so happy for you Jenn! God bless you in this wonderful endeavor. Looking forward to your cookbook.

  • Awesome! Each of the recipes of yours that I have tried always come out amazing. You have them dialed. I love collecting cookbooks and can’t wait ’til yours comes out. Really, there are not many cookbooks out there where you love every recipe. Thank you for all your efforts in making each recipe delicious.

  • Jen absolutely love your blog! I refer people all the time! I’ve even got my boys learning how to cook some of your recipes! I will look forward to your book! Can’t wait!

  • Dear Jenn,
    I am so happy for you and the achievement of your dream! I am also happy for all of us because we will have your recipes in book form! I cook from your menu regularly and have enjoyed every recipe! Thank you so much for all that you do and for the awesome little cooking lessons embedded in every recipe and blog!
    All the best to you and yours in 2016!

    • — Doreen M Sanders
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  • Such great news. So wonderful when dreams become a reality. Love your recipes and your site, thanks for all you do. All the best in 2016!

  • Congratulations! I have been printing your recipes out and putting them in a 3 ring binder so it’ll be nice to have an actual cookbook by you! The next question is when will be the tour because im going to have to get mine signed…. Congrats again!

  • I’ve been using your recipes for a long time now- this is great news! I would love to trial some of your recipes. Congratulations!! Rosie

  • You go girl!

    Your recipes are always dependable and delicious when someone with barefeet provides recipes that are not!

    You are my go-to site when I need something tasty for friends and family and each dish comes out as you write it.

    Thanks and I look forward to your next food journey and reading your progression!


  • Congrats cousin! Fabulous news!

  • Jenn, this is wonderful news and much deserved – your fantastic work is long overdue to be in print as well as online.

    Thank you for creating such great recipes for my family and friends to enjoy on the other side of the world.

  • Congratulations Jen! Your recipes, photographs, and blogging are wonderful. You are a class act, and getting your own cookbook is a well deserved honor! Hope you keep up your blog 😉

  • Wow! Getting the list together to give the cookbooks as gifts! You’re my favorite website! Love to be a tester!

  • Mazel Tov! I look forward to reading it and cooking from it!

  • Congratulations! That is so cool! I’m looking forward to it.

  • Congrats!!!! Your recipes are so stellar, there’s a cookbook I would actually purchase 🙂 Best of Luck!

  • Well deserved, your a great cook, your recipes are the best! Congrats!

  • Congrats!! Your site is my go-to for recipes that always turn out well and are generally easy and quick enough for this busy mom. Congratulations to you–you deserve this dream come true!!

  • Congratulations on this exciting news! I have tried over 30 recipes on your blog, and often at dinner my family will ask, “Is this from OnceUponaChef?” In addition, I have recommended your blog to numerous friends, all of whom love your recipes. I am glad for your success.

  • That’s very exciting! Congratulations. 🙂

    • Congratulations Jennifer, I can imagine how exciting this us for you and for all of us who enjoy your blogs/recipes. I would love to test your recipes if it works for you. Wishing you much success.
      Iberia Soares

  • Congratulations with this project! I will purchase your cookbook come Spring 2018. Myself alone probably contributes to most of the visits to your blog. I am on there multiple times a day, every day! I made Pasta E Fagioli last night and have Tandoori chicken prepped and ready to bake tonight. And you’ve made me into a better baker. Going to attempt the vanilla cake for my daughter’s 1st birthday this Friday!! Thanks for all your delicious and easy to follow recipes.

  • This is really exciting news. I absolutely adore your website, it is one of my favourite blogs and your recipes are simply delicious. I can’t wait for your book to come out

  • Hurray! Good luck with the book. I only recently found your website and have only tried a few recipes but they have all been absolutely delicious. I like the fact that you include both metric and cup measures, and you give guidance on how much salt and pepper to use. I look forward to ordering a copy of your book (shipped all the way here to Australia!)

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