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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!

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

      • Best wishes 💐🙏🏻

        • 🙂 Thank you!!

  • 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.

    • — Happybutterfly
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  • 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.

    • — Margaret Eifler
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  • 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!

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