Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 28 November 2008

My book is currently being edited. There is a team of about 10 people working on it which is staggering - spotting typos, checking methods, planning photographs, design and layouts. I must get about 50 emails a day with questions ranging from "Do I think that the fairy toadstool meringues would look good displayed in a basket as though someone had picked them whilst out foraging for mushrooms" to "on the duck pond cookies do the sugar ducks lie flat or sit upright". No stone is left unturned by my lovely editor Allee. It is lovely to think that my little book is being given so much care and attention. I will definitely never look at a cook book in the same way again - I had never realised just how much work goes into it. A few of you have asked when the book will be out and the answer is next Autumn in the UK and the USA and a bit later I think in Australia, Germany and France - such a way off, but hopefully it will be worth the wait!


Bellini Valli said...

Such a long time to wait Hannah...but I will be patient:D

Stately As Two Galleons said...

Hi Hannah,

I'm so excited at the prospect of your book but this post has shown me how little I knew about the publishing process. I'd intended to put it on my Christmas wish list but I will carry it forward to next year and, instead, start dropping hints to my other half about John Sergeant's autobiography. ;o)

PS. Hope you're still enjoying SCD - your two favourites are doing really well.

Hannah said...

Oh Stately I didn't even know that JS had an autobio coming out - I will definitely have to get this. Still loving Strictly and very much looking forward to Saturday.

The publishing world is news to me too - I had never imagined that things could take this long - but they do!

Bellini - thanks so much for the award! I really appreciate it as it has been a bleak few weeks here and lacking all inspiration for blogging and cooking. It was just what I needed - thank you

Steven Cornwall said...

So do they have a whole team of home econominists baking everything in the book for photography purposes, or are you going to be involved in that stage?

Marie said...

I, for one, can't wait to get my hot little hands on your book! I'm sure it's fabulous! It's amazing how much work actually goes into getting a book published!

milhan said...

How exciting Hannah! Autumn 2009 will be here before you know it!

I cannot wait to see the final product.

Lucy @ Smallest Smallholding said...

Just caught up - and thank you so much! I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for your book :)