It’s A Book!

Hello.

Hello!!

I realize it’s been a while.  A long while.  I think I have a pretty good excuse though.  While I’ve been MIA – stashed away in a quiet Seattle suburb on a hill overlooking some terribly pretty mountains and forests – I’ve written you a book.  A whole book!  I think you’ll like it, mainly because it is full of ice cream.  More to the point, it is full of *SANE ice cream.  Fat-burning, health-boosting, totally delicious ice cream.

I was so wrapped up in dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s of the 26,135 words that now sprawl across 122 pages, dodging 42 images as they go, that  I almost forgot I had a blog.  I didn’t intend to just leave you hanging out there in the breeze; when this book project got rolling I fully intended to keep posting away over here as well – 3 posts a week – as is my want, but somewhere along the way my body reminded me that I am not actually superwoman, despite my brain’s repeated attempts to persuade me otherwise.  You can read about my brain’s recent tendency to do that here.

I think it was the lovely note I got from a friend telling me she couldn’t figure out what time/space continuum I had altered to have time to do all that I was doing.  It made me ponder that maybe my summer activity levels weren’t quite what would be considered “normal”.  So despite my best efforts to work my 60-hour-a-week day job, write a 122-page SANE Ice Cream cookbook, and keep merrily posting new recipes in this space…something had to give.  Given that the day job pays the mortgage, feeds the “kids”, and purchases ice-cream-making supplies, and that I had made a commitment to you all to get the book finished in August, the blog ended up with the short straw.  Sorry about that.  The upside is that you now have a book bursting with enough SANE ice creams to have a different flavor every day of the month.  Oh, and SANE Marshmallows.  We can’t forget the marshmallows.  It felt like a reasonable trade to me.

Turns out that writing a book is very different from writing random, generally unconnected blog posts, and now, even though I have churned out a colossal amount more blog posts than I have books – which wouldn’t be too hard as I’ve only written one book – I am having a spot of bother getting back into blog-post-writing mode.

Book writing is very intense.  Of course, determining that I would complete the entire thing in 6 weeks did little to un-intensify the situation.  Marmalade HQ has been all ice cream, all the time.  Even meal times, random as they were, consisted mainly of ice cream; the fantastically good news being that I haven’t gained a pound, although let me be clear that I don’t recommend a SANE Ice Cream Diet as a lifestyle choice.  I can hear Jonathan now…”Make sure you get your 10 servings of non-starchy veggies and enough lean protein in first!”  Bless him.  Talking of The Bailornator, he wrote the foreword for my book.  LOVE HIM.

About now I’d like to mention how grateful I am for all your support through this whole book-writing episode.  It feels like it was years in the making, but really, in the grand scheme of things it was all over in a heartbeat.  And just for the record, for anyone wondering – because I’ve heard it compared often – publishing a book is absolutely nothing like giving birth.  While it is true that I don’t have “giving birth” on my resume, I am as sure as I can be that the two are nothing alike, in the slightest.  If they are then I am left wondering what all the fuss about childbirth is, because publishing a book was really a rather lovely experience, and one that I will definitely embark on again.  While it was definitely very trying to corral a brain that has bright shiny object syndrome into writing for more than 4 minutes at a time, the upsides to book publishing over child bearing appear to be many and varied, ranging from no painkillers required to being able to remain fully clothed throughout (although pajamas were often part of my book-writing MO); from being able to stop pushing and take a nap whenever necessary to not needing an enema.  I can’t speak for giving birth, but I thoroughly recommend publishing a book.

Thank you for all the cheering from the sidelines that has been going on while I stirred, and churned, and shot, and wrote my way through the long, hot summer that Seattle enjoyed this year.  Thank you for the notes of encouragement.  Thank you for your patience while I beavered away.  Thank you for all your thoughts and feedback.  Truly, it meant a lot that every time I raised my head there was a note or a post or some other lovely little thing to keep me going.  Thank you.

Honestly, this is all rather surreal.  The first time I did a search on Amazon.com for my name and my book popped up I cried.  That I created something that people around the world want to buy is extremely humbling, although it also makes me want to giggle.  With excitement, with incredulity, with gratitude.

So without further ado, I give you my first cookbook:  Eat Smarter! Ice Creams (volume 1).  Because you just know that it would be impossible for me not to invent at least another 30 ice cream recipes during the course of my life.

Eat Smarter! Ice Creams  |  Carrie Brown

It is available as a physical book with a bright shiny cover and big, beautiful pictures, and also in digital format for those of you who like to cook from their kindles and laptops and other funky devices.  Whichever format is for you, I hope it makes you smile.  I hope the recipes make your mouths happy, and I hope that it makes living a SANE lifestyle easier and more fun, now that you have 30 fat-burning, health-boosting totally delicious desserts at your fingertips.  If you click on the picture above it will take you straight to Amazon.com where you can purchase one.  Or several.  Because I know you know loads of people who would love to eat ice cream that helps and supports their health and body-fat goals.

 

Hearty CONGRATULATIONS go to our ice cream contest winners, who will each receive a signed copy:

Gordon Mott – England   |   Sue Rochester – England   |   Carl Williams – England   |   Yvette Liu – Canada   |   Andree Lucie – Canada   |   Carol Murphy Baker – Canada   |   Lori Pellintz – USA   |   Kyra Moulton – USA   |   Linda McDonald – USA   |   Alice Kurien – Australia   |   Shelley Stretton – Australia   |   Denise Thompson – Australia   |   Louise V. Knight – New Zealand   |   Bob Neal – France   |   Lorna Broad – Italy

(PS. Winners – if you have not yet sent me your shipping address please do!)

 

Ladies and gentleman, we have our first SANE cookbook!  HURRAH!!

 

 

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  • Lorrie - Thank you Carrie for writing and publishing your recipes for all of us SANE people! You have taken the most treasured insane food and whipped it into shape making it a SANE treat for all of us SSOS followers. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive this week so that I can get churning. We love you!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Entirely my pleasure, Lorrie!!! I hope you and your family LOVE them :-))ReplyCancel

  • Denise - HOORAY for the ice cream book! Just ordered it, along with some konjac powder. Had to make your cheese sauce with cornstarch (which apparently doesn’t measure 1:1) tonight… It was good, but I suspect not as good as the original recipe!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Ah, yes, Denise – konjac and cornstarch are not interchangeable in terms of the same measurement. Knojac is WAY better at thickening than cornstarch. A little bit of konjac goes an awfully long way! Glad you enjoyed it anyway. And THANK YOU for Ice Cream Book love :-))ReplyCancel

  • Denise - Carrie, thank YOU for all your hard work on all the recipes! I am most looking forward to trying the nutty cereal… I have all the ingredients now but one, which should be here in a day or two. Thank goodness for amazon!!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - We love Amazon, Denise!!! :-)) I think you will love the nutty cereal – it’s still my most popular recipe ever!ReplyCancel

  • Pip - Bravo Carrie,
    I can’t wait to get your book. I love listening to your podcasts and your recipes are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Keri Pyke - Carrie-
    When I go to Amazon, a Kindle option to buy doesn’t come up. Is there another location to get the digital version? It only gives me a paperback option.

    Thanks,
    KeriReplyCancel

  • Gina - Just ordered at Amazon!!!! Can’t wait to get it! Thank you Carrie!!!
    I found the kindle version by searching “Eat Dessert First kindle” for everyone that wants the kindle version.
    Hard to choose which to get but I’m still old school so went with the hard copy!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - THANK YOU, Gina! Secretly I think the hard copy is way better ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Kent - You are AMAZING!! Can’t wait to get your book! Many of us @ work talk, pass & of course share the glories of your treats! You are loved in Maine!! Thanks for all the humor too! As they say up here…wicked good!!(highest of compliments!!)ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hello, Maine!!!! Please give a shout out to all your colleagues Deborah!! THANK YOU for all the love. It makes it all worthwhile :-))ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - I’ve ordered your book Carrie, congratulations! the first of many I’m sure! the only problem is that I don’t have an ice-cream churning machine, will I have to buy one? If I do which one shall I get, they seem to vary in price from “not too bad” to “OMG”?ReplyCancel

  • Carl - Firstly congratulations I’m so looking forward to some sane Ice Cream awesomeness, and secondly woohoo I won a prize, thank you soooo much, but, how do I send you my address ??ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Email via the link on this blog or private message on the Marmalade Facebook page! Congrats, Carl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Matilda - I am so super excited about this book! This is my present to myself once I get my tax return, so I better hurry up and get it done.
    I’ve only just discovered I’m lactose intolerant, so dairy free icecream yay! *does happy dance*, very very excited.
    Thank you Carrie, for Sane’ing a delicious treat.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - For those that are not dairy-free, they are easily convertible, Matilda. I hope you love them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Yay! and congratulations on the book release! My copy is already winging it’s way toward my doorstep! <3ReplyCancel

  • Dieanna - Carrie ~ YOU are amazing!! I am truly blessed to have found you and your blog. You make every day fantastic. I am in awe of how you put yourself out there for all of us, and expect nothing in return. You have been through so much and just keep going (energizer bunny). God knew what he was doing when he created YOU! I thank him every day for bringing you into my life. I hope to one day travel to Seattle and meet you in person.

    I am super excited to get my Ice Cream cookbook and also my ice cream churner.

    Thanks again for all you do to make our lives more SANE!!

    Thoughts, prayers and love to you! <3ReplyCancel

  • mary - I have been saying this–Eat Dessert First–for years, but it took clever, creative, culinary talented you to turn that wonderful idea into a cookbook. I just ordered my copy and do so hope your delightful banter is included with the recipes. Congratulations, Carrie. You deserved to be oh so proud!!! How privileged I am to personally know two wise, witty, and passionate authors. Now to figure out how to get my copy Of Eat Dessert First autographed…ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Mary – THANK YOU for your lovely comments. Know that I created the Butter Pecan Ice Cream just for YOU!! :-))ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - Long time lurker, first time poster! I rec’d the cookbook (and my food scale!) yesterday, SO EXCITED. Once I’ve read through the beginning “how to” section, I will order the additional accoutrements (i.e. an actual ice cream maker). This evening I’ll make my first SANE Smoothie — the Orange Creamsicle. Interested to see if I can make the smoothie at night and thanks to the miracle of guar gum, take it to work for lunch the next day.

    Carrie, I cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts. I’ve been a (Type 1) diabetic most of my life and it is a true joy to have these SANE, delicious recipes. You are an inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Rosie!!! Thanks so much for all your very kind words. Your joy makes my heart very happy.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Carrie, you are truly amazing. Just whipped up my first ice cream (cinnamon) from your fab book and both husband and teenage son were going nom nom nom! Me too – love love love.ReplyCancel

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