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.
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!!