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Here we go – the release date for the cookbook is March 31!
I can’t tell you how I feel right now, because it is such a mix of emotions – happy, stressed, exhausted, but most of all excited that the book that I have been working on for over a year is almost off to the printer. I kind of can’t believe it – I can finally tell everyone when the book will be coming out!
This means for those of you that supported the Indiegogo Campaign, you should be receiving your signed books in early March. I am so grateful for everyone who was able to contribute – your support helped me hire my team and get this book finished!
For those of you that didn’t get in on the campaign, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Pre-ordering through Amazon is great because they give you the lowest price from when you pre-order to when the book is released. This is nice because their prices are known to fluctuate, sometimes as quickly as every hour. Its also good for me so that I know how many books to print. I have a feeling I may not be printing enough (the woes of self-publishing!), so pre-ordering ensures that you will get one of the first copies in case we run out!
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty – I am sure a lot of you have questions!
What is the difference between the ebook and the print book?
When I originally wrote the ebook, I did it all on my own (besides the photography, which a friend donated to the cause). I learned how to use design software through youtube videos and I edited my own work the best I could. The biggest difference between the ebook and the print book is that the second time around, I hired professional help. I found a great editor who helped make sure all of the recipes were consistent and worded properly, and I hired a fantastic graphic designer to lay out the book in a beautiful, clear, and organized way. I also asked Kyle Johnson, who took photos for the ebook, if I could hire him to take pictures of the rest of the recipes in the book. I did not want to “print the ebook”, because while it is a fantastic resource and has helped a great many people get started with the autoimmune protocol, it was not polished enough to do an actual print run. I also thought that I could add some content and make it better.
Here are the additions you will find in the print book:
-Foreword by Sarah Ballantyne of ThePaleoMom.com
-Expanded introductory material (about the autoimmune protocol, why it works, etc)
-A new section on reintroducing foods
-A new section on nutrient density/healing foods
-a full-page photo for every recipe in the book
-17 new recipes (including Nomato Sauce, Curried Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Orange-Rosemary Duck, Salmon Chowder, Rosemary-Mint Lamb Patties, “Spaghetti” and Meatballs, Apple-Cranberry Crumble, and Pear-Caramel Pie)
The print book will also include the same information that is in the ebook (although edited, rearranged, and presented differently):
-Charts of foods to eat and avoid
-Tips and tricks
-Kitchen basics (known as skills and staples in the ebook)
-Two 4-week meal plans corresponding to recipes in the book
-Shopping lists for each meal plan
-Over 110 recipes that are fully compliant with the strictest version of the autoimmune protocol
One of the things I am most excited about is that I found a fantastic printer who is offering me a beautiful product – the book will be hardcover and will be bound so that it lays nearly flat while in use. I know this is a seemingly minor detail, but I have reviewed so many cookbooks in the last year that are not able to sit on the countertop and be used easily that it has become a pet peeve of mine. I only had this option available because I decided to self-publish – no publisher would spend the extra money to have a book bound this way (at least for a short-run niche book like mine). I thought it was extremely important to the functionality of the book – especially those cooking out of it using the 4-week meal plans.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey of writing a cookbook. If there weren’t so many people encouraging me to come out with a print version, I would not have made it happen. I am so excited to show you all the book I have created – and I truly hope it helps you create a healthier and happier reality for yourself.