Thursday, 30 January 2014

Our book!!!












We will get back into recipe mode soon, I promise. But first (sounds klaxon!) we have some exciting news…

We are writing a recipe book! Of our own! It is called the Crumbs Family Cookbook (What do you think of our amazing bright and beautiful cover!?) and will be published - in London, New York and Sydney - by CICO Books this September. We're going global!!! We are so excited and are cooking our way through a long list of amazing recipes to see which ones make the tasty final cut. What a chore, huh?!! The whole book's emphasis is on fast, tasty, family food. It will include a handful of old favourites from here and our YouTube channel, but the rest of the recipes will be brand spanking new.

But we were wondering if you could help us? We want to know what you look for in a cook book? Are there any recipes you think should always be included? A good Victoria sponge for example. A go-to pancake recipe? The perfect chicken soup? Are you after mid-week staples or children's party inspirations? Also, if you have a hands-down, original favourite - let us know. We will test the best sounding ones until we find a winner, that will make it into the book. We wouldn't be writing a book if wasn't for you and the brilliant response we have had from our blog. So thank you! We are so excited. Did I already say that?

I read a great post recently by food and wine writer Fiona Beckett (who – along with Knackered Mother - has helped me broaden my wine horizons beyond Sauvignon Blanc) about how, in a quest to keep recipes short, too many cook books skimp on detail. So we are trying to balance the fine line between making sure recipes work and are easy-to-follow, but not so overwhelming and detailed that they put people off.

We are definitely going to include lots of our top cheats and tips as well as kitchen equipment we couldn’t live without. It is all about helping you to cook good, tasty, food… quickly.

If you would like to find out more or a review copy, then contact our wonderful publicist (I know! Get us! Publicist!) - mark.mcginlay@cicobooks.co.uk

Thank you! 

Lucy and Claire xxx


18 comments:

  1. I'm always on the lookout for easy appetizers and family friendly midweek meals.

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    1. We've got lots of midweek meals, that we hope you'll like.

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  2. A basics section would be good, but not at the back and not without pictures where most chefs put the boring bits. Things you use all the time but forget the measurements for e.g. bechamel sauce, pancakes, yorkshires.

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    1. Great idea. It's easy to forget that not everyone reads a book cover to cover.

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  3. Congratulations! What exciting news.

    Soup recipes. My kids will eat pretty much any vegetable as long as it is blitzed beyond recognition in soup, but I tend to stick to my own tried and tested variations on tomato soup, lentil soup, carrot and tomato soup, so it would be nice to have some alternatives to try. Especially if they involve ways of getting my older son to eat meat.

    YY to lack of detail, although it's not a problem I frequently find, I do remember getting v frustrated with one of Tana Ramsay's books that had loads of vital info missing - can't remember precisely *what* now as I gave the book to a charity shop. See what happens though?

    Good luck with the adventure.

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    1. So impressed your kids eat vegetable soup. Mine are suspicious even when it is blitzed up into tiny pieces. We have at least 3 lovely veggie soup recipes in there, that we hope you will like!

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  4. how exciting! cake recipes please and easy mid-week recipes that the kids will eat but that are not completely bland. Thank you!

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  5. Brilliant news. I always like to know how to store things, how long they will keep for and if you can freeze them or not - so many recipe books are missing this.

    I also like a photo for every recipe so I can see how it should look (even if it doesn't always turn out that way), not just a few photos dotted around to make it look pretty.

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    1. We will try to add to each recipe what you can freeze and can't. And we have a big cooking in advance section which will tell you the dos and don'ts.

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  6. That all sounds very exciting - well done! As for cookery books, I like knowing about variations, eg. how to make a recipe vegetarian, or non-vegetarian, or how to use some of the items that I have in my cupboard but never get round to using and end up having to throw out. :)

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  7. Well done you two! Just remember all the little people who have faithfully followed you from the start, won't you? (sob!)
    And please make sure your wonderful eggy crumpets are front and centre xx

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    1. Kitchenmaid, you are impossible to forget! And eggy crumpets are definitely in there!

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  8. Hello my name is Francesca and I'm Italian. I discovered your blog by accident, looking for new things. I have joined your followers. If you go too foul. Thank you. Francesca

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  9. like others great easy weekday meals, that taste great and don't take too long after a busy day at work.

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    1. Yes, you read our mind - superfast but tasty too! Hopefully we are brimming with those!

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  10. Great news. Definitely second the idea of including info on what can be frozen. Also recipes that lend the,selves to batch-cooking and freezing in small portions for toddlers/babies. I love to have a freezer full of healthy homemade 'ready meals' for my son and always looking for new ideas. Recipes that encourage little ones to eat veg (hidden veg-type recipes). Very speedy recipes and recipes for when the fridge is bare using store cupboard ingredients.
    Just a few ideas!

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