They say that writing a book is up there with childbirth and having experienced both, I cannot disagree. It's some of the hardest work you will ever do. There's excitement and anticipation. It hurts like hell. There's tears and butterflies. There's joy and disbelief. There's proud feelings intertwined with sheer terror. And then with one final out-of-body-experience push, it's just there. You're baby, sitting right in front of you...
Writing a book has always been something I've wanted to do, but it wasn't until I started this blog (nearly 4 years ago!) that I started to think that maybe my dream could one day become a reality. The book reflects my philosophy that natural, whole food should be flavoursome, fun and easy to prepare. Its food as it’s supposed to be, eaten fresh from the earth to the kitchen, seasonal, nourishing and tasty. But it's more than just recipes, it's my life and stories too. My heart and soul lives between these pages and I couldn't be more proud to finally (!!!) be sharing it with you. That said, I am nervous beyond belief to be sitting on the brink of the release date, I just hope you all love it as much as I do...
So let's get down to the nitty gritty, all the good stuff about this little book of mine...
- It's 255 pages long and contains 100 recipes!
- Each and every recipe was written, styled + photographed by yours truly. Every recipe has a photo, even the basics at the end of the book.
- It's 100% Vegetarian, 61 of the recipes are vegan too.
- The entire book is 100% gluten-free, 77 of the recipes are also dairy-free. (59 recipes are completely cane-sugar free too, if you're into that kinda thing).
- Around 93 of the 100 recipes have never been published on my blog. There's a handful of blog favourites that have been given a slight makeover and a fancy new photo.
- The book covers everything; breakfast, snacks, lunch, drinks, baking, iced treats, dinner + desserts.
- My daughter Ada drew all of the little line drawings on each chapter page! Proud mum!
- Many of the recipes are inspired by my childhood favourites including my Sweetcorn + basil fritters, Nut porridge, Millet + Linseed porridge with orange prunes and mums famous Brown rice patties (given the gluten-free twist of course).
- There's an extensive introduction to all the ingredients I use throughout the book, should you not be overly familiar with all of them.
- In saying that though, I have tried my hardest to steer away from hard-to-find or overly priced ingredients in the recipes within this book. My rule when making it was this: If my mum or sister (back home in NZ where money really isn't around in excess) wouldn't be able to afford the ingredients to make a dish, then it didn't go in the book. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule for one or two recipes that I just couldn't leave out however!
- There's a bunch of Vietnamese-inspired dishes which I've given a vegetarian makeover, including the Banh xeo recipe I've been talking about on here for years!
- There's a killer pizza recipe, my favourite sweet pastry, two savoury pastry recipes and my sourdough bread recipe included in the book. All gluten-free.
- All the food you see in the photographs is real food and was eaten after photographing. I'm not into using fake food or stylist tricks to make my food look pretty. Real food all the way!
- A few of my favourite recipes in the book are: Quinoa crepes with orange maple syrup, Nut porridge, Kale slaw
with honey mustard miso dressing, Chewy cranberry, millet + pistachio bars, Ginger
kisses, Dark chocolate coconut bites, Banh xeo, Chickpea, pumpkin + kale stew
with chimichurri + quinoa, Pizza with chilli greens, bocconcini + olive salsa,
Strawberry + Thai basil sorbet, Chocolate chills, Chocolate avocado tart,
Strawberry lemon thyme tarts with honey labneh, Brown rice, millet + chia
UPDATE! My book is now available at all good bookstores throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK. For my US readers, there is a US edition in the pipeline due for release August 2015. (I will post links closer to the time for the US release).
Harper Collins NZ have just today released this lovely little book trailer! Feel free to share away!
Also for any Perth locals, we are having a little book launch party at Beaufort Street Books on the 2nd April from 6.30-8pm. Tickets for this will be available early next week. I'll post more info about this on my Facebook page, so I suggest you keep your eyes peeled on there if you're keen to come along! There will be nibbles from the book, along with drinks too. Jude Blereau is going to be speaking at the event and there will also be a little Q+A-type interview with me and Jane (the owner of the store). It's gonna be fun! Also, I'm going home to NZ at the end of April. I'll share details about what's happening over there closer to the time. I'm SO excited to be going home!
Lastly I just wanna say a huge and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you guys. Without you, this would have never happened.
Advance praise for My Darling Lemon Thyme...
'Emma does a wonderful job of weaving natural, real foods into a collection of vibrant, flavourful and approachable recipes. It's a beautiful heartfelt book that will inspire many meals' -Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Everyday and blogger at 101cookbooks.com.
'I can say without exaggeration that My Darling Lemon Thyme is now my favourite cookbook.This beautiful collection of recipes moves me; the images are gorgeous, the notes are informative, and the dishes are more enticing than any I've seen in a long time.' -Bryant Terry, author of Afro-Vegan and Vegan Soul Kitchen
'My Darling Lemon Thyme is a beautiful and very special book. It’s jam packed with so many incredibly delicious, nourishing and inspiring recipes for real and whole food…many of which happen to be dairy free and gluten free. I know this book will become one of your favourites as it has become one of mine - the question will be what to cook first?' -Jude Blereau- natural foods chef, author, food coach, cooking teacher and real food activist.
'We eat a lot of vegetables at home, but I tend to fall into redundant preparations. Emma's book is exactly what I need when I am looking for something delicious and creative while still being accessible with what I have in the pantry. This book is a must-have for those eating a whole foods diet and filled with great ideas for weekday meals and slow sunday mornings.' -Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen.
'Emma has created an inspiring masterpiece! My Darling Lemon Thyme is full of recipes that are vibrant, exciting, and above all, innovative. It’s hard to believe that everything is gluten-free and plant-based, as this cuisine has never looked so fresh and flavourful! You can feel Emma’s passion for food and family on every page, and spreading the healthy vibes without being preachy. She proves that wholesome is awesome. I cannot wait to cook from this book – the only thing I struggle with is deciding what to make first!' -Sarah Britton, author of My New Roots.
'My Darling Lemon Thyme has quickly become one of our absolute favorite cookbooks. It is filled with real wholefood recipes that are inspiring and well-balanced – healthy without being preachy. All Emma's recipes have intriguing flavour combinations and delicious twists. And they don’t feel complicated. This is exactly the kind of food that we love to cook and eat!' -David Frenkiel + Luise Vindahl, author of The Green Kitchen + Green Kitchen Travels
'Emma's blog has long been a favourite for her tantalising recipes, and her cookbook is the same. Filled with punchy dishes that are packed with flavour.’- Ginny Grant, author of The New Zealand Vegetable Cookbook and Deputy Food Editor of Cuisine Magazine
'I love this book! Loads of inspiring ideas and some really great gluten-free recipes from someone who’s done the work!' -Niki Bezzant, editor of Healthy Food Guide Magazine.