***UPDATE 12/20/11: "Boy, that escalated quickly."
Thank you all so much for showing such great interest in this cookbook! I'm thrilled with the overwhelming responses in just a short amount of time. I won't be able to choose everyone to be a recipe tester, but I will choose many many of you that have left comments. As such, the call for testers is now closed.
I'll be in touch with the selected recipe testers soon via email. Thanks again for your participation!
Wow. Nothing can quite sneak up on you like a LOOMING deadline. Not ninjas. Not zombies. Not zombie-ninjas. 'Tis a scary thing indeed, that deadline.
So as I'm nearing the finish line for the manuscript of my Filipino cookbook, I can't help but to feel all kinds of anxiety, worry, and downright fright. And even after the manuscript is done, there's still plenty more things that can sneak up on me before the book is really done and I can finally stop looking over my shoulder--but those are details I'll perhaps save for another time.
For now, dear readers and friends, I need your help. Pretty please.
I need recipe testers. Recipe testers of all shapes, sizes, and culinary expertise. And because this lil' cookbook of mine will be released worldwide, I need recipe testers from L.A. to Laoag and everywhere in between.
And no, you don't have to be Filipino. And heck, you don't even have to like Filipino food. Maybe after testing a couple of my recipes, I can persuade Filipino food haters to think differently about something I care very dearly about. At least that's my hope. And yes, lovers of Filipino food are welcome too, of course.
Sound good? Good!
Here's what I need from you if you're interested in being a recipe tester for my New Filipino Cookbook:
- Leave a comment in this post, making sure to leave your correct email address in the appropriate box.
- Let me know where you are from, and what your skill-level is as a cook.
- Test 2-3 of my recipes as written, and let me know about the results.
- I need your feedback by January 9, 2012!
- "Mum's" the word. Keep my recipes, concepts, and ideas to yourself! Keep it on the DL! Zip the lip! Shhhhh! If you start going around town telling people about my recipe for Hippopatamus Adobo, why would they want to buy my cookbook?
Not Hippopatamus Adobo. Or is it?
In return, my recipe testers will have the opportunity to get a sneak peak of what I've been working on for the past many months. And as a recipe tester, you'll have the chance to be a part of what I hope will be something very special for the Filipino community specifically, and the bigger food community in general. Recipe testers will also be thanked by name in the acknowledgements section of my cookbook. Woohoo!
My cookbook is due out in late 2012/early 2013 and will be published by Tuttle Publishing. The book is tentatively titled "The New Filipino-American Cookbook: A Celebration of Culture in the Kitchen and at the Table"--or something kinda sorta like that. My cookbook will present a variety of classic Filipino dishes and comfort foods with my own modern and contemporary twist on them.
Hopefully there will be some of you out there that will want to help with this little endeavor of mine. Thanks in advance to any and everyone that apply!