Rose's Baking Basics Book
100 ESSENTIAL RECIPES, WITH MORE THAN 600 STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS
My 12th book will present over 100 recipes for cookies and small treats, cakes, pies, and breads in a step-by-step style, with 600 photos captioned photos of various steps done by me in our baking kitchen. Also, most recipes will have a set up for ingredients (mise en place) before the steps, just as you would do before carrying out the steps.
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The Reviews and Articles
Our book is receiving great reviews from key reviewing publications.
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Book to be released September 25th. Book launch, book signings, and tour schedule to be presented here, on Current Announcements, and Our Blog postings.
Our Book Launch & Fall 2018 Book Tour Schedule
Click on the page link below to see our tentative schedule. Be aware that dates and events may change. In September, a final schedule will be announced by a blog posting and noted as a final schedule.
Baking Production Phases
You can follow and read this new book's production phases through our blog postings below. Just Click on the Baking Production Phase title to read the posting.
Phase 1: an Idea is Born This posting takes us from switching gears off the promised wedding book to doing a book for 'beginners', per our editor Stephanie Fletcher's suggestion. Now we had hopefully two books in production for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers. And maybe a third, as another dream book for me would be one on ice cream.
Phase 2: Recipe Testing Formatting recipes to a step-by-step with photos was a perfect opportunity to try out new techniques and adaptations to some of our recipes as well as new ones. Testing also let us highlight on recipes for possible step photos.
Phase 3: Step-by-Step Photos Our kitchen of two became a kitchen of five with our photographer, Matthew Septimus; his assistant, Justin; and Stephanie, for the first days of the step-by-step photography.
Phase 4: Read-thrus Finished With our initial manuscript completed, we then read the manuscript to each other to catch mistakes and formatting differences.
Phase 5: Selecting the Step-by-Step Photos Our book was slated for 500 step-by-step photographs. Now we had to choose the best photos from almost 15,000 photos and highlight our manuscript for our choices. Will we be able to reduce our choices to 500?
Phase 6: Rethinking Baking Powder All of our previous books had baking powder's weight shown in grams on the recipe's ingredients chart. But measuring it could vary from day to day. Read how Rose overcame this dilemma after initially deciding to remove baking powder weights form the charts.
Phase 7: Revising the Manuscript to send to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt We spent weeks reading and tweaking the manuscript before submitting it to our editor, and our fingers crossed to what she and the copy editor would send back.
Phase 8: Beauty Photo Shoot We put our selected recipes to become full page 'beauty' shots in the hands of our gifted stylist, Erin Mc Dowel, and captured by our photographer, Matthew Septimus.
Our editor's queries and copy editor's suggestions for revising our manuscript can now be shown electronically through "track changes", which appear on the right side margin. We review and make our choices for revisions.
The BLAD (the publishing world's 'movie trailer version') is our first opportunity to see our book with its proposed design. The full color 12 page pamphlet is sent out to book sellers and reviewers.
The Laid Out pages is our opportunity to see our book in full color and each page's design. It also means proof reading. We did this with my reading the final copy proofed manuscript to Woody as he looked at the text on the laid out pages.
The Galleys is the paperback with black and white photos version of a book that is mailed to book reviewers, book sellers, and other people in the industry. The pages are usually the uncorrected manuscript, but to give reviewers the entire content of the book.
The final stretch of proofing the final text, approving color corrections for the photos, and a surprise from our editor, Stephanie.
We are touring to several cities, including: New York, Cambridge, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Philadelphia this fall.
We are awed by the wonderful production our publisher did for our book. The step by step photos almost look 3-dimensional.
We are happy to share several great reviews from reviewers like Publisher's Weekly and The American Library Association.
The August issue of Publishers Weekly, highlighting cookbooks, features Dorie Greenspan on the cover, Tiffani Thiessen, and Woody and me with this engaging title!
Phase 18: Book Launch! fall 2018
Phase 19: The Tour’s Highlights