Author of Passover - A Kosher Collection
What is the development process when you create a new recipe?
Some of my recipes are things that I've been making and tweaking for years. They may be based on something my grandmother or one of my parents taught me years ago, something that I grew up with but then made it my own. Other recipes take more work. I spend days and days making lists of flavors that I think will work well together. Then I refine the lists and eliminate items or expand on them; then it's into the kitchen to test them out. Some things work right away, others take numerous attempts until I'm satisfied with them, and some of them are disasters that don't work at all.
The book was self-published--correct? How did you find that experience? Would you do the same with your next book?
Correct. Self-publishing this book is quite different from the first book. I'm learning a lot as I go. But this time I'm the writer, along with some help from my family, the editor, photographer, designer, publisher, marketer, salesperson, etc. It's been a lot of work and the work continues, but I'm happy with my decision to go on my own because with all the hard work also comes the ability to do things my way.
Would I self-publish again? I think I will. I'm still learning, but I've learned so much that I can take to the next book and the theory is that the next time should be easier.
Are you thinking about the next book? If so, what is the subject matter?
I know that there will be another book, after I take a break, but I don't know what it will be. Originally I thought the series of books would be soup, salad, sides, entr