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February 15th, 2010 114 Comments

Book Deal

Disclaimer: This is not the final design or title of the cookbook
Disclaimer: This is not the final design or title of the cookbook

What a way to announce a great news during Chinese New Year, especially in the auspicious Golden Tiger Year.

It’s official! I have finalized a contract with Tuttle/Periplus Publishing Group to develop my very first cookbook—a Chinese recipe cookbook, scheduled to hit bookshelves in Fall 2011.

I consider myself extremely lucky. By chance, my editor discovered Rasa Malaysia and asked if I would be interested in authoring a cookbook. Caught by surprise, I fell out of my chair while saying “YES!”

Although I have been working on my cookbook for a few months, the contract negotiations were completed not too long ago. Upon receiving the signed contract from the publisher, I made an announcement on Twitter, my Facebook fan pages, and in the “From the Editor” section of Rasa Malaysia. Many readers offered their congratulations, to whom I offer my sincere thanks.

Thank you” to my family, friends, fans, and fellow food bloggers who have been instrumental in the growth of Rasa Malaysia. None of this would have been possible without your continued support, and I look forward to your ongoing blessing and friendship. I can’t thank you enough for your kind assistance, generous advice, and encouragement.

I will continue to share exciting news on Rasa Malaysia regarding my cookbook, so please stay tuned.

Here are some of the common questions about the cookbook, as well as my answers…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1) What will your cookbook contain?

The cookbook will contain 80 healthy and easy-to-prepare Chinese recipes, each accompanied by a full-color photograph. Some recipes will include step-by-step color photographs. I will be styling and photographing all photos in the cookbook (so now you know why I have been investing heavily in a new camera, gear, and props!). Special thanks to my friend Chef Danhi who loaned me his precious collections of props.

2) Why not a Malaysian recipe cookbook?

Because I am a first-time cookbook author, I need to establish myself by publishing a cookbook on mainstream Asian cuisine, thus my first book will be on Chinese recipes. In fact, Rasa Malaysia is as much a Chinese food blog as a Malaysian food blog. For Malaysian food lovers, I hope to next develop a Malaysian recipe cookbook.

3) How will your cookbook be different from other Chinese recipe cookbooks?

My Chinese recipes will be healthy and easy-to-prepare, while preserving their authenticity and remaining delicious. Recently I received an email from a reader who tried one of my Chinese recipes and insisted that it was the best he had ever tasted, better than that of the best Chinese restaurant in his city (a city full of renowned Chinese restaurants)! On top of offering popular Chinese recipes for such dishes as beef chow fun, stuffed crab claws, and multiple types of dim sum and dumplings, my cookbook will also include restaurant-style recipes not commonly found in Chinese cookbooks!

4) What is the title of your cookbook?

My editor and I have not decided on a title. If readers would like to suggest some titles, they should feel free to post a comment.

5) How can I be a recipe tester?

Once all 80 recipes are perfected, this blog will inform readers how to do so. I will definitely need your help, so please stay tuned.

6) What is the release date of your cookbook?

The cookbook is scheduled to hit shelves sometime in Fall 2011. While the exact date is not yet determined, when it is will be posted on this blog.

7) Will your cookbook be available outside the United States?

Yes! Tuttle/Periplus Publishing Group publishes and distributes worldwide so you should be able to get my cookbook in a book store near you!

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114 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Simon says:

    good luck on the book, even if your techniques presented is pretty known culinary facts, i wish you luck with your sales and hope it will somewhat stand out from the crowds. Good to hear that you actually made a contract deal.

  2. This is fantastic news! I’m all for bloggers getting cookbook deals. Absolutely cannot wait to get a copy. Congrats!

  3. Lisa says:

    Congrats, Bee! I can’t wait to buy a copy!

  4. Jane Ridolfi says:

    Looks fabuous! thanks for posting!

  5. KY says:

    Congratulations again! I look forward to testing the recipes in the cookbook but I hope they are not ‘westernised’ Chinese recipes though! :)

  6. I want a copy of this book. I would love to learn easy recipes for Chinese food! It would be really neat to invited friends over for a nice Chinese dinner that I made all alone. Thanks for the great idea and the book.

  7. barbara says:

    That is great news. Congratulations.

  8. Celina says:

    Happy New Year and congratulations!

    I tried the restaurant-style Chinese Steamed Fish. It is the best steamed fish recipe I’ve tried. The fish tasted so good that I felt like eating in a restaurant in Taiwan where I grew up.

    Thanks for all the nice recipes!

  9. Congratulations on your book deal!!!

    Aileen

  10. Congratulations on your book deal!!!.

    Aileen

  11. Nic says:

    Congrats, how exciting! It’s going to be great!!

  12. Tricia says:

    Congratulations Bee!!! How wonderful!!! Can’t wait to get your cookbook!!

  13. lingzie says:

    congratulations once again bee!! really cant wait to see your book in the stores! :) and happy chinese new year to you and your family! :)

  14. Ninette says:

    Congrats, Bee!! You deserve it.

  15. Lilian says:

    Hi, Congrats Bee… You deserve it…. You work hard to please your Rasa readers…

  16. Nellen says:

    Congratulations!!! I have tried many of your recipes. They are truly simple and delicious.

  17. A huge congrats! How exciting for you! And how wonderful for the rest of us to have such a delicious book to look forward to.

  18. Peter says:

    Hi Bee, Greetings from Sydney! This is wonderful news indeed. It will solve the problem of buying gifts for friends for me. Am really looking forward to it. I have had amazing success with recipes from your blog and recommend it to friends all the time. And can’t wait for a Malaysian and Nyonya book to follow. Best wishes from me.

  19. June Ong says:

    First & foremost, Gong Xi Fa Cai ! As I’m writing this, a lion dance troupe is performing noisily in the neighbourhood :)

    I collect good cookbooks so I look forward to adding your book to my book shelf. Congratulations !

  20. Katherine says:

    hope your recipe book have delicious and nice pictures. the price of your book is reaonable. the recipe will be simple and easy to cook. ingredient easy to get in the supermarket. hope to get email for free recipe too.

    Thank u.

    regards
    kat

  21. irvin says:

    ill be waiting for it

  22. Amy says:

    Congratulations Bee, I can’t think of a more deserving person than you to get a book deal out of all your hard work through the years.
    Often when I need inspirations for Asian or Malaysian cooking, I’d know I can always drop by your blog to pick up a delicious recipe to make. Thank you for sharing you wonderful knowledge with all of us who love food and love making it for those around us. You will always have a fan and supporter in me from Australia!

    Keep up your fabulous work in this wonderful golden Tiger year!

  23. Alta says:

    Many congrats! I love your blog and your recipes – it’s only natural that your style is popular enough to put into print! How exciting!

  24. verO says:

    Congratulations ! I can’t wait to buy your book !

  25. sunshine says:

    I love your blog and food you make. I will definitely buy your cookbook! Congrats~

  26. joey says:

    Congratulations!!! Bravo! Looking forward to testing some recipes…will check later for details :) My favorite bookstore here carries Periplus so I’ll definitely be getting myself a copy when it comes out…can’t wait!

  27. Jenny says:

    Wow a huge congrats! All that hard work did pay off after all! :) I’ll be sure to buy it.

  28. I’m super excited for you, Bee! You always have great content so I’m sure this book will be a great addition to my kitchen counter. Looking forward to it tremendously!

  29. Helana Preston says:

    This is awesome, I’m excited…can’t wait to try some of the recipes out!

  30. Congrats! Can’t wait to see your cookbook, promoting the best in Asian cooking.

  31. This calls for a celebration Bee :) A much deserved congratulations !

  32. Beaulotus says:

    Congratulations! It is nice to see your passionate hobby bear fruit. Hope that its publication and the work leading up to it will be smooth sailing.

  33. Congrats on your first cook book! So excited for you, Bee! Wish you have more to come, host of cooking shows, travel shows as you have intended …

  34. Ebon says:

    Way to go, Bee! Mabuhay Ka! Congrats on this new venture.

  35. jeanette says:

    hope i can buy it in austria

  36. Lisa says:

    Congratulations – so well deserved and I know your book will be absolutely amazing :)

  37. Congrats, you have done a great job on your website! I bet the book will be a best seller!

  38. Congrats Bee, all your hard work is coming to final fruition soon!

  39. Camemberu says:

    Congratulations, Bee! I’ve always loved your photography and recipes, and always thought them bookworthy! Am so glad you finally have a cookbook coming out! Can’t wait to buy it!

  40. purplerose says:

    OMG!congratulations!your very first cookbook..you remind me of Bree from Desperate Housewife :)from compiling recipes,then launch a cookbook then later have your on tv programme!..hehehehe..dream big!
    Bree minus the ‘R’..way to go!

  41. baobabs says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog, insightful, always interesting with stunningly delicious photos and it deeply reminds me of home. :)

  42. Congratulations! I must say I am super super impressed with your blog. You really have an amazing eye for photography and you write really well too. Looking forward to seeing the book!

  43. Louise says:

    Yours is my favorite food blog, and I will definitely buy your book once published! I am thinking of putting together my own food blog some day.

  44. Billy says:

    I cant wait, Chinese food is delicious! By the way, where did you get that bamboo rack that your holding the fried dumplings in? what is it called?

    Thanks

  45. stevenelson1973 says:

    I like the title:

    The A, BEE, C’S
    Of
    Easy Chinese

    :)

  46. Laura A. says:

    Hey there! what are these ball things on the cover called and what is the recipe?? i was searching it for so long..

    with regards, L.

  47. Suzanne Fuselier says:

    Hope your cookbook is published soon! I absolutely love food from all over the world, but any oriental style is still my favorite. It will join a much treasured collection of cookbooks.

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