Book Deal
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. That is wonderful news! Congratulations, Bee.

  2. Fuji Mama says:

    YAYAYAY! So glad you finished the contract negotiations! CONGRATS!!!!

  3. Brian says:

    I can’t wait! :)

  4. Kotonk says:

    Great news–congratulations!

  5. Shao says:

    Congrats Bee! I hope I get to be one of those recipe testers. :) I can’t wait until the book comes out!

  6. Linda says:

    I am so looking forward to it! :)

  7. Kate says:

    Wow, I love the fried wontons picture, it’s definitely cookbook worthy and looks like a cookbook cover! I am sure your cookbook will be a hit. I have tried many of your recipes and they all work, and they are so easy. I have become a much better cook myself thanks to your blog, and yes I agree, your recipes are better than what I get at the Chinese takeouts here. Congratulations!

    • Alta says:

      I agree with Kate completely, the photograph is awesome and cookbook worthy. I can’t wait to see your work in a printed book. I have no doubt that it will be perfect. Congrats!

      • Kate, Alta – thanks for your kind comment about the photograph. I am personally very excited about the food photography in this cookbook. It’s going to be a completely different look, refined, and yes, cookbook worthy. It’s a very different style from my blog. :)

  8. eula says:

    i’m so excited for you! congrats! i recently tried your lobster in cheese sauce recipe (first time trying your recipes) and it was delicious even when i skipped the deep frying part!! i made it for my family’s chinese new year’s dinner. a big thanks! i definitely look forward to your cookbook(s)!

    will you be including many recipes that haven’t been published on your blog? otherwise there’s no motivation to buy it. keep us updated!

    • Of course, the cookbook will be choke full of new and unpublished recipes, and some classics that are already on the blog, but much better and “enhanced” versions of them. Thank you!

  9. sarah says:

    congratulations! cannot wait to see the finished product!

    and really, it’s ABOUT TIME. LOL. how this didnt happen sooner i just dont get…:D

  10. alice says:

    So excited for you Bee! Congrats!

  11. Erica says:

    Very exciting! I will definitely purchase the book and will patiently await your Malaysian cookbook! I’ve wanted one for so long.

  12. DK says:

    This is such a good news! I like the look of this cover/title already! You must be proud :)

  13. SuperChef says:

    this is awesome news!! congratulations!!

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  15. Laura says:

    Congradulations! I’m very excited about this.

  16. Jared says:

    What a great way to start off Chinese New Years. Congratulations!!! If we send postage, can we taste test for you?

  17. slammie says:


  18. Josie Borlongan says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to buy me a copy!

  19. Thip says:

    Congrats! Bee. I’m so excited for you. :)

  20. Awesome!!!! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!

  21. borneoboy says:

    congratulations ! You have achieved every food blogger’s dream !

  22. sharon says:

    A huge congrats to you! way to ring in the New Years!

  23. Tuty says:

    Way to go, Bee!! Keep up your wonderful work and thanks for keeping your readers in the loop :-)

  24. Hi Bee,
    Congratulations! It’s really a great news in the year of the tiger, another milestone of your blogging. Fantastic !

  25. Congras!! This is so exciting.

  26. Cynthia says:

    Hearty congratulations again Bee! Looking forward to the book, I know it will be a best seller!

  27. noobcook says:

    omg, so excited to see the mock up of the book cover! CONGRATULATIONS once again Bee hehe

  28. margaret says:

    I’m so happy for you, congrats.

    I’ve an avid fan of your blog, & I’ve also try some of your recipie, they are so delicious.

    Hope that I can buy your book here in the Philippines, & I’m so excited & can’t wait anymore.

  29. Bee, once that book hits the shelves, I will make sure all of my family and friends hit Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Borders, and every bookstore imaginable to pick up your book. I am always amazed at what you do and that photo on the cover is GORGEOUS!

  30. Ellie says:

    Congratulations! I am so excited and happy for you. You are so talented and totally deserve it. Can’t wait for the release.

  31. Bethany says:

    Wonderful news! I’ll be grabbing this as soon as it reaches the shelf! I already feel like a recipe taster…. I test tons of your recipes from the blog, can’t wait for others to try :-) Congrats!

  32. Chowhound says:

    Fabulous!! Congratulations!! I am looking forward to your cookbook.

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  34. Wow! Doing Malaysia proud:)

  35. This is inspiring! I love your recipes and am going to be all up on this book when it comes out!

  36. Congratulations! Now I can say I knew you when. :)

  37. tigerfish says:

    Congratulations! Will be waiting too….;P

  38. steph says:

    wow congratulations! :) i would like to test your recipes too!! :)

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  40. Chotrul says:

    I can’t wait for the book (even though I’m waiting even more for the second one – the Malaysian recipes). Wishing you all the best for its success.

  41. Congrats!!!!! Knowing that you’re cooking, styling, photographing and doing it all yourself makes it even more special.

  42. Elysia says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’ve been a fan of your recipes since I first stumbled upon this wonderful blog quite some time ago. Kung Pao Chicken is my all time fave :)

  43. Shal says:

    Wow, that’s great. I’m an avid follower of your blog and love trying your recipes. You have a fantastic site. Well deserved and I look forward to reading your new book!

  44. Prime says:

    Congrats Bee!!! You deserve that deal. Here’s hoping that you’ll publish more books in the future

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  46. Su-yin says:

    Congratulations! It’s well deserved. :) You’re always the blog I turn to when it comes to Chinese/Malaysian food, and I’ve managed to satisfy many a craving when I’ve been far away from home thanks to your fantastic recipes.

  47. Maninas says:

    I thought your cookbook would be on Nyonya cuisine. :)

  48. Congratulations!!! I can’t tell you how much your site inspires my dinners!! :)

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