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Blog Book Tour

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Calling all bloggers! I want to do a "blog book tour" -- and need your help! 

If you have a blog and would like to interview me about The Happy Herbivore Cookbook -- send me an email at (lindsay ( at ) happyherbivore.com) with your questions and blog address.

I'll also give you a few recipes (with accompanying pictures) from the cookbook to share exclusively with your readers! 

I have loved all the interviews I've done so far --- this is going to be a lot of fun!

Interviews:

with Kelly from Calming the Spirit (a great wellness blog)

with Rachel (the former) Fish Taco Fanatic (she recently went plant-strong!)

with Lindsay (great name!) of Green Food, Green Thumb, High Heels

with Sandra of Irresistibly Vegan (love this blog name!)

with Julie of Motor Girl in the Steel City (who I met in person!)

with Becca of Peace, Love, Bagels (mm bagels!)

with MO of VeganFit (her personal story is inspiring!)

with Kelly of Party Like a Vegan (yeah! paaar-ty!)

with Michele aka A Veg Who Hates Tofu (I'm a former tofu-hater!)

with Jessica of Jessica Hamilton Yoga

with Gloria of Glo's Kitchen

with Jaydee of Life in the Lost World (she's also doing a giveaway!)

with Erin from Vegan Once a Day

with Jess of In My Healthy Opinion

with Jennifer from Veggie Burgher (who I met in Pitt!)

with Jodie of Picky Vegan

with Julie from A Case of the Runs (best blog name ever!)

with Clara of My Educated Life (who I apparently went to HS with!)

with Tami Moore (we talk about unicorns and zombies!)

with Harriette Halepis

with Lizanna of Naturally Vegan

with Ryann of My Whole Deal (talking about sustainability!)

at Hungry Vegan Traveler 

with Rhonda of Singularly Happy (a great blog about loving your life)

at A Sunny Path

and with my pal Sarah of See Sarah Eat!

Pics from the new cookbook

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

It's been recipe mania around here. Last night I counted up all the new recipes I've created so far, and hit 50+. (Granted some of these include sauces and dressings, but still!)

This discovery was shocking, exciting and also a big wave of relief. You see, when my publisher asked me if I wanted to write another cookbook, I said "hell yes!" but then he asked if I could have the whole thing done in two months so we could get it out ASAP...  I had a bit of an anxiety episode (okay, I hade a huge episode that involved screaming, crying and throwing my arms in the air---but that's not the point!)

I felt like I could do it, but this pressure -- the looming deadline -- was really getting to me and every day I'd wake up with a touch of stress and anxiety, which was silly, really, because my publisher kept telling me if it was "too much" we could pull it and have the book come out in the Spring, or something. You know, so I could take my time.

But that's not how I operate. I wanted my book to come out as fast as it can. I want it to come out in December, or January, so you can give it as gifts or use it to start the New Years off with a healthy (and tasty!) agenda and I want this book to be even better than the last one -- more pictures, more recipes, more this and that. Yeah, I put a lot of pressure on myself! 

Thankfully, I'm one of those people who thrives under pressure so stress and anxiety aside, I've been really motivated.... writing 3 and 4 and sometimes 5 recipes in a day-motivated. 

Seeing how much progress I've made so far has left me feeling good --like I can do this!

Having all of your support and encouragement (not to mention the countless feedback given to every query I post on facebook) is really what has made this possible -- so thank you! (A big thanks to my testers and Andrea who are all moving at lightening speed with me).

So without further ado, here are some outtakes from the new cookbook -- these are not the photos that will appear in the book, but can give you a glimpse at some of the dishes all the same... enjoy!

So you wanna write a cookbook?

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Business101

Before I wrote my first cookbook, the whole idea seemed so glamorous but as I started on the first book, I quickly realized--holy hell! it's a lot of hard work!!

It's rewarding work, for sure -- but it's a big project with lots of little undertakings that sneak up on you. I thought after I wrote all the recipes I was done -- ha! far from it. There was editing, layout, creating an index by hand -- so much goes into every book. It's a monster process and I have respect for all the people who work in publishing -- and of course, the team at my publisher that made my first book so beautiful! I have high expectations for this next one!

My favorite part, naturally, is creating new recipes, and my least favorite part, is turning them into a manuscript! Actually, I take that back, clean up is probably my least favorite part! 

I am a messy cook to begin with but when it's time to create -- I take that mess to a whole new level:

I took this picture mid-day yesterday, after I'd created one recipe and was in the middle of the second one. The alarming part is that both recipes have about 8 ingredients, or less -- so I'm puzzled why the entire contents of my fridge are strung out on the counter!

Anyway, because we're on a tight schedule this time (trying to get the book out as fast as possible) I'm taking pictures as I go rather than having photo shoots at the end. On the upside, its making me consider food visually when I'm creating recipes. Usually my process is all about taste, and nutrition, with little thought into how the end product will look (presentation be damned!) -- but since I'm photographing the end product right off the bat, I'm thinking about presentation... which, ironically, has led me to use a lot more spinach! LOL because I really like the vibrant green color!

And although taking pictures was really stressful for me last time --- I'm enjoying it this time because I've learned a lot, I have a huge workspace (a big difference from my NYC studio apartment) and wonderful Caribbean sunlight that makes every picture look good!

So here is a look into my work space -- and creation process! I hope you enjoyed it.