Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cookbook Update

Witamy!  Several of you have asked how the book is doing, so here is an update. 

We’re actually very pleased with how the book is being received...we’ve seen several very praising newspaper reviews and everyone who has flipped through the pages has loved it.  The 100+ stunning photos have really been admired and a lot of folks have commented that they would never buy a coobook without a lot of pictures. 

Over the last several months we’ve been to many Polish American church festivals up and down the east coast, from Long Island to Florida, visiting several cities such as Baltimore, Silver Spring MD, Doylestown, Pa. and more.  With Christmas gift giving in mind, quite a few folks are buying multiple copies for their families and friends who don’t have access to the classic recipes.  One gentleman bought 6 copies to give to each of his grown kids.  Then there was our ex-neighbor who bought ten autographed copies for all her “foodie” friends who collect cookbooks.  And there was the colleague I used to work with who also bought ten signed copies and declared that his Christmas shopping was done in one fell swoop! 

 This weekend we have two signing events scheduled – on Saturday at Salt & Pepper Bookstore in Occoquan VA, and Sunday at the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville MD.  As soon as that event is over, we’re hitting I-95 South for Florida, where on Tuesday the 22nd, we’ll be at The Villages, Florida, for a meeting of the Polish American Club there.  We’ll be giving a presentation about the making of the book, and several volunteer members will be preparing dishes from our book for a tasting event.  Plus, Laura’s Mom and Sister live in Florida not too far from The Villages, so that will give us a chance to enjoy Thanksgiving with them, while our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter spend the holiday with his family. 

We're generally pleased with the way our book is selling, but there have been a few surprises along the way. One is how the book is finding its way abroad.  We’ve seen it advertized on several websites around the world, including in Germany, Australia and Norway.  Another is that our publisher has told us that there may be some interest in Poland to acquire the rights and translate it into that is a huge twist - a Polish cookbook, written in English and translated back to Polish - go figure!

So it’s going well.  We appreciate everyone’s best wishes for our success.  And if you haven’t purchased a signed copy yet for yourself or to give for Christmas, just click the buy button at the top of this page.  The PayPal process is really easy.

Do zobaczenia!  (See ya!) Laura and Peter

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