How do you choose your recipes and cookbooks?
The same way you do: We browse. Voraciously. Constantly. Our first stop in any bookstore or online book site is generally the cookbooks section. We also look through publishers’ websites for upcoming books that catch our eye (and appetite). When we have a book in hand, we sift through it for recipes that grab us and that we think will grab you too. Because there are two of us, most recipes and books go up for a vote before the final decision. Luckily, we’ve never had to slug it out over a recipe. Yet.
Do you test all the recipes?
In a perfect world, we’d test them all; but we both work and have families, and sometimes we’re just no match for the number of recipes out there. If we haven’t tried a recipe ourselves, we usually talk to someone who has or farm it out to a willing friend to test it for us. If we (or our pals) don’t like a recipe, we just don’t run it. And though it may not happen until after the fact, we both do find ourselves trying every recipe on the site.
Can I submit a book to be featured?
Yes! We’d love to hear from you. Even our Herculean book-hunting efforts can’t keep up with the number of great books out there. If you have one you’d like us to know about, drop us a line on our contact page. We can’t promise to run every book, but we can definitely take a look.
What platform do you use for your blog?
Who takes all the photos on your site?
Those enticing photos come directly from the books we feature. You’ll find the photographer’s name just next to the author’s in the post. We’ve gotten permission from the publishers to run the photo and recipe, so please don’t use photos without letting us or the publisher know.
I left a comment on a post, but it hasn’t appeared on the site yet. What’s up?
We love hearing from readers and welcome your comments. But we moderate every comment, so it sometimes takes time before we can read and approve them. We try to be quick about it, but life can be busy. We promise we’re on the case. On the other hand, if a comment is just plain mean or nonsensical, we probably won’t approve it. This site is meant to be fun, and we want to keep it that way. Thanks for helping us do that.
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Can I still comment on cookbook giveaways, even though I live outside the U.S.?
We can only ship books within the United States, so you must be a U.S. resident to enter a giveaway. But we appreciate comments from all over the globe, so feel free to have your say. Unless your say is mean or nonsensical.
Do you two have real jobs?
Both of us have active freelance lives. Fran’s a writer and editor, currently working on a documentary screenplay, several editing projects, and as a sometime writing coach. Shelly is a graphic designer and works with book publishers and assorted websites on book and marketing design. Have a project you need help with? Don’t be shy, drop us a note.