I Should Be Writing a Cookbook

by Maggie Battista on January 22, 2014

in Authors, Featured


Since signing the deal to write a cookbook, there are about one thousand other things I’m doing instead of actually writing a cookbook.

Help me, Rhonda.

If you’re my editor, there’s a little “x” in the top of this browser that you should click right about now, okay?

Instead of writing a cookbook, I’m doing things like:

  1. Watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee.
  2. Lunching at my favorite Cambridge cafe, Tatte Bakery.
  3. Scouring a friend’s prop closet for that cookbook that I’m not (yet) writing.
  4. Getting caught in snow storms with my photographer (no photographing yet either).
  5. Indulging in seafood-filled dinners – thank you Row34.
  6. Tidying up my Food Gift Love pantry for the Boston Herald.
  7. Making tea bags for my new friends-to-be at Alt Summit and making my first visit to Salt Lake City.
  8. Creating fabric stamps for that cookbook that I better go write now…

We’ll be doing a call-out for recipe testers soon, or as soon as I get all those recipes finalized! More soon… xox

Photos taken and styled by Maggie Battista.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • christine tobin

    I totally volunteer to help out with testing :) My fav.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Thank you so much, Christine! I’d love love love the help. :) xox

  • KF

    I know a former chef (my sister) who would be glad to help with testing.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Oh merci Kim! I would love more help. I’ll have my people get in touch with your people. aka, I’ll email you! xox :)

  • Angela Brown

    Congrats on your cookbook deal! That’s so exciting, though I imagine that I too would find myself procrastinating quite a bit!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      I flew all the way to Salt Lake City to avoid it all – but I can’t wait to get back and do it. Thanks for the kind words, Angela! xox

  • Carol Cook

    have a blast here (SLC) at the alt summit…. if I weren’t occupied with sundance filmfest this week, I’d be making my way to the fancy hotel to meet you in person!!! Have a wonderful visit to SLC!!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Oh it would be so lovely to meet you but Sundance is a big deal – have a wonderful time. Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it :)

  • elita w.

    I missed a chance to say hello at Alt! (Didn’t want to interrupt your ongoing convos.) Hope you had great time. I did!

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