Sneak Peek at Food Gift Love Cookbook

by Maggie Battista on June 11, 2014

in Featured, Food Gift Love


I’m at the peak of the #foodgiftlove cookbook writing process and I’m already dreading the end of all this fun – seriously.

When I signed on to write a cookbook last December, I did so with hundreds of partially-packed gift boxes towering all around me. I couldn’t imagine spending every spare moment writing a cookbook when I already had days of food gifts to wrap and send. Well, as it turns out, and I know you already know this about me but, I may have moments of panic but I don’t scare so easily. In fact, my panic morphed into pure love practically over night.

I’ve fallen in love with this process, just love… the kind of love where you do a little dance when a recipe makes people happy, the kind of love where your heart hurts when someone just can’t find cranberries in the middle of spring (because it’s pretty hard, folks!) and has to miss out on a recipe and, most definitely, the kind of love when a recipe tester recounts a memory from their childhood immediately after taking their first bite – I love those emails.

I’m especially in awe of my recipe testers. They each embody the best qualities you could hope for in a good friend: they are kind and gentle, they offer constructive and well-intentioned feedback, and the way they truly own certain recipes is just endearing. So yeah, I love them too.

I’m almost six months in and 100 recipes are close to final. Wow, right?! Wow. We finish photographing the first half of the cookbook this month and then jump into the second half of delicious food photography in July. (I post outtakes from our shoots on Instagram, if you’re curious.)

Each recipe tester is also photographing the #foodgiftlove as they test and, oh em gee, I pinch myself every time I see a photo. Here’s another sneak peak and thank you! xo

{P.S. – If you’re in the Boston area, we’re planning to pop up at the Urban Grape in July. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (in the right hand column) to be the first to hear about those dates and locations.}


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 All photos courtesy of cookbook recipe testers!

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.


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.

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