July 21, 2010

The Naptime Chef: THE BOOK

Yes, the rumors are true! The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food Into Family Life, my first cookbook, will be published by Running Press in Spring 2012. Just writing that sentence makes me want to jump out of my seat and do a little dance around the room! Or, at least, have another glass of champagne.

Selling a book is an awesome project. Awesome in the sense that it requires quite a bit of work, patience and time. It’s a bit of marathon really, from start to finish, and I definitely did not do it all by myself. This process would never even have started without my awesome agent Jenni. She saw the potential in the story from the start, coached me through the proposal and rallied me through the sale. Because of her I am looking forward to entire year of writing an fantastic cookbook filled to the brim with Naptime Chef recipes (some old, MOST new!) and I couldn’t be more grateful. I promise, I will write and cook my heart out to create a wonderful and true resource that will reside on your cookbook shelf for years to come. I also promise a few great book parties. And, a few more flutes of champagne.

So, my editor, Kristen, and I are off and running. I can’t wait to share more about the process of writing a cookbook the further I dive into this. Also, if anyone has suggestions for something they want to see in the book feel free to leave a comment and let me know. I’m all ears!

In the mean time, as if a new book weren’t enough, this lovely lady is redesigning my entire website that will be debuting in less than month. You can look forward easy navigation, great style and lots of printable recipe pages!

And, last but not least, I thank you, readers, for all of your support and enthusiasm. I look forward to giving you a true bound book that will prove exciting and invaluable. This is a day for all of us to celebrate. So, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to the beginning of a new adventure!

  • Stephanie G

    YEAY! Congrats! I can't wait to get a copy of your book – or ten!

  • Stephanie G

    YEAY! Congrats! I can't wait to get a copy of your book – or ten!

  • Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Congratulations – that is so awesome! I can't wait to see it in print!

  • Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Congratulations – that is so awesome! I can't wait to see it in print!

  • Hilary B

    So exciting! Congratulations! Can't wait for it.

  • Hilary B

    So exciting! Congratulations! Can't wait for it.

  • Kudos Kitchen

    How very exciting! One of my passions is cookbooks so I'll definitely be looking for yours when it's on the stands. Congrats on the new website as well. I'd love to paint your logo/header on a trivet tile if you'd be interested.

  • Kudos Kitchen

    How very exciting! One of my passions is cookbooks so I'll definitely be looking for yours when it's on the stands. Congrats on the new website as well. I'd love to paint your logo/header on a trivet tile if you'd be interested.

  • Jenn

    Kelsey – Well I know what everyone is getting for holiday gifts and birthday gifts in 2012!!!!! Congratulations – you deserve it!

  • Jenn

    Kelsey – Well I know what everyone is getting for holiday gifts and birthday gifts in 2012!!!!! Congratulations – you deserve it!

  • kirsten

    well done kelsey!!! you know i will be one of the first in line to buy my copy (and many others). i am so proud of you. you deserve it, … damn you've worked hard! can't wait for the release party 🙂

  • kirsten

    well done kelsey!!! you know i will be one of the first in line to buy my copy (and many others). i am so proud of you. you deserve it, … damn you've worked hard! can't wait for the release party 🙂

  • Anna (londonfoodieny)

    well done! very exciting news!

  • Anna (londonfoodieny)

    well done! very exciting news!

  • Jennifer Hess

    Oh my goodness, Kelsey, CONGRATULATIONS! So well-deserved, and I can't wait to read it!

  • Jennifer Hess

    Oh my goodness, Kelsey, CONGRATULATIONS! So well-deserved, and I can't wait to read it!

  • MrsWheelbarrow

    Splendid news, Kelsey! I'm not at all surprised – you're brilliance shines through every post. What a thrilling year ahead! I just know this book will be the perfect gift for every new Mom.

  • MrsWheelbarrow

    Splendid news, Kelsey! I'm not at all surprised – you're brilliance shines through every post. What a thrilling year ahead! I just know this book will be the perfect gift for every new Mom.

  • Leslie MacFadyen

    So awesome Kelsey – it's all of your hard word that has brought this about and you should be so so proud. You have an army of Emma chicks out here ready to start the marketing effort all over the globe in 2012! Congrats!

  • Leslie MacFadyen

    So awesome Kelsey – it's all of your hard word that has brought this about and you should be so so proud. You have an army of Emma chicks out here ready to start the marketing effort all over the globe in 2012! Congrats!

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    Awesome news, a big congratulations to you! You should be very proud!

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    Awesome news, a big congratulations to you! You should be very proud!

  • Maria at Fresh Eats

    This is such fabulous news — congratulations! I already have a list of people in mind who will LOVE your book. I knew a cookbook was in your future — and I'm sure this is just the beginning of many wonderful things for you! Yay!

  • Maria at Fresh Eats

    This is such fabulous news — congratulations! I already have a list of people in mind who will LOVE your book. I knew a cookbook was in your future — and I'm sure this is just the beginning of many wonderful things for you! Yay!

  • Sweet and Savory

    Congratulations!!! This is wonderful. I am in your same boat – just without the book deal yet. I am currently waiting to hear back from my agent, to see if she thinks my "cookbook idea" is a winner. I am trying to not get my hopes up…as I know we sometimes have to submit and submit before we get a deal. Wish me luck! Can't wait to buy yours!

  • Sweet and Savory

    Congratulations!!! This is wonderful. I am in your same boat – just without the book deal yet. I am currently waiting to hear back from my agent, to see if she thinks my "cookbook idea" is a winner. I am trying to not get my hopes up…as I know we sometimes have to submit and submit before we get a deal. Wish me luck! Can't wait to buy yours!

  • Artist Statement

    What a awesome opportunity! Your amazing girl! Congrats! Proof that you never know where life can take you. Imagine once you ate Peanut butter and jelly all through Mexico. I never imagined that you would become a successful cook! Congrats, again! -Mandy

  • Artist Statement

    What a awesome opportunity! Your amazing girl! Congrats! Proof that you never know where life can take you. Imagine once you ate Peanut butter and jelly all through Mexico. I never imagined that you would become a successful cook! Congrats, again! -Mandy

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch

    How exciting! A giant congratulations! Can't wait to see the site and the book, of course 🙂

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch

    How exciting! A giant congratulations! Can't wait to see the site and the book, of course 🙂

  • Amy

    Congratulations, Kelsey! Have fun and enjoy every minute of it!!

  • Amy

    Congratulations, Kelsey! Have fun and enjoy every minute of it!!

  • FoodontheTable

    This is wonderful news! I can't wait until it comes out – it will be great!

  • FoodontheTable

    This is wonderful news! I can't wait until it comes out – it will be great!

  • Dishin’ In The Kitchen

    Wonderful Wonderful! Congratulations! Cheers!

  • Dishin’ In The Kitchen

    Wonderful Wonderful! Congratulations! Cheers!

  • catchupdaphne

    I'm a new follower to your website and wanted to congratulate you on the book. Very well deserved, and I can't wait to see it.

  • catchupdaphne

    I'm a new follower to your website and wanted to congratulate you on the book. Very well deserved, and I can't wait to see it.

  • Orchard Cove Photography

    Woo hoo!!!! BIG congratulations to you!

  • Orchard Cove Photography

    Woo hoo!!!! BIG congratulations to you!

  • khull05

    How exciting! I'm brand new around here and love, love, love it! I will definitely pick up a book when they come out.

  • khull05

    How exciting! I'm brand new around here and love, love, love it! I will definitely pick up a book when they come out.

  • Kim

    Big, huge, giant CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • Kim

    Big, huge, giant CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • Liz the Chef

    The one day I didn't check my computer and was late to find your glorious news! So, so pleased for you – I'm already in line with my armful of books to be autographed! What a day-congratulations…thumbs up!!

  • Liz the Chef

    The one day I didn't check my computer and was late to find your glorious news! So, so pleased for you – I'm already in line with my armful of books to be autographed! What a day-congratulations…thumbs up!!

  • Kelsey

    Thank you all SO much for your awesome comments. Seriously! I am so honored and thrilled by your support. Now, off to start writing! 🙂

  • Kelsey

    Thank you all SO much for your awesome comments. Seriously! I am so honored and thrilled by your support. Now, off to start writing! 🙂

  • Jeanne

    Oh, wow! A very hearty congratulations to you!!

  • Jeanne

    Oh, wow! A very hearty congratulations to you!!

  • Peggy

    Fabulous news, Kelsey! And well deserved. Congratulations!!!

    Peggy

  • Peggy

    Fabulous news, Kelsey! And well deserved. Congratulations!!!Peggy

  • Megan Gordon

    YAHOO!!!Now you know I read your blog all the time but I rarely comment b/c Firefox is moody and doesn't let me (?!?!) But I pulled out all the stops today and switched to Safari to say a big Congratulations. This is huge and I'm so, so happy for you. But you already know that. I can't wait to see the process unfold…I love, love, love when true talent is recognized and that's obviously been the case with you. xoxoxoxo

  • Megan Gordon

    YAHOO!!!
    Now you know I read your blog all the time but I rarely comment b/c Firefox is moody and doesn't let me (?!?!) But I pulled out all the stops today and switched to Safari to say a big Congratulations. This is huge and I'm so, so happy for you. But you already know that. I can't wait to see the process unfold…I love, love, love when true talent is recognized and that's obviously been the case with you. xoxoxoxo

  • Kelsey B.

    @Jeanne @Peggy and @Megan, thanks so much for your kind words and support. I am thrilled and look forward to sharing a great great with you. And @Megan, you are too kind – I promise the new website will be MUCH easier for commenting! 🙂

  • Kelsey B.

    @Jeanne @Peggy and @Megan, thanks so much for your kind words and support. I am thrilled and look forward to sharing a great great with you. And @Megan, you are too kind – I promise the new website will be MUCH easier for commenting! 🙂

  • CookiePie

    YAY!!!!!! Congrats!!! Can't wait to buy it and start cooking your delicious recipes!!!

  • CookiePie

    YAY!!!!!! Congrats!!! Can't wait to buy it and start cooking your delicious recipes!!!

  • Cortney

    What great news, Kelsey! Congratulations!!

  • Cortney

    What great news, Kelsey! Congratulations!!

  • Jessica

    K,Great news, so happy for you!Jessica (Napp) McAnuff

  • Jessica

    K,

    Great news, so happy for you!
    Jessica (Napp) McAnuff

  • Fuji Mama

    WOOT! SO EXCITED! It's about time! LOL I cannot wait to get my hands on that book because I KNOW that it is going to be fantastic!

  • Fuji Mama

    WOOT! SO EXCITED! It's about time! LOL I cannot wait to get my hands on that book because I KNOW that it is going to be fantastic!

  • Kim P.

    I think I'll have a glass of champagne to celebrate with you! I always look forward to your recipes and cannot wait to get a copy of your book. Salud!

  • Kim P.

    I think I'll have a glass of champagne to celebrate with you! I always look forward to your recipes and cannot wait to get a copy of your book. Salud!

  • El

    Congrats! I can't wait to read it!!!!!

  • El

    Congrats! I can't wait to read it!!!!!

  • Sonya

    Awesome news-can't wait to buy it!

  • Sonya

    Awesome news-can't wait to buy it!

  • Carlie

    I am new to your blog but I just had to comment because this is exactly what I am! A naptime chef! My husband and I are foodies and I found that this was the ONLY way to keep up with eating food that wasn't from a box. I can't wait to read your book! What a great idea. Congrats!

  • Carlie

    I am new to your blog but I just had to comment because this is exactly what I am! A naptime chef! My husband and I are foodies and I found that this was the ONLY way to keep up with eating food that wasn't from a box. I can't wait to read your book! What a great idea. Congrats!

  • Patricia vanesshce

    wow, how exciting!
    hope you are well…and enjoying all the autumn riches!
    patricia
    pve design

    • Anonymous

      thanks Patricia!!

  • heidi

    omgosh… I can’t wait! You’ll have to let us know when we can preorder it. I might have to get one for a girlfriend of mine too. Your such an inspiration. Actually, I’ll let you in on a secret, My husband is actually eating more of a variety of food because of your videos and blog. Your so awesome!!!! Thank you so much.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Heidi! I am so glad you enjoy the blog and your husband is eating so well. 😉 I’ll let you know when the book is available for preorder!

  • Abbe Burt

    Great new Kelsey! Is that the actual cover of your cookbook?!! How exciting to see it in book form with pictures and everything. Can’t wait to hold the book in my hands. I am a 66 year old non-cook and use a lot of your recipes because they are usually simple to make as well as delicious. So thanks so much from someone without a naptime except for myself. Abbe

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  • ky4ensicgirl

    I really love your recipes and I like your sense of humor even more. But please, please, before I go get the book once it is in print (and oh, yes, I will definitely want a copy to display right up there with my Paula Deen, Joy of Cooking, Americas Most Wanted Recipes (stolen secret recipes from your favorite restaurants around the country…Chili’s, Applebees, CPK, P.F. Chang’s, etc). Don’t let your great style and wonderful knowledge of food and the brilliant names you’ve come up with be overshadowed by something silly like bad grammar. I don’t want to have to go beat up some critic for not being able to get past that…I’m in a wheelchair and it wouldn’t be a fair fight…I’d take him down so fast grammar would be the last thing on his mind! Keep it up…need encouragement? Ask for it…I have a feeling there are several people out there who know you can, we know you can, we know you can…sorry, taking care of your friend’s toddler a few hours a day while she studies tends to have an effect on your ability to communicate with adults!

    • Naptimechef

      Thanks for your nice comment. I have an editor for the book, a professional one! I am working on the grammar. Since I never had it in school (blame my public school system) it takes time to learn.

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  • Mylunchinparis

    Congratulations, Kelsey! As a writer, cook, and mother of 19-month old Augustin, I’m living the same high-wire act. Looking forward to your wit and wisdom.

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