Announcement (No, I’m Not Pregnant)

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    Most days now, my kitchen looks like that above but usually way worse; especially the sink. I kind of saved you from an anxiety attack by posting a photo of what my kitchen looks like on a good day. You probably think the above photo is nothing. Yeah, I guess it could be way worse. There’s three dishes being cooked in that photo. Promise!

    See that pink thermos on the right? Yeah, COFFEE is my life line these days. Oh and that bottle of wine in the back? More ends up in my bloodstream than in the recipes. Just kidding! :)

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    Photography is stressful these days, too, depending on the time of day and when everything gets finished, plated, styled, etc.

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    I guess I’ll spare you and just cut to the chase.

    I’m writing a cookbook! Yes! A COOKBOOK. Like a book that you can sit on your coffee table (actually, no, I don’t want it to sit there – I want you to dirty the heck out of it in your KITCHEN). A book that you can physically touch and flip through and use a billion times over cause the recipes are just that amazing (in my humble opinion, haha)….ahhhhhhh! I can’t believe my dreams are coming true! This is one thing that’s been on my bucket list ever since I started this blog!

    Here are the details:

    • It’s called Dinner for Two. YES. You read that right. It’s gonna be dinner recipes tailored down for two servings. Many, many of you have asked me about this before and why I only sometimes cook for two if the title of my blog is ‘Table for Two’ (the FAQs explains the blog name) and well, now you’re getting an ENTIRE BOOK on recipes for two but easily doubled or tripled for more, if need be! It’s definitely going to be an extension of my blog and my cooking philosophy: quick, easy, and full of flavor. Most of the recipes in the book (like 80%) you can throw together in 30 minutes or less after a long work day because the ingredients are most of what you already have in your pantry. I don’t do anything super fancy. Like I said, this is as real as it gets because I’m right there with you when it comes to coming home after long work day and having to put together a home-cooked meal.
    • There’s going to be slow cooker recipes, comfort recipes, international recipes, traditional/classic recipes, soups, salads, and breakfast for dinner recipes. Are you as pumped as I am about this?!
    • It’s being published by Countryman Press a division of W.W. Norton.
    • My manuscript is due February 2015.
    • Release date is November 2015.
    • There will be 70 recipes in the book. 90% will be brand new and 10% (so, just seven) will be from the blog but tweaked for two.
    • Each recipe will have a photo accompanied with it (that I personally shoot!!). I was very adamant about this because I hate when a recipe in a cookbook doesn’t have a photo; how are you supposed to know what the dish is supposed to look like?!
    • You’ll be able to pre-order the book on Amazon in March!

    So yeah. There you go! That’s my big news! Things are definitely really crazy around here, especially on weekends. I still work full-time at my web development job M-F and then on weekends it’s recipe development all day and then somehow, I fit in time to develop recipes for the blog to. As you can imagine, my life is a crazy kind of hectic and awesome right now.

    recipes-wall(This is where I hang all my completed recipes – I have about 22 more to go!)

    This leads me to the next thing. You might see blog content dwindle down a bit these last couple months of the year. I tried to keep the momentum going but honestly, working on this cookbook and developing recipes for it has really taken a lot of my creative juices out and sometimes, just thinking of blog content makes me wince. I’m not totally going away; I’m just giving you warning that there might only be one new recipe a week or some weeks none at all and just a quick Beyond the Table update. Regardless, I hope you’re just as excited about this as I am!

    OH!! One final thing. You can keep up with all cookbook-related news with a new tab at the top of the page. Between ‘Home’ and ‘About’ I now have a ‘COOKBOOK’ tab where it’ll take you to all posts related to the cookbook :) I can’t wait to share the cover with you guys!

    Thank you all for supporting me and this blog and giving me the opportunity to make my dreams come true!! xoxoxoxo

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  • Judy D. says:

    Hi Julie… Congratulations on your new endeavor. I can just imagine the thrill you will have of seeing something you wrote on bookshelves! I love your blog and have made so many of your recipes already. I’m looking forward to having your cookbook. November 2015 can’t come soon enough. :-)

    It’s totally understandable for your blog to take a little bit of a ‘back seat’ while you’re creating and writing for the cookbook. We’ll miss you…but understand.

    Best regards,
    Judy

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you so much for your kind words Judy!! Can’t wait for you to get this next year :)

  • Holly H. says:

    So excited for you! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Congratulations!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Holly!!

  • Angela b says:

    Congrats! That’s huge news. Your recipes are already staples of my little family of two’s meals, so I can’t wait to see what the cookbook contains.

    • Julie says:

      Oh wow, that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you!

  • Cheryl Odland says:

    Julie, I can’t wait for your cookbook to be completed. I will need 4 copies! I have no clue how to cook for 2 people. I always cook like I am feeding a crowd, which I am not. So your book will be so helpful. I’m very excited for you!!
    Cheryl

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you!! :)

  • Mandy says:

    Congratulations on this huge accomplishment Julie! I’m thrilled to have a cookbook with pictures of what it’s supposed to look like when complete! That REALLY helps when you’ve never made a dish before! I personally always cook for more than 2 but the simplicity of doubling the recipe is easy enough for me! I’ll look forward to ordering my copy! I’m a cookbook “collector”…hahaha!

    • Julie says:

      I agree! I love seeing what I’ll be making so I can make sure it’s supposed to look like that! Thank you!!

  • Candice says:

    Hi Julie! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! When I initially saw the email newsletter in my box, I thought you were preggo.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you! :) :)

  • Jenn Every says:

    When I first read the e-mail, An exciting announcement…The first thing I thought of was, she’s pregnant!! ha ha. Congratulations and I can’t wait to add your book to my collection! :) :)

    • Julie says:

      Haha, thank you!! :)

  • Julie @ HostessAtHeart says:

    Very exciting! That is great news.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is so exciting :) I can’t wait to see the final outcome. The recipes and photos are going to be gorgeous, I just know it! :)

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you so much :)

  • Kris says:

    Awesome…looking forward to it:)

    • Julie says:

      Yay! So glad!

  • Erika S. says:

    Congrats…how exciting! I’m in NoVA & live alone so it’s super hard to cook w/o having a ton of leftovers. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much!

  • RossC says:

    I am certainly interested in a cook book concentrating on cooking for two.. We are a senior couple and enjoy the recipes, of yours, which we have tried so far. I wish you well in this endeavor and pleasantly anticipate the release of your cook book..

    • Julie says:

      Wonderful! Thank you so much :) I can’t wait for you to get it!

  • April says:

    So excited for you! I can’t wait to get your cookbook!!!

    • Julie says:

      Yay thank you! :)

  • Sue Peart says:

    Hi Julie. I live in Australia and I love your blog and especially your recipes. Congratulations on the recipe book it really is a great idea but you really made me smile at the title. Google Dinner For Two and you will see the funniest Christmas Video ever. I still think though your title and concept for this recipe book is perfect. Good luck with your new venture.

    • Sue Peart says:

      Whoops, I made a mistake, sorry that video is actually called Dinner for one, but you still made me smile remembering it.

    • Julie says:

      Haha, I’ll have to check out that video!! Thanks so much!

  • Christine Bright says:

    Julie, that is just wonderful news for you and for me too…!! I have three in my family but I only have 1/4 sized stomach so recipes for two usually do the trick for us. I will bookmark the cookbook tab and keep track of your progress. You Go Girl. I love to see great things happen to good people. Cheers Christine

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you Christine. That means so much to me!!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    So proud of you, lady!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!! xo

    • Julie says:

      Thanks girl!!

  • Sarah says:

    Julie-
    I found your blog last week and have been so excited reading all of your entries. I live with my boyfriend and have been searching for ways to pare down our portions, because I ALWAYS make too much :)

    I was a professional chef, but now stay home to take care of the house, and I just wanted you to know how excited I am that you are coming out with a cookbook. I will definitely be preordering!

    P.S. Your Korean tacos are in my slow cooker now. Thank you so much for your delicious recipes :) And good luck!

    • Julie says:

      Ahh this makes me so happy to hear! Thank you!! I hope you enjoy those tacos! :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    I am SO, SO, So excited for you Julie!! I can’t wait to devour every delicious bite of your book!!!

    • Julie says:

      :) :) thanks so much Heather!!!

  • Erin M. says:

    Congratulations!! How exciting!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!!

  • Bobbi says:

    Congratulations!!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much!!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    congratulations!! can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds says:

    That is SOOOOO awesome! I can’t wait to read it and cook from it. Congratulations!!!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU! I can’t wait to see it! Congratulations Julie!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks girl!!!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    such exciting news Julie!!!! My family of six will need to make adaptations, but that’s no biggie to me! Plus, date night in just got easier :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Aimee!!

  • Kelly says:

    Congrats! That’s such exciting news!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Gaby says:

    Congratulations! How exciting!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks girl ;) xoxo

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    OHEMGEEE, congrats Julie!! I don’t know how you do it all but you do it all well. I can’t wait to see the finished book, yay!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Stephanie!!!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    So happy for you Julie!! Can’t wait to read it!! Congrats to you!!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Alice!!

  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Congratulations!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Catalina!

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

    Congratulations Julie!!!! I’m so excited for you!! I can not wait to get this cookbook!! I love all of your recipes and also think its awesome you are going to have a photo that you shot with each recipe in your cookbook!

    • Julie says:

      Ahh thanks so much Stephanie!

  • Francesca says:

    Big congrats lady! Years of hardwork + photography come together in paperback. You must be thrilled :D

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!! :) I am beyond thrilled!!

  • Kathryn says:

    Belated congratulations Julie! I’m so excited for this book and just thrilled beyond words that all your hard work here has paid off!

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you so much Kathryn!!!

  • Jean-Paul says:

    Hi Julie, it’s the first time I post something to the culinary blogs I follow, but this is really exciting news! I usually check on the blog from time to time to find some nice (and easy!) recipes to cook for my wife and would love getting my hands on that cookbook. Never ordered books from Amazon, but if they ship CDs, books shouldn’t be an issue to ship to Mauritius I presume!

    • Julie says:

      I’m not sure about international shipping with Amazon – I think you have to have it in your country for it to be shipped to you unless you have a DPO/APO address. I think the book might be electronic, too, so you could always download it :) I’m thrilled to hear you’re excited about this! Thank you!

  • Karlynn | The Kitchen Magpie says:

    Congrats!!! What an amazing feeling to see your blog pay off in this way!! I can’t wait to see it!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks girl!!

  • Ruby Miller says:

    I don’t know if anyone has told you this or not, but really are getting ready to give birth! I’m almost seventy years old and I KNOW. Tell me you haven’t fussed over the due date, the name, what people will think and say and a hundred other details. My sweet George(83) and I need this little one in our lives. I will be praying for you.

    • Julie says:

      Haha, it kind of is totally like having a baby now that you put it that way! Thanks so much <3

  • Kamila says:

    I just found your blog today and I’m already in love!!! Really excited about this cookbook and I will definitely be on the lookout for it next year :) Congrats! Everything looks amazing!

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you found my blog :) and thank you so much for your kind words!! xoxo

  • Erin says:

    So I want you to know how awesome this is! I am constantly trying to figure out how to cook for just two people. It is definitely a challenge.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Erin :) can’t wait for you to get it!

  • Diane says:

    Just found your blog today and made the Oreo Cheesecake Bars, bliss! Congrats on the cookbook deal and I can’t wait to get it as I am someone who always cooks for two! :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Diane! Glad you found me!

  • Liz T says:

    I cannot wait until your cookbook comes out!! I found your blog a couple months ago and your Instagram and ever since I have been showing people all your stuff and saying, I think we are twins or at least we have the same tastebuds and the same obsessions! Congrats on this awesome next step!!!

    • Julie says:

      Aww thanks so much Liz! I’m so glad you found me :)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Julie! I am over-the-moon excited for you about your cookbook deal, the cookbook itself and all the excitement that is coming your way in the New Year! I’m ecstatic to know you are shooting your own cookbook photos as well. BRAVO, girl! I just know your cookbook will be a success! xo P.S. And, oh yes…I will be preordering in March! :)

    • Julie says:

      Stacy, thank you so so much for your support <3 <3

  • Kristell says:

    November 2015! I don’t want to wait that long! I want to eat more amazing things now :) I’m so excited for your cookbook.

    • Julie says:

      Haha, I know!! It’s forever away but I have a feeling it’ll sneak right up on us! Thanks Kristell :)

  • Stephanie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can’t wait to preorder this!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks friend!!

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