If you’ve not heard, I’m doing a new thing. Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni, a bi-coastal virtual cook-along, and it is the most fun ever.
This doesn’t mean I’m exchanging one thing for another. It means I’ll be working on Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni at the same time I’m bringing you tutorials and recipes here on Pastry Chef Online. In case you were worried at all.
Let me tell you how Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni got started.
We had big fun at the conference, and Denise gave a great workshop on food styling, and then we each returned home. We kept in touch on facebook, as folks do, and then one of our mutual friends, Nancie McDermott, sent both of us copies of her latest book, Southern Soups & Stews. I received my copy and a couple of days later, since she lives far from North Carolina in California, Denise received hers and posted a photo of it to facebook. I saw it and commented, “Hey, we should cook together!” Denise gave the spur of the moment idea a name, and Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni grew from there.
And of course our logo was inspired by our “Minion Divided” photo from Food & Wine last year! The very talented and awesome Charissa from Triple Latte Design, who also did all the theme modifications for Pastry Chef Online, made it happen!
The idea is simple, at least with the technology available to us today. And with Chef Dennis‘s help–he always knows about the latest technology! We invite cookbook authors to cook with us in our kitchens and stream the event live, inviting folks to cook along with us and pop into the live stream to say howdy, ask questions, or show us how their dish is coming along. For the “episode,” Nancie came to my house and cooked with me in my kitchen while Denise, who lives in Los Angeles, sneakily invited one of Nancie’s dearest friends and fellow cookbook author Jill O’Connor to come up from San Diego to cook with her. Not only did we surprise the socks off of Nancie, we all got to enjoy a fantastic meal of Sheri Castle‘s Watauga County Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings! We had folks join us from all over the US, Europe and Australia to cook along with us, and during the livestream on blab.im, we had folks popping in and out during the 90 minutes we were live with a peak of 157 viewers at once. That’s pretty huge, considering how short our attention spans have become. We also gave away three signed and personalized copies of Southern Soups & Stews to three folks who cooked along with us. Yay!
Here’s the highlight reel from our first show:
We skipped a December show since the holidays are so busy, but we are ready to cook again this Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4pmET/1pmPT. Our guest this month is Kathy Hester, author of the blog Healthy Slow Cooking and several best selling vegan cookbooks, and I’m thrilled she’ll be joining me in my kitchen to cook two recipes from her latest, The Easy Vegan Cookbook.
Denise and I welcome your interest and your participation. Find Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni here:
- Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni Website
- facebook group (join and then sign up for the monthly events)
- Our first show with Nancie McDermott from November 7, 2015
- blab URL for our upcoming livestream with Kathy Hester
You’ll need to sign up for a blab account if you want to cook live with us or interact with us in real time during livestream. This is really easy to do, especially if you have a twitter account. If you don’t want to sign up for an account, you can still watch on blab as we cook, but you won’t be able to interact with us. And if you miss a show, each one is archived on blab forever. Yay!
If you attended or watched the playback of our first Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni in November, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Let me know in the comments!
Thanks so much for reading. Hope to see you in the Cook the Book group!
Take care, and have a lovely day.