What's it like to write a cookbook? I've written three, so I get asked this a lot. My friends have made me laugh at times with the perceptions they have about writing cookbooks. It looks so glamorous! (It's not.) Now you're famous! (Errr, no.) Can you quit your day job now? (Ha, no.)
Perhaps the biggest misconception, however, about cookbooks is that they are always executed by people who know what they are doing from beginning to end. To the contrary, every time I've written a cookbook it has taught me something new about cooking. Here are some of the things I've learned along the way, plus even more learning moments from friends and Kitchn contributors who have also given us delicious and hard-won cookbooks.