my book is printed and about to be shipped

And with a little bit of a drum roll… is the cover of my book!

Its hard to contain the excitement I’m feeling at the moment as I brace myself to see my printed and bound book this week.

I saw a printed unbound copy last week and was thrilled with how Drizzle and Dip looks in print. Being so used to seeing my work in a digital environment on a screen, its truly wonderous to see how my images and recipes look in ink and absorbed onto beautiful matt paper.

150g mattart, threadsewn in sections with cover flaps folded down, drawn on & trim flush to size – wouldn’t have meant much too me a few months ago, but now that I have been through the process of writing, producing and publishing my first book, these are indeed meaningful and exciting words.

Drizzle and Dip consists of a mix of recipes with varied and diverse flavours and cross-cultural culinary inspiration. Divided into three chapters – “Morning”, “Noon” and “Night”, each section of the book focuses on recipes recommended for enjoyment during a specific time of day, also taking into account the preparation time available to the busy home-cook during his or her hectic daily schedule.

This is such a great time to be a foodie, as food culture is now truly global and influences in my book range from Mexican, American, Italian, British, Mediterranean and the Far East.Through TV and the internet, the world is one kitchen. 

My book is a general cookbook but my deep love for baking sneaks through,and Drizzle & Dip includes a few of my all-time favourite recipes. It has a modern, informal and light look which reflects my approach to food – quirky, pretty, fun, creative and simple. Having been involved with all aspects of the process from developing and writing each recipe,to cooking, styling then photographing them, I have presented them exactly as I want my readers to experience them.

Drizzle & Dip will (if all goes according to plan and the ship doesn’t land on Clifton), be available in all major book retailers around mid-July.

Here is a pic of me from my book, taken by the amazing Micky Hoyle.

49 Responses to my book is printed and about to be shipped

  1. Leanne June 19, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Ooooh, yay, yay, yay!!! Looks great!!!

    Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy 😀

  2. Lisa Cunningham June 19, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Yay Sam, I know what book I’ll be buying mid-July!
    Well done and can’t wait to see your book!

  3. Colleen June 19, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Oh YESSSS!!! It is beautiful just as I expected it to be. And I know the inside will not disappoint either 😉 Congratulations. What a moment to see it in print. You must be overcome with so many emotions right now. I can only imagine…..xx

  4. nina June 19, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Oh Sam, I wish you everything of the best for this new journey of being a full-on author. Well done my friend, you are truly an inspiration!!

  5. Kim June 19, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    YAY! Sam, this is so exciting. Congrats… I can’t wait to have it join my shelf!!

  6. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you Lisa – I do hope you love it

  7. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Thanks Leanne :-)

  8. Nic - EL Burro June 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Congrats Sam!

    So amazing to have a person in the industry with such huge passion and flare! Your energy is so great to be around. You deserve all the success you have and still coming your way.

    We’ll certainly be one of the first to get a copy. Let us know where to buy.

    Big love from the donkey team

  9. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks Nic for the very kind words :-). Book will hopefully be all over.

  10. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you Colleen, it is indeed a very exhilarating time for me, hard to articulate. Also a bit frightening, but I believe that we should all do a few things in life that frighten us. Its the way we step out of our comfort zones to grow.
    S xx

  11. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks Nina for the kind words of support, it means a lot. S xx

  12. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Thanks Kimmy, I would be so honoured to be on your shelf. S x

  13. Kate June 19, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    How absolutely wonderful for you. I can imagine your excitement. At some point I would love to chat with you about the process of putting your own book together as I am currently plodding away at my own.
    I wish you all the best with your new book.
    Kind thoughts

  14. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Oh and Nic I forgot to mention that I have a recipe for beer battered fish tacos (with pickled red onions)in my book. Now I wonder where I got the inspiration for that :-). As you know I am a very big fan of Mexican food and your restaurant in particular. S

  15. Sam June 19, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks Kate and sure – you can make contact with me anytime on slinsell (at) gmail (dot) com.

  16. Caylee June 19, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Oh Sam, I can’t wait to get this in my kitchen.

  17. Tailsofamermaid June 19, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    That is SO exciting Sam! HUGE congratulations. In this day and age, books are rare and special things. Can’t wait to see it x

  18. Sam June 19, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Thanks Caylee – I will be so proud for it to be there. S x

  19. Salomé June 19, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Really looking forward to finding this and taking it home with me! Congratulations Sam! You must be over the moon!!! I wish you all the best.

  20. Sam June 19, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks Natalie that is super sweet of you :-)

  21. Shan June 19, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    It look great! Congratulations :)

  22. Shân June 19, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    That should have an “s” in it…
    It looks great! Congratulations :)

  23. Sam June 19, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Thanks Shan – exciting times

  24. Sam June 19, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks Salome (sorry don’t know how to put the dash on the e) – yes I am very excited, also a little bit afraid.

  25. texo June 19, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Congratulations, it looks amazing, Sam! We’ll definitely be adding this to our kitchen bookshelf! Are you planning any book signings? Would love to finally meet you and get your “Jane Hancock” on my copy.

  26. Jane-Anne Hobbs June 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Congrats Sam! So pleased for you. The cover is beautiful and so is the picture of you! Well done my friend!

  27. Sam June 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks so much Jane- Anne! Micky can make anyone look good 😉

  28. Sam June 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks Steve and yes you are most definitely on the list to come to my launch celebration / book signing thingy I will be planning for the end of July. I will be forever grateful for the amazing service and support you offer me with my site.

  29. Ilse van der Merwe - The Food Fox June 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Congratulations Sam!!! What a fabulous achievement!!! Cannot wait to see what this book will look like from the inside – I’m such a fan of your work.
    Well done! xxxxx

  30. Anne Stuart June 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Oh Sam, that is great. May it fly off the shelves. I shall be delighted to boast that you are my goddaughter!

  31. Sam June 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks Anne and so lovely to hear from you xx

  32. Sam June 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks Ilse that is very kind of you and I will be able to show you this week end as I just heard that 10 copies of my book arrive tomorrow.

  33. Megan @ Weddings and Workouts June 20, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Congratulations! I love the cover. Now tell me, will it be available in Australia?

  34. Jules June 20, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Sam, how fabulous. Love the pic too. Please keep me 2 copies!
    J xx

  35. Alida Ryder June 20, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Oh Sam, it is BEAUTIFUL! Well done my friend. Can’t wait to see the actual book this weekend!! :)

  36. Sam June 20, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks Ally, I look forward to showing you on the week end. It arrives today. x

  37. Sam June 20, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Hi Jules and I will most definitely keep you 2 copies for when you are next here. I am establishing ways in which the book will be available internationally. S x

  38. Sam June 20, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Hi Megan and thank you very much. The book will be available via one or more online retailers and I will advise as soon as I have more information on that. Many thanks!

  39. Kristy June 20, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Well done Sam! Love the cover –beautiful photo. Can’t wait to get a copy, it’s going to be such a special book x

  40. Sam June 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks Kristy :-)

  41. Jay June 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Oh please do provide a link to pre-order the book (or if you have a link – point me to it)

    And, will it be available on Amazon ?


  42. Sam June 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi Jay – thanks so much – I am busy finalizing all the international sales side of things and will keep you posted.

  43. Live to Eat June 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Hey Sam. Can’t believe I’m only reading this post now. I can’t wait to see your book on the shelves. Well done! xx B

  44. Sam June 25, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Thanks Bern and I cant wait to see yours. S

  45. Zirkie July 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    You are going to make a fortune with this book, Sam, because your photos and styling is really the best! When and where will I be able to buy it?

  46. Sam July 2, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Thank you so much Zirkie for the kind words, I cant wait for the book to get here.

  47. Sam July 2, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Oh and Zirkie, the book will be available in Exclusives and various online stores, but I will keep you posted. Thank you

  48. Craig July 4, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Congraulations, Sam. I’ll be on the lookout for it in the book stores.

  49. Sam July 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Craig and thank you (most kind and appreciated) – I do hope you enjoy it.

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