Over the past year I have been working on a very special project. I have written my first cook book. After keeping it (mostly) under wraps for what feels like the longest time, I am over joyed to be able to share this news at last.

The book is finally nearly finished and soon to go to print. I had no idea that this journey, which had many bumps in the road, could have been so all consuming and all encompassing as its been. The fact that I chose to do most of the production slap bang in the middle of my busy food styling season and in the middle of a very hot summer did not make it any easier.

And yes I did all the production on it myself from concept to recipes, to the styling and photography. If you followed me on Twitter from October to March you would have heard me groaning under the weight of the pressure of it all. But unlike the journey of writing a food blog, which is often very lonely, the making of my book has been the opposite.

I have undertaken to publish it myself in collaboration with publishing consultants Schreiber Media and pulled in a fabulous small team of people to help.

I have received so much guidance along the way from various corners, from people I know and people I have never met, and for which I am am extremely grateful. The book is in essence an extension of Drizzle and Dip and consists of a collection of some of my favourite recipes from my site as well as new ones. I cant wait to take Drizzle and Dip into a new arena and onto paper.

My book is being marketed and distributed by Jacana Media and will be launched in July 2012.

So I look back on another summer on Drizzle and Dip and feel totally blessed to have had so many exciting food adventures. I look forward to everything that this winter holds.

Thank you for sharing this with me.


  1. Fabulous! So well deserved and a long time coming. I have no doubt that this will be a fantastic new chapter in your life. So proud of you!

  2. Sam

    Thanks for being such a good friend of Drizzle and Dip and for all the support right form the beginning. Valued and treasured. S xx

  3. Congratulations Sam! Very thrilled for you and very keen to see this as I know it will be awesome. No doubt about that and I wish you much success and happiness. Proud of you xx

  4. Hi Sam, just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog and am super excited about your cook book! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

  5. Sam

    Thanks Petra,I cant wait to see Drizzle and Dip on paper.

  6. Congratulations on the book, I can’t wait for it to be published. Your blog is amazing & I love reading it. So much inspiration. Thank you so much, Julia x

  7. That’s really exciting news! I am new to your blog after moving to CT recently and had a friend of yours recommend this to me and she was so right. Your book will no doubt be awesome!

  8. Marisa Smalberger

    Wow, well done! Drizzle and Dip is my no.1 blog and the news of your book in July is so exciting!

  9. Sam

    Thank you Marisa, lovely to know I have a book customer out there 🙂

  10. Hi Sam, I enjoy reading your blog & recipes (photos are always amazing) and congratulations on your soon to be launched cookbook. Will I be able to purchase your cookbook online from Australia? As an ex CT, loving the photos of CT and surrounds. Are these also in the cookbook?

  11. Sam

    Hi Gail and thank you. I will be able to advise details on the books international availability (probably via Kalahari.net) as I get closer to the launch. I have put up a ‘my book’ page on my site which will have all the updates on it. There will only be (and lots of) pictures of food.

  12. Hi Sam, just to say your blog is super inspiring. Am a relatively new follower & fan. (What took me so long?)
    Congrats on the new book – so exciting to see a local blogger getting published.
    X Ammy

  13. Sam

    Thanks for the kind words Ammy with 2 m’s (how unusual). It will be so interesting to see how it all translates into book sales. Watch this space. 🙂

  14. You’ve also got a customer in me!! Not to mention all those birthday gifts I’ll need to buy. Let us know as soon as you’re ready to launch!! Well done and us aspiring cooks love these things!

  15. HUGE congratulations !! So inspiring, thank you for that !

  16. Sam

    Hi Jun, Thanks so much. Your blog is one of the first I started I following when I started blogging 2.5 years ago. Thanks for all the inspiration. This certainly has been an incredible journey of discovery.
    Sam 🙂

  17. juana santos

    Felicidades!!! Me gusta mucho este sitio.

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