Tuesday, 1 November 2011

kitchen coquette by katrina meynink + cookbook giveaway!






Books make my world go round. They wake me up, inspire me during the day, and ease me into sleep at night-time. I was recently asked what was my most treasured possession, and I had to answer: my books. They're the only objects that have made every one of my many home moves.

I have featured a selection of books on Daily Imprint over the years. Just check out this link here. But I am also interested to know about what goes into creating them. So I've set about asking the authors of some that have crossed my path recently.

The first is Kitchen Coquette by food writer and stylist Katrina Meynink. It is subtitled: The go-to guide for those random life scenarios when food is the only answer. It has clever sections such as "What the f*$k should we cook for dinner?" and meal suggestions for "Bring a plate" and "Love and other bruises". It's for people - like me - who get emotional about food.

To kickstart this new series of interviews on Daily Imprint Katrina is very generously giving away three copies of Kitchen Coquette.

For a chance to win a copy, visit Katrina's website The Little Crumb and leave a comment below. Three winners will be chosen at random after comments close at midnight on Tuesday 8 November. Competition open to Australian residents only.

[Congratulations to the winners below - please contact me with your postal address details.
#4 Nat @ Dear Little House
#21 Ree
#29 Di]

And, finally, here is more about Katrina and the journey of her book:

How did you arrive at the concept for the book?

I had been wanting to write a cookbook for some time but the moment the seed of an idea was really first planted was a conversation I had with a very dear friend of mine regarding food for a certain situation – she was meeting her partner's ex-wife for the first time. An awkward moment. And that’s when it dawned on me – it has to be a book about cooking as it applies to life, real life. I wanted to capture all the funny, sad and gloriously politically incorrect moments of life, all the while providing a dish that suits.


What was involved in the creation process?

After I had decided what situations to include in the book, it was a case of writing about them, grouping them and then developing the menus or dishes that seemed to suit the occasions. I then went into recipe testing overdrive while working with Allen & Unwin editors on recipe editing and turning the manuscript into a manageable beast! I was also approaching photographers I liked to see if they would be interested in shooting for the book. I have ended up working (and conspiring) with photographers from all corners of the globe, which has been a fun and rewarding experience.


How long did it take to come together – from concept to first copy?

I’ve been working on the book for about three and a half years. For the first year or so it was more of a creative outlet while working and studying full time, then after living in New York, I decided to come home and dedicate myself to the project full time. It then took about six months, almost seven days a week, to complete the manuscript. The editing, photography and design process probably then took an additional four months before we finally hit print.


How did you envisage the look of the book?

I wanted a book design that reflected the content – something fun, approachable and honest. I was conscious of not creating that rustic look-feel with oversized white plates and heirloom tomatoes, which I think was achieved in the overall design and situation driven feel of each chapter. The book is a great combination of illustration, vintage prints and photography. The collaboration with different photographers for the project and their individual visual style helps add to that relaxed bon vivant feel to the book.


What was unexpected about the whole experience?

How much fun I had! For so long you are on your own, writing, testing recipes and editing, then all of a sudden the baby steps snowball and you get the opportunity to meet and work with fantastic creatives who care about your ‘baby’ just as much as you do and turn it into something greater than you let yourself ever imagine.


images courtesy of katrina meynink and allen & unwin

35 comments:

Nat said...

Wow. That cookbook is amazing. And her blog is cool too... The stoners ice-cream!!!

AnastasiaC said...

i agree! books mean SO much to me and I have a whole section devoted to my cookbooks as well! id love a chance to win...sounds like a FAB book!! taking time out to cook for me and my family is something I appreciate in this busy life!

Maggie said...

If I had the ability to create my own cook book it would be this one. However, as I lack the creativity to build my own cook book, I would use kitchen coquette to fill the gap.

Nat @ dear little house said...

What an amazing concept for a book, and such an inspirational author!

leah said...

I'd love to win this book. It looks lovely xxx

E.White said...

Sounds like a great experience. I've read a few articles you've written, and can't wait to check out the book- love your irreverent style!

chiara said...

Such a beautiful book, made with a lot of passion!

Gabrielle said...

"I just love cooking and rude words"! Enough said - I can't WAIT for this book!!

Rachel said...

Great interview and I love the idea behind the book. Katrina's website is so well done. I love her 'keep-it-real' approach.

journey said...

What yummy book - would make a lovely xmas gift for my foodie sis...

sarahhowcroft said...

I love that someone has finally given recipes for all those annoying invitations.. like "bring a plate". Such a great idea, and by the looks of it an excellent christmas gift idea. Such a beautiful recipe book for us budding home chefs. Thanks Katrina!

Beth said...

Wow! The photography in the book and on Katrina's website are just beautiful. What a stunning book - congratulations on such a lovely cookbook & how lucky would I feel if I was to win one :) Natalie, thank you for always brining such amazing people to our attention!

Adele said...

This cookbook sounds truly unique & heaps of fun. A great gift idea. Love the idea for some stickies to tag my faves :)

vicki laurie said...

thankyou for the chance to win this stunning book and thankyou for the little crumb webpage

Amy said...

I mark my major life milestones by the food I ate to commemorate it - the feast at Deux Magots in Paris after we got engaged, the quattro formaggi pizza in Rome we shared with our friends in the sunshine on our first visit to Italy, the vegetarian lasagne I demand for my birthday every year.
Food is my fun, sexy and comforting companion through life and cookbooks that celebrate that journey belong on my shelf. Beautiful pictures, hand drawn illustrations and the author owning the perfect woven bag make it essential. Fabulous!

Di (aka Di-licious) said...

I first came across Katrina when I was starting my baking blog and hunting out other Australian food bloggers. I was instantly blown away by her photos and the charming way she writes her recipes. I've loved seeing the sneak previews of her book and am a little bit in love with the cover design. So it goes without saying that I'd love to win a copy of her book.

msfrisbee said...

What a fabulous idea for a cookbook. I love the idea of recipes to suit "bring a plate". I would certainly use that chapter frequently!

Essy said...

Have been looking at the blog stuff on Little Crumb, but my posts are bouncing back?
Computers drive me mental!
Love the graphics and design style.
Full marks for some really good food too. My other half and sonare the cooks with flair - so here's hoping.............

ChristineD said...

What a very clever and delicious idea for a cookbook. I would love to give this to my little sis!

Kylie said...

I've been subscribing to Katrina's blog for a while and it is fabulous! I'd love a copy of the book!

Ree said...

I can so completely relate to the "What the f*$k should we cook for dinner". Oh the daily grind of trying to decide what to eat. This book might be the inspiration I need.

terri said...

Wonderful book and great website!

ninjamoeba said...

Would love a copy of this fantastic, charming cookbook.

claire said...

Oh I soo want to win this book. It looks amazing x

Amanda said...

Why haven't I seen her blog before - love it. And I always love a good cookbook.

Katrina C said...

Talk about a must have! I love having folk over for 'occasion dining', but can be a bit overwhelmed by all the recipe/decorating choices available. Would love to have Katrina narrow down the decision making and challenge me at the same time. And she has a great name too...

Jennifer said...

Looks great! I met my ex-boyfriends ex-wife over dinner once- yes it was a very awkward moment but after the entrees we were all good friends! Here's to food saving us all from awkward.

skaif said...

Torture sitting here at work! Cannot order anything up form the cafe below to satisfy current cravings, they are sooo daggy in comparison to the food showcased here.

Rainy day in Sydney doesn't help, would rather be cooking.

Di said...

What a fantastic cookbook! So unique. I'd love to win so I can have a closer look at it :)
djchilds at hot mail (dot) com

Shelley Panton said...

Lovely to read about Katrina's new book, thanks for sharing. I love her story about where the idea came from ..

Jasmine1485 said...

Ooh, what gorgeous photography! :) I love it when I can enjoy the cookbook as much as the food I produce from the recipes. I also like how it's situation based, it certainly cuts down on the panic when something is sprung on you. Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

kate1485 at hotmail.com

gchilman@internode.on.net said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win Kitchen Coquette - I so enjoy cook books - all books!
gay

natee said...

As a cookbook collector I have to say this is one of the best cookbooks I have seen...so original and I NEED to have it!!!!:-)

Lauren said...

Looks like a cool cook, and she seems really quirky and funny. Nice website too!

Fox and Beau said...

Yum! This food look decadent!

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