I very much appreciate all of your comments and am really happy about having the opportunity to answer some of these questions directly.
First off though, I want to let you all know that writing the book was a fabulous experience this past summer which my entire family enjoyed. It's amazing to me that my boys, now aged 10 ½ and 12 are old enough to truly participate in my work projects, whether it's pre-testing a recipe, or selecting and reviewing recipes that they deem as book-worthy. And my husband? He is the best, most honest taste tester in the world –my world, at least.
Although I can be a bit of a lone wolf, and like to work by myself, I feel blessed to work with my children and hubby and evolve into more and more of a team member. For me, that's really what family life has taught me and it's been a long and interesting experience of personal growth, that I feel more than lucky to have.
Chaviva asked two great questions:
“Do they require loads of complicated flour mixtures?”
“After having made some (what I consider) unsuccessful red velvet (minus the red) cupcakes over the weekend … I could really use an uplifting cupcake recipe!”
The answer to your second question is yes, there is a recipe for red velvet cupcakes in this book.
“I have a vegan friend who's been unimpressed with the gluten free cupcakes she's tried so far. This book might change her mind.”
Thanks, Janet. I have a very versatile vegan chocolate cupcake in the book that can be mixed and matched with the vegan frostings that the book contains. I'm excited about the numerous vegan frostings that I've created for Gluten-Free Cupcakes and hope your friend will be too!
“Look forward to a book on savory foods in the future.”
Karen, thanks for that suggestion, I really appreciate it. Just wanted to mention that Gluten-Free Cupcakes will have a section in it with savory muffin recipes, which will work very well for breakfast, snacks and hors de'oeuvres.
My favorite comment was this one from Aria:
My name is Aria and I'm nine. My favorite recipe is pumpkin pie muffins. They are good! I would love your new cookbook. Please enter me in the contest.
What can I say to that, other than I love nine year olds who cook! Thanks Aria.
In other news, I'll be attending Blogher in San Francisco today and tomorrow (October 8th and 9th), where I'll also be a speaker. If you are at the conference I would love to meet you. On Saturday morning, I'll be moderating a discussion on the ins and outs of recipe writing. I hope to see you at my panel (which includes Gaby from WhatsGabyCooking.com and Jennie from InJenniesKitchen.com) for what I foresee as a potentially lively discussion!
Finally, remember, voting is still on for the Pacific Foods Everyday Chef Challenge. I'm in the final round, so if you have a minute, head on over there and vote for the only gluten free blogger.