There are many stages to writing a book. Proposals and contracts come way before any thoughts get put down on paper. And then there is the research. Writing of course takes the most time, and if you’re also the photographer (which I am) there is that too. And editing. There is LOTS (too much?) of that. But one of the most exciting stages is always, at least for me, when I first see the cover design.
Even though this is my 8th book, I still get giddy when I see my name paired with the title. It somehow makes it all very real. And while I have lots of control over the content of the book itself, when it comes to design – both of the cover and the inside pages – it is a collaborative effort where everyone has a say. From the editor to the marketing team to the designer, everyone wants to encapsulate the entire contents of what is basically a lifetime’s work onto one page. Not easy. Which is why I’m so very lucky to have such a talented group of people (with infinite patience) working with me at St. Martins
So it is with great pleasure that I share the cover of my new book: Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, anywhere, then you won’t be so surprised by the main element: an artichoke!
Remember when I said there were many stages? Well, while I do have the cover, and the book is actually for pre-sale now here, you won’t be able to read it until it is published on May 22. I know, I know, that’s SIX months away. But there is all sorts of printing/publishing stuff that needs to get done between now and then.
As we get closer to the date I’ll be sharing much more information about the book: producers I met, recipes I learned. I’ve also shot lots of video along the way which I’ll be turning into little films.
But for now, even though it’s WAY early, I was too excited not to share this cover with you. I hope you like it!!
PS: I also had new author photos taken by the talented Susan Wright. Here are is one that seems on brand!