As you will have noticed, the three months since the launch of this blog have been more than a little surreal for me! What started off as a little creative side-project has grown at a totally unexpected rate, both in terms of visitor numbers and public profile.
One of the upshots of the success of the videos has been significant interest from publishers and agents. In the end, I opted to partner up in January with a superb literary agent called Clare Hulton and, with her help, I am really proud and excited to announce that I am signing a book deal with Hodder & Stoughton. I could not be happier with the final choice of publisher. Hodder are a brilliant and prestigious house (Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, John Le Carré) and I am really looking forward to producing my first book with the team there.
It will be very much along the lines of the blog – 100% a cook book, with 100 recipes for all the family, all written by myself. It will be nearly all brand new content but I will probably sneak a select few of my most popular dishes from the blog into it too!
Publication is scheduled for March 2011 and I will of course keep you all updated on its progress between now and then.
The blog remains as important as ever to me and will totally unaffected by the book deal. That means loads more recipes, videos and mishaps over the coming months!
Above all, I would like to thank you all for continuing to come to my blog and for all the wonderful support and encouragement you send me via your comments, your emails, Twitter and Facebook. It is this feedback and interaction which really makes all the hours spent producing the videos worthwhile!