The process of writing a cookbook is far from what I ever imagined. By all means it is unlike anything else I have ever written before. It is a totally different story. I’m finding that each recipe in the cookbook is a project by itself—each dish requires attention and love, just as each of my characters does.
In our cookbook, Chef Johannes and I take pride in creating recipes based on authentic food, history, and stories—plates that are related to places, events, and memories found in Pinnacle Lust. However, we are elevating these dishes so they meet the standards, tastes, lifestyles, and trends of today’s diners.
And once that happens, Chef Johannes—not me—will seal the deal, giving the final okay on each recipe. And with each approval the chef gives, I feel as if we have just given birth…especially if it is for one of my original recipes, just because I’m not a professional chef.
Today, as Chef Johannes presents the spring menu for his restaurant, Library Kitchen and Bar, some of the recipes from our upcoming cookbook will be included on the regular menu and some will be integrated as a daily special. You can discover for yourself the delicious plates we’re preparing in the cookbook before it’s released!
To me, tonight’s reveal feels like magic. My heart is pounding at the thought of these recipes being served live in a top restaurant…that this food will be consumed and judged by top customers and savvy diners like you.
And yes, I will be honest—my stomach is in a knot.
If you’re around the Sapphire, NC area, stop by Library Kitchen and Bar tonight and order a plate. I can’t wait to see what you think.
Michelle (& Chef Johannes)