Earlier in January, I wrote a blog about my collaboration with Chef Johannes Klapdohr, and our cookbook to be released later this year. The blog reached many followers and received numerous comments. As you know, I’m very particular about taking the time to answer each of you—I take your comments very seriously.
What might surprise you is the impact that you have on my work. One of my fans commented about the desire for gluten-free recipes. I was asked if we would consider including gluten-free options in our book.
My first reaction was to inform that fan that the cookbook wouldn’t follow a gluten-free diet—or any other particular diet for that matter. I thought the cookbook was unique enough with its connection to my novel, Pinnacle Lust. I was ready to explain that Chef Johannes and I have been working on this book for several months now and we’ve designed specific recipes to follow the novel itself.
But then I got to thinking: Why not listen to my fans? If one person asks for gluten-free recipes, there must be many others out there who could benefit from it. I should not waste the suggestion.
I quickly glanced over the recipes going into the cookbook and realized that actually we have several gluten-free recipes (like our delicious creamy hummus or the irresistible stuffed grape leaves cooked in red wine that you’ll have to try!).
Taking this reader’s comment to heart, I called Chef Johannes and asked his opinion of somehow putting the two together. Could we stick to our concept and still please individuals who are seeking gluten-free recipes? You bet. Chef Johannes’ creativity, knowledge, and understanding hit me again. “Of course. It’s simple,” he said. “We won’t add or change any recipes but just point out all the recipes that are gluten free.
Johannes and I have prided ourselves on creating recipes that will cater to all palates and cuisines, and are constantly looking for ways to make this book appeal to everyone. So why not add gluten-free options? Perhaps this will help our cookbook reach more people, as gluten-free recipes are very popular right now.
I would have never considered highlighting gluten-free dietary options in the book until my fan made that request. It just goes to show that reader’s comments are highly treasured. Thank you to everyone who reads my work, and even greater thanks to those who leave comments and suggestions!
Michelle (& Chef Johannes)