Wow… my book is ready to go to print. Look how amazing the cover looks, I can’t express my gratitude and joy in words so here are some emojis.
Thank you to Craig Fraser and Libby Doyle (owners of Quivertree Publications) for investing in me and making my stories and recipe come to life. To Wilna Combrinck for believing in my work, her incredible design and art direction (just look at the cover, I can’t get over it), you’ve been so supportive. Beautiful photography by Craig and his assistant Klein Jan, clever food styling by Anna Carolina Alberts. Special mention to my editor Caroline Webb for her dedication and determination to get the content right and true to my culture. Thank you to my assistant cook Amanda, publicist Thembela Mbatha (though your role with my book is just starting) and Elizna for the laughs, support and cheer and proofreading by Thea Grobbelaar.
This unbelievable journey began in May 2017, when Wilna Combrinck DMd me on Instagram. She told me she’d been stalking my account for a while and the Quivertree team wanted to know whether I’d be interested in submitting a book proposal. I was flattered, I must say, I’ve never considered writing a book at all, let alone through a publishing company like Quivertree. They’re based in Cape Town and are known for some excellent South African books, including Reuben Cooks, Karoo Kitchen, District Six Huis Kombuis, Eat Ting, Shack Chic, Johanne 14, A Life Digested, Weaning Sense and My Portuguese Feast. Find out more about them here.
My manuscript was due in December 2017, then the editing started while we planned the recipe shoot that started in February and that spanned over two and a half weeks of weekday shooting. Having worked in advertising agencies, I’d always been one that’s involved with planning of content and for the first time… I was ‘the client’ (author). I’ve been incredibly fortunate to also be able to share my stories, including some insight into the different Taiwanese groups that immigrated to South Africa, the ingredients in my pantry that are part of my norms, seeking comfort through nostalgia and understanding my identity in the journey of learning and unlearning. There are also many memories that I got to include through these stories, and pictures. And the best was being able to include Kyle and my parents in my recipe shoot. See below for some behind the scenes pictures.
Now, the book is going to print and will hopefully be on shelves in June. Watch this space, and thank you to everyone for all kind words, your support has been incredible… Much love and light to you all.