So…I’m writing a cookbook!!!!

On Friday, July 6th I got an email that made me squeal. Just the subject line, “Prevention RD Cookbook?,” was enough to send me into full-out hysteria — disbelief, excitement, and every other emotion under the sun.

I opened the email and it read, “…I was recently given the link to your blog, Prevention RD. I browsed through your recipes, checked out your photos, (bookmarked some recipes to try later!), and read your About Me and Food Philosophy pages. I feel that your approach to cooking/baking and your past, present, and future material would result in a great cookbook….Have you ever thought of publishing a cookbook? Do you think this project would hold any interest for you? Please let me know if you would like to discuss the details….”

I think I then proceeded to read it about 12 times, pinch myself, and then call my nearest and dearest to FREAK OUT with excitement.

I talked with the Editorial Assistant via email to get some questions answered. During this time, she was feeling out the Editorial Team to see if my culinary spin and approach was, in fact, “cookbook material”. She encouraged me to write a proposal and said that she was interested in pitching my book to the publisher. The  proposal included some information on me, my background as a dietitian, what got me into cooking and why my perspective is unique, along with some work samples of recipes and photographs. My proposal was submitted on July 24th.

On July 30th, I received an email with a subject line of, “Prevention RD Cookbook — Great News!” I about died. The email read, “I just pitched your book and my publisher would love to publish a cookbook based on your blog…I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!”

And, that was that. All smiles and then panic-stricken with, “Oh my gosh…CAN I DO THIS?!”

The answer to that question is, I hope so! But in order to do so, I am going to be cutting back on my blogging frequency through October 1st when my manuscript needs to be complete. I have no intention of quitting blogging and I have every intention of picking up speed to my usual daily posting in 8 short weeks. 😀

Eight weeks…dear lord. So much to do! Between the new job that keeps me working a 50+ hours a week, keeping up with the blog (albeit on a smaller scale), continuing my routine of exercise and my hockey team (I’d go looney tunes without regular exercise), and the upcoming college football season and chili contest…it should be a challenge to add in writing a cookbook, but we’re going to give it a go! When it rains it pours (good and bad — luckily, this is all good!). Writing a cookbook is truly a dream come true…and I would never let this opportunity and honor pass me by.

As for the details, the cookbook will be out in the spring of 2013 (April/May). I will be doing a lot of new recipes for the cookbook that have never been posted on my blog. Each recipe will have nutrition information (of course!) and a color photo, plus a few notes from yours truly. Don’t you just hate when cookbooks have recipes without a photo? Me too. The cookbook will include at least 100 recipes and a variety of selections — everything from appetizers to vegetarian to crock pot. Desserts, as well!

There is no way this opportunity would have come about without readers of my blog coming to my corner of the web each day. So, thank you…so very much. I never would have believed that something like this could fall into my lap, literally, but I am so thankful that it did. I am so passionate about health and wellness, helping every day people see that they can eat well by making small, manageable changes that result in truly delicious food that they will want to eat forever. Eating well should never be a barrier — not cost, not accessibility, and certainly not taste!

With all of my love….thank YOU!



  1. says

    I will absolutely pre-order this! Congratulations – you seriously deserve it! I’ve tried recipes from tons of healthy living/food blogs and yours are the only that *always* immediately make it onto our ‘badass recipes to make again’ list.

  2. says

    Congrats again Nicole. This is so awesome. Who knew your blog would get you THIS far?! You deserve and, and we are ALL so proud of you!!
    Can you imagine me making a recipe and writing as the source “PreventionRD Cookbook?!”

  3. layla says

    I am not surprised….blog is great! I am a cookbook junkie. I read them like novels. Can’t wait for yours. Congratulations!

  4. Chelai says

    I am so excited for you and thanks for teaching me healthy eating can be tasty. I will definitely be getting a copy!

  5. says

    CONGRATS!!! That is so great! And I can’t wait to purchase one :) You’re a celeb, should have gotten your autograph when we met the other year! haha

  6. Michelle says

    Congrats! I love your blog and I am sure I will love your book too! Just beautiful healthful food to give my body. Thank you!

  7. Mary says

    Congrats! I will be ordering your cookbook for sure! You know, I have about 50 different healthy eating/living blogs on my Google Reader but yours is the one that I am always most excited to read each day. Your recipes have changed the way I see nutrition, your beautiful photographs have changed the way I see food, and your uplifting commentary has changed the way I see my own life.

    I literally never leave comments on blogs but I had to let you know how very much I enjoy yours and how excited I am to see all your hard work recognized. Please keep us readers updated on when we can pre-order and good luck with the project!

  8. Alanna says

    OMG! I am so happy for you!! I will definitely buy your cookbook,,I already make 3/4 of all your recipes! :)

  9. Emily P says

    Congratulations!! As a long-time reader and fellow RD, I’m so glad to see a new RD-authored cookbook hit the shelves! You have such a great way of “lightening” recipes, without losing the flavor ;). I’ll definitely be purchasing it. Can’t wait to hear more about it! Congrats Nicole!

  10. Lizzie says

    So exciting! I’m sure it will be beautiful. Your blog has become my favorite food blog, so I’ll miss you but I will absolutely pre-order your book as soon as it’s available 😀

  11. Jenn says

    Holy cow!! Congratulations! That’s so fantastic!! I can’t think of anyone whose cookbook I would enjoy more. Let us know what it’s ready for pre-order!!

  12. says

    I forgot to email you back, but I asked around my office and no one had a good recommendation that they knew for an attorney to look over your contract – hopefully you found one close to you!

    I am beyond thrilled for you Nicole – you deserve it!!

  13. says

    YAY!! Nicole, I’m SO excited for you and what a dream come true! Can’t wait to see you in October and celebrate your completed deadline! 😉

  14. chatelaine says

    BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so happy i found your blog ages ago. So many great meals we’ve made because of you :) Good luck!

  15. says

    AHHHH! CONGRATULATIONS!! What amazing news. I’m so happy for you. Best of luck with the writing process. I look forward to adding your cookbook to my shelf next spring (just in time for my 30th birthday…I’ll have to add it to my wish list for my husband!) :)

  16. says

    This entire post made me so happy for you- what awesome news! You’ll be so super busy, huh?! I’ll be looking out for your book, keep us posted! :)

  17. Stacey says

    Congratulations! That is amazing! I actually just found your blog yesterday and can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  18. says

    Nicole! This is so exciting! From moving to starting a new job to this amazing opportunity – you go girl! Wish we were both still in Columbus and could meet for coffee! :)
    Congrats ! You are my first go-to morning read for real-life recipes that I can use everyday. I can’t wait to buy your book!

  19. says

    Wow, sign me up!!it’s about time! Seriously, out of all the blogs I read, im pretty sure that I have pinned and actually made more of your recipes than any other. So happy for you!

  20. Gail H. says

    So can it be pre-ordered on amazon yet? This is wonderful news…now I’ll have all of your wonderful recipes in one place!!

  21. Lisa Broadley says

    Way to go Nicole!! That’s really great news!! No worries if I get less posts from you knowing there is cookbook brewing (haha). Enjoy the success!!

  22. Lids says

    Congrats!!! Just came across your blog a few weeks ago and really have enjoyed each and every recipe I have tried. Definitely looking forward to the cookbook.

  23. Samantha says

    Congrats!! This is so awesome! I would love to buy your cookbook and as a fellow RD, recommend it to patients!

  24. michele says

    Wow, Nicole! I am SO happy for you! I’ll be waiting to pre-order from Amazon! And as always, I can’t wait to try the new recipes…… fact i just made the lite ranch dressing from your blog for dinner tonight! Just think of how many more people you will inspire to eat and live healthier! Congrats!

  25. says

    I am so, so, SO excited for you Nicole!!! Your blog is absolutely gorgeous and you are so talented…I know your book will be incredible and I can’t wait to buy it! XO

  26. says

    Congrats on the cookbook. I love your photos and recipes on this site so look forward to seeing it all in book form. Best of luck getting it out the door!


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