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CLICK HERE to visit the Convenient Food sale page and find answers to all the frequently-asked questions! The purchase buttons in this post will take you directly to checkout on my distributor’s website. Keep scrolling to read about the title, the theme, the recipes, and the journey of this book – the more personal stuff.
PS – I’m trying to roll this out in stages over email, social media, etc. so my website (and BookCentra’s website) doesn’t go down due to traffic, but if you have trouble getting to checkout, please try again a little later when there aren’t so many people trying to order at once. I don’t know if this will happen or not, but it has before, so just in case….
If things stay on schedule, pre-ordered books should be shipped out by October 31, 2018.
Hello, friends! I can’t believe I’m here. Opening pre-order on the project that has consumed me for the past year. It’s been a journey, that’s for sure, and I’ll talk about that a bit more a little further down. But first – thank you for reading this and being interested in Convenient Food. I have poured so much of myself into this book that it’s become an integral part of me – even more so because it’s been the catalyst in some major changes in how I view my work and personal life balance and goals for the future. Now that I’m coming to the end of my work on the manuscript, I hope to be able to write about that in more detail in the next few weeks. Opening pre-order (as well as finishing the final edits on the manuscript this weekend) mean that this project is officially coming to a close, and I’m so excited about that because it means having more time to be Mrs. Burkholder, having fewer things on my mind, AND having more time to get back to blogging and creating recipes. That’s what I love!
First of all, isn’t that cover just beautiful? Abi, the designer I worked with for the basic layout and design of the book, did a stellar job. (You can find out more about Abi and her work here.) The title of the book is taken from Proverbs 30:8. “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” To me, this verse speaks of balance and contentment – two themes that I hope you’ll find often in the information and recipes in Convenient Food.
It’s so neat how God confirms things. Ever since I started working on this book, I’ve seen it as a grown-up sequel to Necessary Food, so I wanted a title that was similar in style but would reflect a slight shift in theme. There are only so many verses that talk about food in the Bible, and of those, only so many will work in a title. And of those, basically only one fit the theme I was going for – but fit it did! Perfectly! I had jotted down this verse about a year ago as possible title inspiration, and then a few months ago one of my blog readers messaged me and suggested it as the title for my second cookbook! The word “convenient” in the verse seems to take on the context of sufficiency (which is a theme of the book), but I like the play on words with the modern meaning of the word as well since I strive to make my recipes “convenient” in ingredients and time as well.
Easy Saucy Meatballs
As I said above, contentment and balance are two themes of this book. Here’s an excerpt from the title page of the book:
“Sometimes eating healthy becomes an excuse to eat too much and obsess over food preparation, but God calls us to a higher standard. Convenient Food focuses on real, simple ingredients that are smart on calories, big on flavor, and easy on the wallet. In this book you’ll find a vast array of savory main dishes and sides, but don’t worry – I still enjoy desserts in moderation! My new commitment to a balanced diet doesn’t mean that I cut out decadent ice cream entirely, but it does mean that I don’t make such recipes every week…and my portions are smaller when I do choose to enjoy something rich. As you cook your way through Convenient Food, chew slowly and savor each bite!”
In this book you’ll find a huge number of main dish and side dish recipes with a more balanced number of desserts. Lots of simple things. Real foods. Fresh ingredients. Big flavors. A more balanced calorie approach in general. More Healthy Carbs recipes. I feel like this book carries the essence of the woman I’m becoming and implements some of the strategies that have been working for me. (I detail these in the extensive non-foreword….)
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
In Convenient Food you’ll find classics as well as some off-the-wall Briana-style shenanigans. These recipes are inspired by old faithful church cookbook favorites, ethnic restaurant experiences, odd things that just popped into my own head, and a desire for simple and quick yet yummy food. Since getting married I have less time than I used to, so my cooking style has definitely been honed to appreciate things that can be thrown together in a short amount of time or made ahead. Don’t get me wrong – some days I do enjoy being in the kitchen all day, babying a cauldron of gumbo (you can find that recipe on page 126). You’ll find husband-pleasing recipes, recipes that I took to church fellowship meals, recipes that I tried out on Ryan’s coworkers, and recipes that I like to keep on hand in my fridge or freezer at all times. (The pictures in this post are examples of cookbook exclusive recipes you’ll find in Convenient Food!)
Convenient Food is 60+ pages bigger than Necessary Food and contains 400+ recipes! About 50% are recipes published here on my blog between August 2016 and May 2018, but 50% are cookbook exclusive recipes! That’s 200 new recipes, plus 200 that you may or may not have remembered or seen previously (and in an easy-to-read, hard copy, cleaned up format, no less). You’ll notice that the price of Convenient Food is the same as Necessary Food despite the additional information it contains. My printing cost went up, but I really, really want to give you all value in this book that you can be completely satisfied with. This is a product I can be proud of: a durable hard cover, convenient spiral binding, and an open and clean design that’s even easier to read than Necessary Food. All of these things add to my production cost and decrease my margins, but I consider a quality product and satisfied customers to be worth far more than profit.
During pre-order, I’m offering this book for $19.99. (That’s $0.05 per recipe.) It would be so amazing and take a big load off of my mind to get enough pre-orders to cover my printing cost up front, so if you would take advantage of that pre-order deal and tell your friends about it too, that would mean so much to me – and benefit you!
Bri’s Best Fudgy Brownies (egg free!)
As I wrote in this post about my change of identity, this cookbook project has eaten up most of my life ever since I got married. The transition from single businesswoman and entrepreneur to a married woman with new ideals and desires to cultivate a home has been a difficult one, and this book was the catalyst that forced me to make some hard decisions about my business and its place in my life in the future. The process has been hard, but the glorious results are just starting to unfold as I wrap up this project and check things off my to-do list one last time. I am SO excited about the future. God is leading me to a much more manageable perspective on life and work and balance. I’ll definitely keep blogging, but as a hobby and creative outlet, not so much a business. It will be more flexible with fewer hours – and hopefully even more heart behind it as I share what God is doing in my life and the recipes that I’m having fun creating and sharing with the people who sit around my table. I’m looking forward to having more time for hospitality, friendships, good books, and creative projects that never make it to the internet. Here’s to living in reality and simplicity!
Cilantro & Lime Marinated Chicken and Burrito Bowls
I would love if you would tag me in a picture of you and your copy of Convenient Food when you receive it so I can see you enjoying it! It’s always neat to put faces to people and make the internet seem a little smaller and more personal. 😉
I would so appreciate if you would share this post and help spread the word about pre-order being open! Also, if you know of any local stores who need to carry my book, please tell them about me and me about them! (It’s hard for a self-publisher to get into big retail chains, so I’m mostly talking about privately-owned bulk food stores and bookstores.)
PS – As a thank you for pre-ordering, you’ll receive an email after your order with a 15% off coupon code for the AllThingsArtsy Etsy shop, a retailer for Abiart paper goods. (Abiart is owned and run by Abi Troyer Miller, one of my designers. Her sister Grace, the other designer who helped on this project, has worked with Abiart as well.) The coupon is good through November 15, 2018.
A Sneak Peek at Some Exclusive Recipes
Adobo Pork Tacos
Butter Pecan Frozen Custard
Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Café au Lait Ice Cream (dairy free!)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (egg free!)
Fancy Cherry Gello Goblets