January 7, 2011

Small Post, Big News

First, a confession: I recently realized that I am spending too much time in the kitchen when, just the other day, I turned on my broiler and as the oven read “high,” I actually said “hello” back.


But it turns out that the hours I’ve spent in front of my stove (and the resulting insanity) have not been for naught. In fact, they are really paying off. Because over the holidays, I not only received another notch on my birthday belt (hello, 28!), as well as some much needed massages (thank you, Mochi), but I also nabbed a book deal with Wiley Publishing, the team who recently published Gluten-Free Girl‘s latest success.That’s right, Sodium Girl is all grown up and she’s writing a cookbook.

But enough about me, let’s talk about you.

In the book, you’ll find a whole host of new recipes by me as well as – fingers crossed – a bushel of dishes by famous chefs as well. Side note: if you have Mark Bittman’s direct line, let me know.

Most excitedly though, the book will also feature “Salt-Free My Recipes” suggested by you, the awesome readers, who are the real reason why this little blog of mine will be making its way to bookstore shelves in the near future. So stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about how you and your Grandma’s famous casserole can make it into print. Wouldn’t Nana be so proud.

In the meantime, feel free to strap on that thinking cap, take out a notepad, and start jotting down the salty recipes that you love and crave that desperately need a low sodium makeover. They can be traditional holiday treats, dishes you jealously eye on restaurant menus, or cuisines you’ve always wanted to try but never had the low sodium tools to make. Ultimately, this cookbook is for you, so I want you to be as involved as possible.

With that, I am signing off for the weekend. I have piles of emails to sort out, laundry to fold, and Chicken Cacciatore to cook. But before the spirit of TGIF takes over, just one final word. Well, actually two: thank you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and my handi-capable kidneys. It was only a year and change ago that I nervously left my full-time job in order to take better care of myself. And while it feels great (slash, unbelievable) to know that this little blog project is turning into something tangible and real, the best part is knowing that other people are finding it delicious and helpful. So let’s keep that savory, low sodium ball rolling.

Until we meet again, have a great fin de semana and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Chow on.

Anne January 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

WOW! This is HUGE news and so needed. Congratulations Jess! I know it will be fantastic.

thedailydish January 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

Let me be the second (here) to congratulate you! As someone who’s been living a similar dream, so to speak, without a similar success, HAT’S OFF! Wishing you much fun in the kitchen over the course of development — and big sales after publication! Who’d have thought such a terrible turn of fate (illness) would turn out so wonderfully well?! Sometimes what seems a death sentence can be the door opening to new life. CONGRATS, SG!

sodium girl January 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thank you Anne and Dishy! You better believe that we’ll be working on some dishes together! You girls are my inspiration to constantly try new things!

Jess January 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Huge congrats! I can’t wait to have it on the shelf.

stins January 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations!! I can’t wait to have your cookbook sitting on my shelf.

Beth January 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Love your recipes and you are so witty when you write. Have a fab weekend!

Magdalena CAbrera January 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hip hip Hooray!! Mazeltov, Jess. I will be buying many copies!

Cyn January 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

this is great news! It’s kind of funny…I woke up this morning thinking about what to make to dinner and thought “I wonder if SodiumGirl will ever write a cook book” and I checked my email just now and my wish came true!! Congratulations.

Karen Barritt January 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

Great news! Can’t wait for my personal copy.

Katie January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your cookbook.

Laura January 9, 2011 at 6:10 am

Congratulations! Wonderful news…keep us posted! We’d love to help! xo

melissa January 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

So excited for you–and to buy your book!

Cindra January 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Fantastic! Will definitely be buying it up when it’s ready.

sodium girl January 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and congrats. It is so nice to hear from so many new readers as well as the usual suspects. You are my low sodium bread and salt free butter!

sodium girl January 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

Woohoo! Thanks Cindra!

Pat Briscoe January 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

You never cease to amaze us – first the blog now a cookbook!!! Congratulations to you. I cannot wait to own your book – your recipes are and look delicious. I cook sodium free 99% of the time – it will be so nice to have more healthy, nutritious recipes.

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