Need Your Feedback…..and a Giveaway, 4 winners!

Contest is now closed. Congrats to comment # 51, 265, 58, and 266! I’ve sent you all an email.

Hi everyone! I am in the VERY beginning stages of working with a wonderful cookbook agent to start the Picky Palate Cookbook process and I’d love some feedback from you guys! (did I mention I am so excited about this?!)

Since you guys are so important to Picky Palate, I would LOVE to know what you would like to see in my future cookbook!

Please leave a comment and tell me which of the following would be most appealing to you for the Picky Palate Cookbook:

1. Dessert recipes only

2. Quick and easy dinner recipes only

3. Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes

4. other ideas/feedback?

THANK YOU so much in advance for your feedback. I am really excited about starting this cookbook journey!

Oh and as a thank you for helping me, I will be giving away 4 beautiful Better Homes and Garden Cookbooks to 4 Picky Palate readers. I’ll have select 4 of you that are kind enough to leave a comment and you’ll receive this beautiful cookbook wrapped with a wooden spoon! Makes a great gift 🙂

The giveaway portion of this post will end Friday November 5th.

Thanks again, looking forward to your feedback!

*cookbook giveaway courtesy of Better Home’s and Garden*

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445 Responses
  1. Sweetec

    I would love to see 2, Quick and easy dinner ideas. Would also buy 3 if that is what you produced. Good luck! Best wishes.

  2. Hi, a new follower here. If this has been posted on the other comments, then my apologies!

    I have been reading thru all your recipes and they all are wonderful and I cannot wait to try them!

    I would love to see a Picky Palate Party Cookbook – Appetizers and Desserts – that would be cool!

  3. I would love to see #3! I think that would be a good all-around cookbook. Or make it a huge cookbook and put in every recipe you’ve ever featured on the site…. πŸ˜‰ Just a thought! Congrats on the book, too!

  4. Oh please, please, pretty please do “Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes.” But…you could always do all three…keep us wanting more πŸ™‚

    I LOVE it all and have sent everyone I know to your site. Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous ideas with us.

  5. Lauren from Jacksonville

    I owuld have to say #3. I am always struggling to come up with easy and delicious weeknight dinner ideas. I think tips on how to get picky eaters to eat is a good addition. Also, more recipes for quick side dishes. That’s also another problem I have. We end up having the same sides all week long.

  6. Jen

    My first choice would be (3) Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes, however a close second would be (2) Quick and easy dinner recipes only. Honestly though, I’m most interested in Quick Dinners and Desserts, so you wouldn’t even have to put in sides and appetizers and I’d be a happy camper πŸ™‚

  7. Suzanne

    #3 for sure. You have too many great ideas to leave any out! I will say, though, that I go to your sight more often for dessert recipes than any other. YUM! I’m so excited you’re going to have a cookbook!

  8. Teresa

    I would like to see 3. I love all of your recipes! Why limit it to one catagory when you have such amazing recipes all the way around! I am excited for this cookbook to come out!

  9. SewLindaAnn

    My opinion is a dinner and dessert book with recipes that are fresh and different but that will still be kid friendly, or have tips on how to make it kid friendly.

    Just got directed to your site for the first time. In the Winning Recipes area (which I will read thoroughly later tonight) is it you personally who competed? Don’t mean to be ignorant, just didn’t know if this was a personal blog or a combination of people.

  10. Paula

    I definitely think that a little bit of everything is needed. As a working mom I know I need ideas for quick, healthy and always delicious food for my husband, preschooler and vegetarian teenager. Best of luck to you!

  11. My pick(s) #1 or #4. My idea for #4 would be a cookbook devoted to my #1 pick, desserts and another cookbook would be a sampling of your most popular recipes (all types… quick/simple meals, sides, appetizers and maybe like your spin on homemade “condiments” AND including a bit from your trips! So to not be confusing, lol… #1 is my first choice and #4 is my 2nd choice, which would be 2 different cookbooks-desserts and then the other I described above πŸ™‚

    I’m a sucker for you’re “dessert-y” recipes… Love how you totally come up w/ everything on your own and can also take a boring-ish recipe and spice it up w/ fun and not necessarily fattening ingredients… The pics are amazing too!

    And on a sappy note… I’ve had no motivation to cook, bake or do things I used to love to do after I lost my mom totally unexpectedly a few months a go. But YOUR recipes, fun posts & trips have totally and completely motivated and inspired me to get back into it!!!! Yay!!!

    Goodluck! Can’t wait to hear what cookbook you decide to do πŸ™‚ I think doing what makes you the happiest and what you’ll have the most fun doing should ultimately be what you do and all this feedback can help w/what you blog!

  12. I love your recipes but really think that a book on just desserts would be wonderful. I love to cook but baking and sweets have never been my “thing” but your recipes inspire me to try different things and they are always a huge hit!

  13. Jessica O

    I think option 3 would be great! You could easily put together an entire meal, picking out an app, entree, side, and dessert, all in one fabulous place!

  14. Liza

    I think quick and easy dinners from scratch would be a great one, so many quick and easy stuff include cream of this and that, so something from scratch (or minimal help from canned goods) would be fantastic

  15. Katie K

    I love desserts!!!! but I think #3 would be the best idea!!!! YAY!!! Can’t wait to get it,what ever you decide!!!!

  16. Hannah

    I’d say 1. I LOVE your desserts! And I think pictures would be great – they help so much! If you don’t have room for the whole process one of the finished product would be fine. It’s hard to visualize what you’re creating with just the title. And congratulations by the way! XD

  17. #3 Quick and easy dinners would be my top choice if I could only chose one, but since you have the option of all three, some desserts and apps would be a nice addition!

  18. Jody Sullivan

    I love all you recipes…I use then often. Some I haven’t thought of and others intrique me. Personally I think you are VERY creative with your food and arent’ afraid to experiment…me I’m scared just thinking about a substitution!
    I wish you all the best in your venture and look forward to seeing a copy once it’s done.

  19. Kim F.

    I would love to see #3. It has everything! I love your desserts but your meal recipes are great too. Looking forward to the book!

  20. Elise Snow

    Since I love all of your recipes, I think you should make a cookbook with a wide variety in it. I love to flip through cookbooks in the store that only have desserts or only appetizers, but I usually only buy the ones that have a mixture of appetizers, dinners, and desserts. They’re more practical. I think you’d sell more cookbooks that way! Good luck putting together your cookbook. I’ll definitely buy one when it comes out!

  21. Jennifer Ciniello

    I would definitely be interested in Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes. I like cookbooks that give you a nice rounded out bunch of recipes, oh and make sure there are lots of pictures. I alomost never cook a recipe without a picture. Thanks and Good Luck!!

  22. Shanna

    I am always looking for Dinner recipies so i say #2 but #3 would be great too. Just found your website and am loving it. good luck on your new cookbook. thanks.

  23. Ginger

    I would like to see #3 — when I look for what to cook, I’m usually thinking about all kinds of different things. I’d probably never cook a dessert if I had to look in a special cookbook for it — it ends up being an afterthought.

  24. Natalie R

    I like the #3 option. I look for a little bit of everything I can use when looking for a cookbook. So something for dinner, sides, desserts and appetizers are exacty what I look for!

  25. Sarah

    I like option #3, or as a slight twist how about “from A to Dessert” meaning grouping the recipes by apps, simple dinners, sides and desserts that go together and make a complete meal.

  26. Jennie

    Number 1 or 3. I would love to see the bulk of your book be deserts. I really think that is your forte. But you have lots of wonderful recipes for meals. We can’t neglect those!

  27. I like the idea of you best picks from 1,2,& 3.How about a section for Mom’s & kids cooking together? Thank you for all of your hard work and making yumminess for all of us to enjoy

  28. Carolyn

    I was going to say DESSERTS ONLY …. because your desserts are MOST memorable to me … but I decided to go back thru your blog and give your simple meals a fair chance … you know, see if they would get my attention … and you know what, when I looked back, THEY DID!!

    So after much thought, here is my suggestion … I think you should do #3 … BUT that being said, I think the most important thing you should do, is stay true to your food blog (which has more desserts than simple meals) … yummy, ooey gooey decadent (and different) desserts … and FUN simple meals … AND YOUR SCRUMPTIOUS, MOUTHWATERING, EYE CANDY PHOTOGRAPHY … because the creative way in which you display your food is really what grabbed my attention in the first place … AND keeps me coming back for more!!!

    Honestly, I would never have to bake or make anything … as long as I can look at your pics and your fun use of fonts and whimsical typography!!

    Your blog is just TOTAL FUN WITH FOOD … and that’s how I like my food (mostly my desserts … but I like FUN simple meals too)!! So keep with that … and you should have the same GREAT success with your book that you have with your blog!!

    Keep up the EXCELLENT job … and you should do very well with whatever you choose to do!!

  29. Option 3, please! I like a little bit of everything in a cookbook. If it’s too specific or specialized, I usually don’t buy it. A broad sampling is more to my taste. Can’t wait to see the new cookbook!

  30. Jamie

    I would use any and all of it. Maybe you should make multiple cook books. For now, maybe you should start with #3 though. Can’t wait to see the cook book!!

  31. Diane Jarvis

    SIMPLE and EASY! My biggest issue with cookbooks is that most of the stuff is too complicated and calls for ingredients that I have never heard or have to buy for only 1 tsp of it. Also make sure to include pictures!

  32. I definitely enjoy all of your recipes, but it might be fun to have a dessert focused cookbook.
    I know my Mrs. Fields dessert cookbook is one of my favorites…it will be nice to add yours to my collection!

    Good luck whatever you decide πŸ™‚

  33. Maureen

    Love the idea of the complete package at my finger tips. Would think number 3 would be a top seller .. but then again anything you printed, would sell! Best wishes.

  34. Janine

    I would love to see a cookbook that included all three. I look at this blog whenever I’m hungry (which doesn’t tend to help things) and whenever I’m ready for a new, exciting baking adventure. A cookbook that had dinners, appetizers AND desserts would be perfect!

  35. VickiT

    I love recipes and would love to see one devoted to desserts only with different sections on that topic so I choose #1. I’d love to see the different sections ranging from super simple/quick desserts all the way to the more complicated/time consuming types of desserts. Or even another section devoted to each of the major holidays with great dessert ideas for each of those different holidays.

  36. I’m with Amanda in thinking that you should do 3 separate cookbooks but if you can only do one than I think it should be a combo of all different types of recipes! Of my goodness, I just cant wait!!!

  37. I would say # 3
    But I think we would all love multiple cookbooks!
    Pictures for each recipe please- otherwise I wont make the item without a picture ( just my opinion – that is why I love your blog for all the pictures~~~)

  38. Zeina

    Quick and easy dinners. I find myself many days at 5 o’clock wondering what to cook for family of five. So quick and easy works well for me.

  39. Brooke

    I would love to have ALL of it! I think a GREAT sampling of your wonderful recipes would be THE BEST! πŸ™‚ Good luck and HOW EXCITING!!!

    BTW, I just made your chicken chili recipe for a church gathering and it was a HUGE hit!! THANK YOU πŸ˜‰

  40. I would probably go with #1. I was tempted to say three, but I think I’m much more likely to Google for a quick and easy dinner recipe and use a cookbook for a good dessert. Although… I can certainly see Picky Palate Just Desserts, AND Picky Palate Quick and Easy Family Dinners being a success as TWO books!

  41. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your food but i make the desserts the most. I think you should do your number 3 idea but you def need to do a special dessert cook book either now or in the future. I also LOVE how you show pictures of you making it as you instruct. For me it is VERY helpful. Thanks for you amazingness and i cant wait to buy the recipe book!!

  42. This is such exciting news! I always look forward to your posts. I love making your desserts (especially your cookies), but I plan on trying your dinner and appetizer recipes soon, so my choice is number 3. Thanks for providing such a great and inspiring blog.

  43. Stephanie

    I would love 2&3 Also if recipes would include freezer directions that would be fabulous, I’m always looking for stuff I can make ahead. Can wait to see what you come up with!

  44. Lisa Green

    I think #3 . Quick and easy dinner recipes only is the best, as all kids love desserts but its often difficult to get them to eat a good meal. All mum’s want their kids to clean their plates without complaining. BUT ideal is to have a section for each…

  45. Marilyn

    I would love #1 , but I am definetly up for #2 and #3 as well. I am always looking for wonderful desserts to share with the staff at my school. I love easy and fast dinners that don’t take so many ingredients that you usually don’t have on hand. I’m sure what ever you put together it will be wonderful. Have a wonderful day!

  46. Lisa

    I think a little bit of your favorites from each section would be a good place to start, that way you “hook all of us” then you can publish other books with the same type of food etc. Also VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT…..when I am buying a cookbook……I NEED pictures! I have to see what the finished product looks like and I know alot of my friends are the same way! good luck! I’m looking forward to it.

  47. I think option 3 would be wonderful! I am a dessert lover, but, I love your dinner recipes as well and have had success with all your recipes. I love all your ideas! Keep them coming : )

  48. Kara

    I like a variety of all topics, and I think it would be nice to have a few from-scratch/natural recipes as well as recipes that use packaged products.

  49. Number 3 plus holiday recipes, and pictures of each!! I am loving your recent fall dessert recipes…so creative and delicious! I can’t wait to make more of them. Congratulations!!

  50. Dawn

    My vote would be for 2 &/or 3. Every recipe of yours I’ve cooked has been wonderful. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

  51. I say option 3. It would make it easy to plan a whole dinner with all those options inside. Maybe even include on the recipe pages other recipes in the book that would pair well.

  52. Barb

    You can’t have a cookbook without your desserts~!!! But I always love new quick and easy dinner ideas as well. So I vote for everything!

  53. Vanessa

    First, Congratulations! I would like choice 3: a variety of everything. I really love deserts so maybe put a few extra in that category,hehe. I mean who doesn’t like it!?

  54. Jennie P

    Love that you’re working on a cookbook! All of your recipes are so yummy should do multiple cookbooks! I think you should start with #3 (a little bit of everything) and then down the road do dessert cookbooks.

  55. Robin

    Desserts and quick & easy recipes are my choices…with lots of your fabulous pictures!!! I hope to have a dessert cookbook along with you one day!

  56. Diana S.

    I vote for #3, along with #4 dedicated to soups, stews and crock pot recipes. Love all your recipes! Good luck πŸ™‚


    Def #3. Go for gold!! I would TOTALLY buy a picky palate book or two… or three and give them to oh so deserving people. I have made a bunch of your recipes like the delicious mini monkey bread for example. That would be a fun one to put in.

  58. Alice

    I think whenever we open a book we want inspiration. Sometimes we have nothing in mind, therefor I think “desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes” would cover a great deal. The cookbooks I use the most are the one’s that have a bit of everything. The one’s I use the least are the one’s that are just about desserts or just about cakes. Looking forward to your cookbook being born. It is very exciting. ; )

  59. I vote for #3…I think the cookbook should have a compilation of your most popular recipes! I love all of your recipes, but I’m sure you would have to make 2 or more cookbooks to fit them all in. So I say a big cookbook of your best recipes! Have fun with the book! I’m so excited for you!

  60. Stacie Aho

    I like #3- it would be nice to have a variety. But I also like the idea of #1 since you have so many delicious desserts, but I think #3 would sell better. Good luck!!

  61. I’m with most of these folks….. #3. I own way too many cookbooks for my minimalist husband’s liking. When I decide to donate some occasionally, the ones that keep a spot on my shelf are those that are more comprehensive.

  62. So exciting Jenny!! What fabulous news! Congrats, I know you must be over the moon. Hmmmm…this a hard decision! I think your desserts and the creativity you have with them is amazing. I think everyone loves desserts too. My vote is desserts. And you could always come out with another one later too…right? πŸ™‚

  63. I LOVE it!!!! I feel like I missed an announcement!! I’ve been so swamped in kid land this week, I’m so sorry!! But I’m super duper excited and I think my vote would be a dessert book, or a dinner and dessert book. So exciting! Congrats!!

  64. Barb in FL

    #3. Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes
    would be my option. I am particularly fond of desserts, but I am thinking that a well rounded cookbook that is easy to follow (as your directions are)would be fantastic…I have a couple of family members in mind that could use a good cookbook since they only seem to microwave everything πŸ˜€ I am always thinking of gift possiblities ;D

  65. Jackie

    I’m torn between desserts only and #3, both would be awesome! Maybe leaning more towards desserts only thinking about the ice cream sundea brownies I made from you, amazing!

  66. Hi! I just started reading your blog today and I have to say I love it. Your recipes are amazing and I can’t wait to try them all (or at least some of them :). I’m just starting my own blog myself so you’re a great inspiration. I personally would want you to include all three but adding more desserts would be awesome! Good luck on your book!

  67. Sally

    I love to see #2 and #3 in the cookbook. I’m always interested in making things new & interesting for my family, but doing it simply, easily & quickly! Thanks for letting us give some input! I wish you much success!

  68. I would go with number 2 – quick dinners as a first choice and then number 3- simple dinners, desserts, appetizers…. as a second.

  69. Jess :)

    Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes. Everything you put up is beautiful, but it would be great to make the cookbook diverse. Also- lots of pictures!

  70. Jackie

    #3. I think the biggest reason I enjoy following your blog is your interesting take on traditional/boring meals and desserts. Desserts are where you win me over every single time, and you cannot go wrong with doing a dessert-only book if you are so inclined, but it has to be said that the creativity behind your recipes is what keeps me coming back again and again. I just love to see what fun and easy ideas you come up with to completely redesign traditional recipes.

  71. Tricia

    I think you need more than one cookbook Jenny because you have so many yummy recipes. You do have a lot of desserts so maybe a dessert only recipe book would be a good fit for you. But I personally prefer cookbooks that offer more than dessert. I like appetizers but rarely need to make them so to me a cookbook that offers things I make is more appealing. So I like the idea of Dinner ideas, desserts, and maybe a few sides.
    Can’t wait to buy it when it comes out!

  72. Jacey

    I have to say that everything I have made from you has been amazing! So I would love a little mix of everything but I would also be happy with just desserts or quick dinners! And congratulations on your cook book!!!

  73. Nicole

    I love your desserts and tend to make those mostly. Your meals tend to intimidate me sometimes because of the number of ingredients. I like short, quick and easy, and sometimes I’m afraid your meals won’t be. Although they always sound fabulous. I love the idea of a cookbook with complete meals thrown together — app, dinner, side and dessert. That would be fantastic. Congratulations!

  74. Christina

    I have only tried dessert recipes from your site thus far, but I have loved every one, so I definitely recommend a cookbook that focuses on desserts. But, I am always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas, so my best suggestion would be to do two books – one just for desserts and one for meals. Of course, I would always be happy with the happy medium of Option #3 that includes both. Really, I would purchase any cookbook that you publish based upon the great success of the several recipes I have already tried! Best of luck!

  75. Ciara

    I vote option three. I prefer a cookbook full of quick, simple supppers. But, I think your readers would be dissapointed if there weren’t any of your yummy desserts included! Give us the best of all worlds!

  76. Jess

    Quick and easy dinner recipes, but go a step further and do budget friendly recipes. I also love sites that do weekly dinner plans. You could do that.

  77. I’m going to say a book with all three because though I use the quick dinner recipes most, I LOVE your dessert recipes and wouldn’t want to miss out on them!

  78. I personally, like desserts! BUT, I also think that the best of all three would be the better choice when creating a cookbook- that way you appeal to all audiences.

  79. keri Cannon

    I would love a dessert and simple dinner recipes and apps. You have the most creative desserts though and they are my favorite! Can’t wait!

  80. Sara

    I’d say 3 for sure. But I also think that having health recipes…recipes low in fat, cholesterol, and calories would be nice to see. But anything easy is always a plus!

  81. Karen

    Definitely 3 since I’ve been able to use recipes from all the categories and not one has been disappointing! Congrats!

  82. April in CT

    I like variety, more bang for my buck, so I choose option #3. Quick and easy dinner recipes are always welcome so if that is incorporated in, awesome!

  83. Meg

    I’d love for you to include both dinners and desserts in your cookbook. I find that my favorite cookbooks are those that have a variety of recipes in them.

  84. All of your recipes are AMAZING so this book would be a dream come true for so many of us. I think 1, 2 & 3 would be wonderful. I get so excited each time I see one of your new dessert recipes though so if you don’t do a collection of all three, I think a dessert book would be second best. πŸ™‚

  85. Kadee

    Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipe. Definitely, a little bit of everything is generally a good choice! πŸ™‚

  86. Amanda

    I always like cookbooks that have a bit of everything. So I would say quick dinners, desserts and sides would be great, with tons of pics! I love cookbooks with tons of pictures.

  87. Amanda V.

    I agree with what others have said- #3 with a lot of desserts πŸ™‚

    I love your recipes, this is exciting!

    good luck, hope everything goes well πŸ™‚

  88. Erin

    This is VERY exciting news!! I am constantly forwarding on your emails for recipes. Those cinnamon roll cookies alone deserve their own cookbook!! I think option 3 is the best… that way there’s a little bit of everything in there – and I would be less likely to fall into a sugar coma after completing the book! Congrats!!

  89. I vote for the combination of desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizers! Desserts are always fun, but we have to put other foods on the table on a daily basis, and desserts are more of a treat. Can’t wait to have all of the recipes in a book!

  90. kristin m.

    #3 would be my vote! however, if you wanted to release 3 cookbooks, i certainly wouldn’t object… just sayin’.

    kristinmik at gmail dot com

  91. Lauren

    I think option 3 would be great! I cook 3 meals a day 7 days a week (my son has celiac disease so we never eat out) so I am always looking for new food ideas period!

  92. How exciting for you!! I’d choose option 2: Quick and easy dinner recipes only – not that I don’t think your sweets are divine, it’s just that there is never a shortage of sweets on my “Food I Want To Make” list. Dinners, however, always seem to be the stumper!

  93. Days

    I’m with Michelle(comment #8). I’d love to see all three types of recipes, organized into meals, but I could also really love a new dessert cookbook. Mmm.

  94. I like the idea of Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes. We are always on the go and the idea of simple is important to me.

  95. Carla

    Congrats on the cookbook!! I would love to see all three, hahaha. I love your recipes, your desserts are always really inventive. However, my waistline would like to see some dinners. Pretty much every recipes you’ve posted has been a winner.

    So, I guess option three, as that is the most well rounded category? Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  96. Jenny S

    I think you should do a little bit of everything! Those are my favorite types of cookbooks. Also, include a picture of each dish…I always think that is very helpful in a cookbook.

  97. Heather Bandura

    I vote for the easy family meals only becauuse that is something I need to make every single day. Although I love desserts, I save those for special occasions, holidays, parties, etc. Congrats, Jenny!

  98. Nancy Norton

    Finally!!! I knew a cookbook had to come out sometime!! Give us the whole enchilada–okay—I vote for number 3. Please include your personal stories and comments in it. You are the BEST—

  99. Maria

    I would like to see the quick and easy dinner recipes but preferably some that are for the stove-top since I don’t have an oven.

  100. Alicia

    I would have to say option #3 Desserts,simple dinner,sides,and appetizers!!! Congratulations on the book, I love reading all your recipes every week!!!!!

  101. Becca

    I would love to see a little of everything rather than one specific topic. How about meals for under $10? So many of us have had shrinking wallet syndrome lately, I think it could be very useful for anyone!

  102. Emily Graham

    I think you specialize in desserts so a dessert only cookbook seems to be the best fit for you. However, having said that, I really like the idea of doing a complete meal cookbook where you have a main dish, side dish, and dessert that complement each other. I usually hunt for each separately so it would save me time to have it all together and organized for me already.

  103. Meredith

    Don’t think for one second you’re only going to publish 1 cookbook. Start with the dinners and add in a couple desserts. And then the next book can be all you fun, festive desserts.

  104. Lori C

    Option number three, hands down. I’m always a fan of a good dessert recipe, but I would definitely benefit from various dinner and appetizer ideas as well – we frequently have casual dinners with friends. Besides, your recipes are amazing!

  105. I like number three. Maybe arrange it in menu form so that I can just turn to a good sounding main dish for the evening and have the side, appetizer and dessert recipes right there too. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. ~Andy

  106. craftyshe

    I will vote for 3.I’m so excited for you too! I love your site & recipes.It’s going to be a GREAT cookbook πŸ™‚

  107. Most of my picky eaters are children – how about a child oriented cookbook with foods that would appeal to them but that are easy to make for the Mom’s who love them?


  108. Bev E.

    I like the quick and easy dinner recipes, but also add sides and desserts. I also like the idea of pictures so I can see what it should look like. I think it should be in sections also. Meals in one, sides in another, and desserts in another. It’s so much easier to find what your looking for that way.

  109. Janelle

    I’ve actually been thinking about this for awhile, outside the cookbook context. You call yourself “Picky Palate,” and you say you started this blog because your kids are picky, but a very very large majority of recipes you post seem to bee desserts. Of course kids will like desserts! That’s a given! I would like to see more recipes for actual food that picky kids will like.

  110. Allison

    I must admit I love your desserts and have made several of them. Always look forward to your posts. Do a cookbook for each – that would be great! But if you are doing just one the desserts, simple dinners, sides and apps would cover everything. I think whichever you do will turn out great and I can not wait to buy it.

  111. I always appreciate a cookbook that has a little bit of everything: appetizers, entrees, sides, and dessert– and if they are cohesive recipes that can lead to an entire meal instead of taking recipes from here and there, that would make things simple for the reader as well. An all-in-one sort of thing.

  112. Lydia

    I love dessert cookbooks!! The first ones i’ll pick up. But we all gatta eat other things besides desserts, so go for the whole deal, but make the dessert section the biggest :). Good luck, look foward to your book!!!

  113. number 3… i was going to comment that you do a lot of desserts on the blog, which are all unique and delicious, but I’d love to see more savory dishes that are easy to cook and unique like that… so I think having desserts, dinners and appetizers would work for the everyday cook!

  114. Crystal

    I will have to vote for a cookbook with both dinner and dessert recipes. You have so many clever and delicious recipes of each type, that it would be too hard to choose one or the other! πŸ™‚

  115. Jade Thurman

    I agree that your delish desserts should be in the spotlight of your cookbook – but I also think sharing a few of your dinner and sides ideas would rock =)

  116. Micaela

    I am always looking to buy cookbooks with easy dinner recipes, BUT I think that the desserts are your specialty and a dessert cookbook with all of your yummy recipes would DEFINITELY sell!

  117. Carissa

    Your desserts are always amazing, but I make dinners more than I make desserts so I’m going for option #3 so we can have a little of everything. I’m super excited though!

  118. How exciting! I think option 3 is a good way to go but with an emphasis on desserts(!) , just because that is what I like to make the most!

  119. Brandie

    I would like #3 since it is a variety, although you seem to have an awesome talent for your baked goodies! I’m sure whatever it is it will be a big hit!

  120. Deanna

    Option #3… I LOVE your inventive yet simple dinner recipes. Then on the other hand, I always go straight to your site when I need a good dessert! Pick the best of all and it will be a surefire success! Congrats and good luck on this new adventure!

  121. Molly Harris

    I think you are all about Family Favorites and that is more than just dessert. I think finding a way to encompass meals with desserts would be great!

  122. Alexandria

    I personally love cook books separated by pastas, grains, fruits, desserts, seafood, etc. It helps me out a lot because when im in the mood for protein, I go to meat, or something light I go to salads. Just idea. I would love to see 3. I have loved all your recipes and would rather have it all in one cookbook…all though the just desserts I like to πŸ™‚ That one I would pack in my suitcase when I visit family during the holidays! I would be the first in line to by the all in one cookbook though!!!!

  123. Jessica

    I’m always looking for new quick and easy dinner ideas for my family (I love slow cooker, one-pot or make ahead meals) so I’d say dinners paired with easy sides (like the pairing rather than having to piece something together myself!) and your fabulous kid-friendly snacks and desserts. And your wonderful photography for every recipe. I am much more prone to try something new if I can see the finished product first! I don’t entertain much so I wouldn’t be as interested in an apps section. Good luck!! I love your blog and know your cookbook is going to be fabulous!!

  124. Andrea Thompson

    I would have to say #3 too! Maybe a few simple appetizers, easy dinners, and some of your fabulous desserts! You have so many cute desserts I would love to have one of your cookbooks!

  125. Connie

    As one in the process of trying to put together a cookbook for our Lady Shriners I applaud your efforts. I am going slightly crazy trying to get enough folks to volunteer their recipes and am about to scrap the whole thing. Having said that, I love cookbooks. My vote would be number three – everything combined. Good luck with your cookbook, can’t wait to see it.

  126. Can you do best of everything? Best of desserts, apps, dinners, sides etc? That would be great! Please enter me to win the cookbook, thanks!

  127. Chrissy

    I vote for number 3. I like the idea of different courses to choose from, you have so many good ones, you can’t limit it to just dinner or dessert or appetizers, etc.! πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait until this comes out! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  128. A picky palate Cookbook?? could it be true?! I Am SOO EXCITED about this. And I have been following your blog for sometime now… so based on what I have seen, and my opionions of cookbooks… here is my opinion:

    Over time, I realized your blog has a lot of unusual, unique, simple, delicious dessert recipes. And I feel like this is your strongest point. I mean, the candycorn brownie?? How fabulous is that recipe? And when I am about to cook or bake something… as much as I try not to, I go for the cookbook that is the subject of what I want to make. When I want to make something in the crockpot- I use my crockpot cookbook. When I want to make something Mexican- I get my Mexican cookbook. When I want to make Sweets- I grab My DESSERT cookbook. Therefore, I strongly feel that you NEED to put out a Dessert cookbook FIRST.
    I am a HUGE fan of your simple meals and snacks though- and they are some of my most favorite recipes I come across. Therefore- dont stop with the Dessert book.
    But if you HAVE to put it all in one- do option 3.
    And make sure you use the same picture of your heels and the shopping cart! I love that picture, and truly think that represents what your recipes are all about!

  129. Debbie R.

    Hi, Jenny – congrats on starting your cookbook!! I would like to see option 3 – a little bit of everything! Good luck!

  130. Andrea

    I would love to see any and everything!! All would be a hit! I just say to make sure there are pictures, I hate cookbooks without pictures!

  131. Kristen

    I love dessert cookbooks personally because that’s my favorite thing to make, but I would get more use and appreciate option #3 more. Just have more desserts than anything else. πŸ™‚

  132. Danielle

    #3 works for me :)! I love your pictures and I enjoy it when you mention your family too / incorporate your kids and hubby in cooking.

  133. My absolute first choice would be #3 but #’s 1 & 2 would be amazing too. I vote for 3 cookbooks – that would be perfect! But I really think you should start with #3 – I love one stop recipe books where I can find a whole meal to prepair in one place.

  134. Mary

    I would like option 3, but with an emphasis on the quick and easy meals. Those are my favorite because you can use them every day!

  135. I like the first option, but only because I’m more interested in desserts. I’ve tried your other recipes too and love them, but when it comes to cookbooks I only care about desserts! This is so exciting–congrats!

  136. My vote is for option #3. I would like a little bit of everything. I know your cookbook will be a success as I love your blog.


  137. Sarah

    I want it all – a nice sampling of each category πŸ™‚

    3. Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes

  138. Erin B.

    I think you should focus on Desserts, Simple Dinners, Sides, and Appetizers (Number 3). That would be awesome and I think you would have a very big following if you focused on those things :)!

  139. alyssa jurgensmeier

    I would LOVE to see quick and easy dinner recipes as well as yummy desserts. I would also LOVE to see appetizers.

  140. Erica

    I’d say #1 or #3… You are kinda “known for” your desserts – and goodness knows – you need a niche in the cookbook world – but I do like your dinner ideas too.

  141. Monica

    I would like option #3, followed quickly with option #1. I seriously LOVE cookbooks. I read them like novels. πŸ™‚

  142. I am so happy for you! I vote #3…for the first book so the world gets an all around taste of your talent…then your other books can be more specific:)

  143. Katie

    Desserts, please! πŸ™‚ That’s my vote! I made your rainbow cupcakes last night for my niece’s birthday party…FABULOUS!!

  144. Cassie

    I would have to say #3, Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes. However, your desserts are amazing so maybe a bit more of those recipes than the others πŸ™‚ p.s. I really hope you include the “Motherload Cookie Bar” recipe!!

  145. I vote only desserts. Lots of the ingredients you use – my kids/husbands wouldn’t eat – but the desserts that’s a different story. And lately with the economy – I think people are “treating” themselves more – and are more likely to buy dessert type books than a combo.

  146. Amanda

    Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes (#3). The best of all worlds and you’re great at all of them so why not?
    I’m excited for you. What a fun adventure!!

  147. I would definitely say #3 because it’s the most bang for your buck, an all around type cookbook. But then again you COULD just test the waters with your desserts only book then at a later date bring out the dinner cookbook. That way we get more of each category instead of just a few of your favorites.

    Either way, I’d get one πŸ™‚

  148. Christy

    I am torn between 1 and 3! I make the chicken soup all the time and I’ve tried a few other dinner recipes, so I would hate for these not to make it in! I think I like the idea of appetizers, dinners, and desserts – just heavier on the desserts!

  149. Lauren

    I like #3 the best, but I do think that you would make a fabulous “Desserts Only” cookbook. Good luck in your process. How fun!

  150. julie

    I think the cook book is a genius idea! I love your recipes and always find them so easy to follow and delicious! I would vote for #3- because you have so many great foods that I wouldn’t want to miss any of them.
    After the first one–and yes it will be a hit therefore you will have to do more books- then do a book on each of the categories. desserts first!
    thanks for always having something new!

  151. Linsey Brockman

    There are so many cookbooks out there that encompass all different types of courses and cuisines. I RARELY buy those because they’re all pretty much the same. I like cookbooks that specialize in one area and do it really well! You have such great dinner recipes, but it seems like the stars of the show tend to be your desserts! All that said, my vote is for #1!!

  152. Camille

    I like variety, #3. You are pretty much the Queen of Desserts, so maybe #1 could be your second book! πŸ™‚

  153. How cool is this, your own cookbook! I fear that we won’t be much help thought because we love all your recipes but being a cookbook lover myself, I would vote for the third (3) option so I could have a variety of recipes at my fingertips.

  154. I would like it all, desserts, dinners, sides, etc. I don’t tend to buy specific cookbooks that only have one thing in them. Unlike my husband who owned a 365 ways to cook ground beef cookbook when we got married…

  155. Andrea Gunnell

    I like option number 3! I like a lot of your simple dinners, LOVE a couple of your side dishes (always use the roll recipe and love the mashed potatoes) and the desserts are so yummy! I would love a good combination!

  156. Jacks

    Definitely #1! Your desserts are AMAZING and they are always a hit when I make them. They are always what I go to first when searching your site!

    Good luck! I’m so excited for you!

  157. stephanie

    I think it’s nice to have the whole cookbook, appetizers, quick dinners, sides, and desserts….but… you make some awesome desserts! maybe something having to do with certain holidays?

  158. Cindy

    I vote number 3 too! But PLEASE do lots and lots of pictures. I only buy cookbooks with pictures. I like one of every recipe. Nutritional info is great too.

  159. Amanda

    I love your dessert recipes those would be awesome to have in a book but I would also like to see simple dinner recipes. Im not much on the rest. Can’t wait for the cook book

  160. Jen

    I vote for #3! I love all of your recipes. Make sure you include your mini pumpkin cheesecakes— huge hit at every party I’ve made them & taken them too! πŸ™‚

  161. Congrats! It will be a beautiful cookbook no matter which you choose. I am drawn to a cookbook because of the desserts, but really I need help with deciding what to make for dinner every night. So I would pick option 3. I prefer a cookbook divided into categories and not arrange by meals.

  162. Julia H.

    your desserts are so cute, easy, and creative–i would say just desserts. However, maybe put them into sections such as the 3 or 5 ingredient, holiday themes, and (drum roll) a healthy dessert section!
    thanks for all the recipes!!:)

  163. Abbie McKnight

    I would love to see #2, #3, and how about a crockpot cookbook? I love using my crockpot because of my crazy schedule. Thank You for this site. It has been a staple for months now (since I found it)

  164. Angie B.

    I would love number 3! I’m a huge fan of your dessert recipes but now that my child is older (and busier) quick, easy dinners are a must!

  165. Kathy E.

    I love desserts and could probably make a meal out of them, but then I couldn’t make it through doorways very easily. My problem is coming up with quick and easy dinners that taste wonderful on a daily basis, so I choose #2.

  166. I would love 2 and 3. It’s a good open range for different people. You can’t have a cookbook without your desserts in it. They are so yummy.

  167. I agree with the ladies that said #3- I want the best of all the worlds. I also agree with those who said to be sure to include lots of pictures. A cookbook without pictures is like cake without frosting!

  168. Bongrats on the cookbook,, how exciting!!! I would like to see Desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes. Cant wait till the release!

  169. Julie

    I’m with Amanda, I think 1, 2 and 3 would all be great BUT if I had to choose, 3 would be my first choice. Just make sure it is as beautiful as your website!

  170. Erica W

    I love books with simple recipes, so I’m tempted to say 2, but I also love appetizers and dessert so I’m going to say choice 3 (or multiple books!).

  171. How exciting, Jenny!!!

    I pick option 3, as it is broad enough – but I would LOVE to see some recipes (in the cookbook or here on the blog) about how to turn kid standards (like frozen chicken nuggets or something) into more fancy fair for the whole family (such as… buffalo chicken nugget tortilla wraps)? I get so bored of just microwaving the frozen stuff and presenting it as-is.

  172. YAY! You have so many great recipes, it’s hard to choose just one category. Being a college student on-the-go, a cookbook of quick and easy dinners would definitely be the most useful!

  173. Mary

    Definitely #1. Your desserts always look so good! I’m more apt to grab a cookbook for a dessert recipe because if I’m rushing to put a meal together I don’t want to be referring to a cookbook.

    You could do a lot with just desserts and break them down into difficulty, occasion, or even how much you can get little ones involved in the process.

  174. MEGA YAY! That is so exciting. I think you should do all desserts – it’s what you do best. You are so creative, I think you should showcase all the brilliant recipes and ideas you’ve come up with over the years! And for all the seasons. Congrats, Jenny. Soooo happy for you πŸ˜€ I am going to buy a dozen copies when it comes out!

  175. Deanna

    I love cookbooks with a little bit of everything like number 3 since I am a newbie at cooking. I also was just marveling to myself at your creativity of desserts like the one you posted yesterday!

  176. martha

    #3 for me please. I am a cookbook reader. Yes, I said reader. I’m not much of a cook (my hubby is thank goodness) but I buy cookbooks and read them. I LOVE reading them. The one I always end up buying is the one that has #1. lots of pictures (pictures are a very important part) and #2. a variety of recipe categories that look easy to make. (not sure why I need easy when I’m not the one that cooks them.) Okay, I know. I’m weird. lol

  177. Lisa B.

    I would definitely say “desserts, simple dinners, sides and appetizer recipes.” Although I can never get enough desserts, I sometimes struggle for simple & tasty weeknight meals. πŸ™‚

  178. Emma

    So weird that you posted this…I was wishing yesterday, that you had a cookbook since I print out so many of your recipes! It is so hard to pick the main thing I’d like. The two most important to me are the easy main dishes first, followed very quickly by desserts. Can’t wait till your cookbook is out!!!

  179. Jenny, since you are so creative with your desserts, my first thought is a dessert only cookbook but I like #3 as well because it gives everything. Maybe 3 different cookbooks to cover all meal options. For me, any cookbook you do will be awesome. I’m so excited for you. Good luck with the process.

  180. Regina

    Mainly I go to cookbooks for dessert and baking recipes. It’s easy enough to just throw food in a pan and cook a dinner. Plus, photos of desserts are generally more fun to look at.

  181. Crystal

    #3- desserts, simple dinners and appetizers. and one random thing… i had made your layered mexican dish (has rice with pepers, corn, beans and chicken..) anyways, i had some leftovers and my husband was in need of something to take to lunch. So, I made lunch wraps with them. I put the leftovers in tortillas- heated up a pan and then put the wrapped tortillas in the pan wrap side down to help it stick together and then I wrapped them up and put them in the freezer. They are amazing! My husband takes them to work A LOT and he loves them πŸ™‚

  182. StacyC

    I would say three. It would be great to have different types of recipes. Or maybe have it sectioned by themes – like holidays, or seasons?

  183. jenm

    I have to say I am a fairly new reader — just a few weeks. I like it all, quick is always best in any recipe these days.
    Coming into the holiday food season….I’d say more fun desserts & apps would be most in line with recipes/tips etc. that I could actually use.

  184. As a working mother, I would love a half and half option. The first half is quick and easy dinners for busy families on the go, the second half is dessert for when life slows down a bit and you can enjoy your time in the kitchen a bit more. Either way, I’m looking forward to it!

  185. Chris M.

    I would say option number 1. The best desserts, some easy some more difficult. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  186. Christina

    I think a mix would be good all of your food is so yummy, maybe full menus or something fun. Pair some food up and why not try to whip up a few fun drinks (family friendly) whatever you decide I am sure it will be great and can I preorder a book now? I love all your stuff good luck with this!

  187. Jen

    Although I don’t think adding meals is a bad idea, I’ve personally only made your desserts (and lots of them!) I’m a picky (haha) eater, and there are usually too many ingredients I won’t eat in your dinner recipes.

    So – I’m thinking just desserts. Plus, it appears to me that you post way more dessert options then meal. I know at one point you mentioned trying to cut down on desserts and I’m glad to see you haven’t.

  188. Hannah P.

    As much as I love your deserts, a cookbook with quick, family-friendly meals with be something I would buy. I bake all the time, my problem is making actually healthy meals that my whole family will eat!

  189. Shonneky

    I’d like to see number 3. I love cookbooks that offer a little bit of everything so I’d love to see your cookbook have all of that! Good luck in the voting.

  190. KC

    I’d be more likely to use a cookbook on a regular basis if it were #1. Not that I wouldn’t want it if it covered all 3, but I’m much more likely to pull down a cookbook for dessert. When I’m looking for a quick dinner, the last thing I do is pull down a cookbook due to time constraints.

  191. Option #4
    Instead of having a cookbook divided by categories how about showcasing complete meals? Main dish, side dish and desserts that go great together.

  192. corinne

    I think getting some meals in with the desserts would be good, if only to remind some of us that ‘real’ food exists and we should probably be eating it one in a while. Also… lots of pictures. In a physical cookbook, when you don’t have the guidance of dozens of comments/reviews on a recipe, pictures are pretty key to picking what you want to make.

  193. Personally I’m a HUGE fan of your cookie and snack recipes (PB&J muddy mix has become a family movie night fave!) But if you have room for all three GO FOR IT!!!!

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