Sneak Peek: Picky Palate Cookbook

What a whirlwind of excitement the last few months have been. Behind the scenes of Picky Palate, late nights, early mornings, you name it, I have been creating dozens and dozens of new recipes for my very first cookbook that will be available mid 2012! I’ve wanted to blab about it for months, but wanted to wait until it was all official and make sure I wasn’t just dreaming this. The book will be published by Wiley and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! I am working with the most incredible people and am learning so much through this journey.

I think back to when I started Picky Palate on a whim one evening, late 2007, not having the foggiest idea of what I was doing. I had recently discovered I had a talent in creating original recipes when in 2004, the start of my career—or I should say, hobby at the time—was born in competitive cooking around the nation with entering and becoming a finalist in Pillsbury Bake-off. If someone would have told me I would have a cookbook almost 5 years later from the start of Picky Palate, I would have thought they were  nuts! I am so grateful for the incredible opportunities writing Picky Palate has brought me and am so grateful for all of you who pop in and support me! Thank you. I can honestly say I have my dream job.

I wanted to give you a little sneak peek at some of the recipes I’ve been working on for the book. You’ll be seeing recipes for my Homemade BBQ Chicken and Smoky Skillet Cornbread, my Homemade Apple Pie with the most incredible buttery flaky crust and my perfect Homemade Yellow Butter Birthday Cake with Chocolate Cream Frosting. I have found that the hardest thing about writing this book  is having to wait to share all of the amazing recipes I’ve been creating. I want to jump on the computer and tell you all about them, lol! I guess that means it will all be worth the wait 🙂

Thanks for letting me blab about this, I am so excited for this project and hope you are too! xoxo

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156 Responses
  1. I’ve been browsing and copying recipes from your blog all day. And I was thinking “Why doesn’t she create a cookbook?” and then I come across this post! I’m soooo glad! You have the best recipes, so original, easy to make, and they look absolutely delishhhh! Congrats! Can’t wait to buy your book!

  2. Congrats on the cookbook!! That is a huge accomplishment!!!! I will definitely be buying your book. I hope you’ll include all the wonderful pictures you’ve taken!!

  3. Jill

    Congradulations on your new cookbook I can’t wait to get a copy and head to the kitchen to make some of your new delicous recpies.

  4. Kate

    Jenny, I stumbled upon your blog in 2007 looking for the Paradise Bakery chocolate chippers recipe. I have followed your website ever since then and tried so many of your recipes. It’s always fun to stop by and see what you are baking. Good luck I know you will be successful!

  5. Shirley

    Congratulations Jenny! You are one of the first food blogs I started following back before I really understood what blogs were, and I still come back again and again for your awesome and clever recipes that my family always loves! Look forward to getting the cookbook next year! YA!!

  6. Julie

    Your blog is AMAZING and I can’t wait to buy you book. 1 whole year is going to be torture, but I know it’s going to be well worth the wait.
    I’ve made 2 of your recipes this week alone and have a lot more on my list to make from your sit. Well done, you’re awesome.

  7. Meghan

    I am so happy for you! You are a so talented! I have used quite a few of your recipes and they are amazing. I will definitely adding your cookbook to my collection. I wish you the best of luci

  8. Tammy

    Congratulations!!!! That’ is just great!!!! Can’t wait until I comes out and I can buy one!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ljo

    you might not read this, but if you do, I would just like you to know that you’ve inspired me with your new cookbook deal.
    As 13 year old girl and completely novice cook, it’s amazing knowing that one day I could also have the chance to also get a cookbook deal. It will take hard work, most definitely, but I’m willing to work my way up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi there,
      Hope you received my email, thanks again for your sweet comment. Keep cooking!! Wish I would have started at an early age ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. O big CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait for it to come and Our Best Bites were my first food blogs that I used to help me improve my cooking..they had there cookbook come out this month and now you next year!!!! so happy for you..It was funny because last week you were on Food Network the hamburger cook-off and I told my hubby ..hey that’s my Jenny!!! and he’s like who?? the lady that makes all those fab desserts and dinners that I cook for us..yep it’s her! and he’s like O how cool!!! …so your my Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. KYLIA

    Congratulations Jenny!!! I’ve been reading your blog for years and have made quite a few of your creations! You are amazing and I’m so thankful that you share your talents with us! You rock!

  12. That yellow cake looks AMAZING! I have made SO many dry and heavy yellow cakes and I am still searching for the perfect one. Can’t wait to try yours!

  13. Robin

    Jenny, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to add your cookbook to my overflowing collection! Who knew when we were in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in Hollywood and Orlando that you’d be such a star! Hope to see you down my way some day!

  14. I am so excited for this cookbook. Can’t wait to get a copy!!!
    I have been telling everyone about your site. Sucha fun, great resource for all.
    YOu have inspoired me to follow my passions and dream big!
    Many blessing to you and your family!

  15. Joanna from Colorado

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! Yours will ALWAYS be out at the library…I’ll DEFINITELY have to buy that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve only gotten as far as LOL

    Good job!

  16. Suzanne

    Congratulations, Jenny! I’m thrilled about your upcoming cookbook. I will be pre-ordering some as soon as they’re available. I adore your recipes!

  17. Carol

    Jenny-I’m SO happy that you’re coming out with a cookbook……after looking at those incredible photos up there, the hardest part is going to be waiting until next year to buy it.

    You know I love your recipes-I make so many of them regularly and still have a list I’ve yet to try-and the list gets longer every time I visit your blog. I need to hire a family to come in and eat so I can give each recipe a go!

    I can’t wait to add your cookbook to my collection-hugs and heartfelt congratulations to you,


  18. Amanda

    I love your site…and can’t wait for your book…you actually give me hope to my dream…I love cooking and am wanting to start my own blog site!

  19. Rachelle

    Jenny, that is wonderful. I’m so very happy for you and you are a natural at it. Thanks for sharing your talent ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Thanks for the sneak peek Jenny. Congrats on the cookbook and looking forward to seeing the finished book next year. I wish you all the best with it. Can’t wait to see all your creative recipes in it.

  21. WOW … just look at that cake!! Everything looks wonderful – love your recipes but wow, can’t get past the cake pic. Looking forward to your cookbook.


  22. Jenny, this is awesome!! I am so proud of you and the awesome career you built from the ground up. With drive, determination, passion and talent the sky is the limit. I can’t wait to see your book. xo

  23. Yay! So exciting. I look forward to seeing your new cookbook. I love following you on here, your recipes are great and easy to follow, and your photos are always so beautiful. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  24. I’m so excited. Congratulations! I’m definately buying it. If you are ever out toward Temecula, you are in my neck of the woods. I don’t think you have one recipe that I’ve tried, that I didn’t like (or my family for that matter). You are terrific.

  25. Chelsea

    This is awesome! Congrats! Are all the recepies that are currently in picky-palate’s recepie index going to be included in the cook book??

  26. JulieS

    How exciting ~ Congratulations! I love your website, and I can’t wait to add your cookbook to my collection!!!

  27. Dawn Kesler

    The only cookbook I have purchased in the last decade was Dorrie Greenspan’s but I have so loved pretty much everything you put out that I will be first in line. Finally, a cookbook for the real people! Nobody deserves it more, congratulations and thank you.

  28. Kristen

    So glad you are doing a cookbook! I have always appreciated you taking the time to respond to me when I have asked a question. Not many people do that (and I understand why), but that personal note and the time you took to do that one of the first times I read your blog definitely kept me coming back since then. We are Americans living in Hungary, and all of the American women here are always looking for recipes and sharing their favorites. I have a bunch of my friends hooked on you now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to being able to get your cookbook over here one way or another!

    1. Thank you for the nice comment Kristen. Even though I’m not able to get to 100% of the comments I read them all and appreciate all of them. Have fun in Hungary!

  29. sandi

    Congrats! thats awesome i have been telling everyone I know about your sight and you wonderful sinful recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. This has been a long time coming…been waiting for this day for you! So glad it is here and can’t wait to see your new baby!
    Are you doing your own photography? Yes?? I hope so! You are so talented!

  31. How Awesome! I will definitely be purchasing! Your recipes are always a winner in my house and I recommend your blog to anyone that will listen to me! Congratulations!!

  32. Cheryl

    Delurking to say…What fun! Congratulations to you! I’ve made quite a few of your yummy creations over the past couple of years and can’t wait to see your book.

  33. Heather

    Congratulations to you – so well deserved! It will hold a special place on my counter right next to Pioneer Woman!

  34. Ohhh, that’s so exciting! Those photos look amazing, and that yellow cake sounds wonderful. Can’t wait until it comes out ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Nicole

    So excited for you! I will have to pre-order this on Amazon so I can have it right away!! Will you be autographing these??
    CONGRATSx1000! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Marianne

    Can’t even imagine how thrilled you must be. I’m such a huge fan of your blog and know that your book will be fabulous. That is fantastic!!

  37. Mandy

    I don’t usually buy cookbooks, they sit on the bookshelf unused, but I will definitely be buying yours as soon as its available. Love all your amazing concoctions. My hubby was so excited when I told him!

  38. pamm

    Congratulations Jenny. So nice to hear some good new these days. I’m very happy for you and look forward to adding you book to my collection. Job well done. I’m sure your book will make it on the best sellers list just like Ree Drummond. It is a pleasure to know of you and your blog.

  39. Kathleen

    I am looking forward to adding your cookbook to my collection. What a thrill for you to be published. Many congratulations.

  40. Yippee! Congrats to you. I absolutely love your recipes and hate to admit how often I am cooking/baking from the Picky Palate (don’t want ya to think I am stalking ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    But really, when I see something fab from you I will ask my friends, did you see what Picky Palate has today?
    Can’t wait to have my own copy! Make sure to put Fresno CA on your book signing schedule (although I would drive to So Cal and visit my fam just to get a signed copy)
    So happy for you. Have a blessed day.
    P.S. Are you by chance going to the Creative Estates conference?

    1. Thanks Jenny! So glad you are enjoying my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not going to Creative Estates Conference as of now, what and where is it?

  41. Joyce Lane

    I am so happy to hear the news of your cookbook. Please let your followers purchase advance copies. I am new to your web page but sorry I did not know of you long before now. Love your emailed receipes. Keep up the wonderful work.
    Nothing but good luck to you.

  42. How exciting!! Congratulations. I’ll totally buy your cookbook and then I’ll say, “Oh yea, I used read her blog before she became famous.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Darlene Humphreys

    I just found your site, looking forward to being a big fan! Congrats on the book, that is huge!

  44. Lori Allberry

    Oh my goodness Jenny! This is such INCREDIBLY EXCITING news! I can NOT think of a person more deserving of this! Be sure and tell us when and how we can get our copies!!!!


    I am so HAPPY for you!!!! โ™ฅ


  45. Congrats Jenny! I’m so excited to see it. (And I posted about your chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow pudding cookies today – delicious!!)

  46. Katie M

    I am so excited! Just the other day I was wondering if you were ever going to put out a cookbook. This is something fun to look forward to!

  47. I am so excited for you!!! AND FOR US!!!! lol! Can’t wait to buy your cookbook when it comes out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your recipes are always so easy to follow and SUPER delicious!

  48. Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can only hope that the cookbook will be available in New Zealand. Sadly, there probably isn’t much chance there xD

  49. Jenny, major, major congrats!!!! You deserve every bit of this success and more!!! I am soooo happy for you! Can’t wait to buy your book!

    I made some bars with Nutter Butter cookies in them this weekend and thought of you.

    And every time I see Oreos, I want to stuff them INSIDE another cookie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your recipes rock, and I can’t wait to see your book!

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