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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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  1. 1
    Mia says:

    So happy for you! I live in Sweden but read your blog all the time! Love it! 🙂

  2. 2

    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 🙂

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

  3. 3

    Congratulations on the cookbook! That is so exciting! 🙂

  4. 4
    Erin says:

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

  5. 5
    Jennifer says:

    Congratulations Jenny, so happy for you and I most definitely will be buying your cookbook!!!!

  6. 6
    Molly Carter says:

    Congrats, Jenny! You know I’ll be purchasing your cookbook. Best of luck with the rest of the ride. 🙂

  7. 7

    i can’t wait! if it’s anything at all like the stuff you make on here all the time you know i’ll be buying it 🙂

  8. 8

    Congrats!! This is so exciting!

    I can’t wait to buy it 🙂

  9. 9
    Mary says:

    Congrats! I’ll be 1st in line to purchase your cookbook!

  10. 10
    The Souper says:

    Congrats on first cookbook 🙂 Enjoy hearing foodblogger’s stories

    The Souper

  11. 11
    Tina Rhodes says:

    Can’t wait!!!! Huge Congrats!!!

  12. 12
    debbie says:

    congratulations !looking forward to the finished product !

  13. 13
    Laura says:

    I will be buying a copy as soon as I can. Can’t wait for it! Thanks for the sneak peek!

  14. 14
    Ginger says:

    This is all so wonderful Jenny! I can’t wait for your cookbook!!!!!!!

  15. 15
    Mandy says:

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

  16. 16

    Congratulations!!! how exciting 🙂 I can’t wait too see what recipes are in the book!

  17. 17

    Yayyyyyyyy!! Super happy for you Jenny. Absolutely cannot wait to see it and help spread the word & sell that baby for ya!

  18. 18

    Thanks for the sneak peak! We can’t wait to get the book to our kitchen so we can try out some of your delicious recipes! Congratulations!!!

  19. 19
    Jennifer W. says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a great thing for you after all of the work you have done!

  20. 20

    You are writing a cookbook! I am so excited, it will be a best seller for sure. Your recipes are always top notch and delicious! Can’t wait!

  21. 21

    wow, congratulations! That is awesome news 🙂

  22. 22
    Beida- Fish says:

    congrats! I can’t wait to buy it!

  23. 23
    Amy at The Scene From Me says:

    Ooooo, I can’t wait. I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time!!! Way to go!

  24. 24
    Stephanie says:

    Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! Can the book be pre-ordered? I going to have to get a few copies to pass around to my mom, sisters, and friends!!

  25. 25
    Caelyn says:

    This is so cool!! Congratulations! That cake looks amazing btw!

  26. 26
    CookiePie says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see it all!!

  27. 27
    kellypea says:

    Hearty congrats to you on your cookbook! What an accomplishment 🙂

  28. 28
    brandy says:

    Congrats!!! I can’t wait for your book

  29. 29
    Katie M says:

    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!

  30. 30
    Monica says:

    That is so awesome, I am terribly excited (for you and to read the cookbook!)!!

  31. 31

    Congrats on your cookbook, Jenny! Very excited to see it!

  32. 32
    Deborah says:

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

  33. 33
    Lori Allberry says:

    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!!!! ♥


  34. 34
    Darlene Humphreys says:

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

  35. 35

    Wow! Congrats!! Way to go Jenny! This is so Exciting!!

  36. 36

    Soooooo exciting! HUGE congrats! I can’t wait to try out all of your fab recipes!

  37. 37
    Kerstin says:

    Congrats Jenny, can’t wait to check it out!!

  38. 38

    Oh Wow! This is great news!

    Can’t wait to see all the goodies:)

  39. 39
    Nicole, RD says:

    A major congrats to you!

  40. 40
    Rosalinda says:

    That is outstanding!!!! Congrats!!!! Can’t wait to go out and buy the book!!!

  41. 41
    Sara says:

    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.” 🙂

  42. 42
    Joyce Lane says:

    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.

  43. 43
    Carole says:

    Can I put my order in now?

  44. 44
    Jenny says:

    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 🙂 )
    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?

    • 44.1
      Jenny says:

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

  45. 45
    Kathleen says:

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

  46. 46
    pamm says:

    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.

  47. 47
    Dani Johnson says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for the book. I have so many recipes at home that I printed and they end up with spills and smudges, fold marks, tears.

  48. 48
    Mandy says:

    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!

  49. 49

    Congrats and Darn It! I was hoping to have that cake recipe by July 19th!!!!

  50. 50
    Christel says:

    Jenny, you rock! How awesome! I REALLY hope you’ll do a book signing tour, too! (I’m not far, just over the hills, in Vegas 😉 )

  51. 51
    Chelsea says:

    I can’t wait!! Congratulations.

  52. 52
    Marianne says:

    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!!

  53. 53
    Nicole says:

    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! 🙂

  54. 54
    Eva says:

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

  55. 55
    EatLiveRun says:

    Congrats, Jenny!! That’s awesome—I can’t wait to buy a copy!

  56. 56
    Heather says:

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

  57. 57
    Mary Kay says:

    2012 is too long to wait!!!!

  58. 58
    Leslie says:

    Congratulations Jenny!!!! I cannot wait for it to hit the bookshelves!! 🙂

  59. 59

    You deserve it! You are so creative! Looks amazing!

  60. 60
    Cheryl says:

    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.

  61. 61

    Wow, congratulations!! Can’t wait for 2012 when I can pick up a copy!!

  62. 62

    Congrats Jenny! I’m thrilled for you!

  63. 63
    Katrina says:

    Eeeeek! This is such exciting news. Can’t wait to get a copy!

  64. 64

    Congratulations! I love your blog and enjoy reading your posts. I’ll look forward to hearing more news of your cookbook!

  65. 65

    Local girl writes cookbook. Another local girl (Fountain Valley) BUYS cookbook! That would be me… can’t wait! XXOO

  66. 66
    Cecilia says:

    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!!

  67. 67
    Amanda says:

    Jenny! I am so incredibly excited for you! Can’t wait to see your book in the bookstore and pick one up off the shelf! 🙂

  68. 68

    Congrats! That is so awesome and what a great publisher!

  69. 69
    Kristen says:

    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!

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    sandi says:

    Congrats! thats awesome i have been telling everyone I know about your sight and you wonderful sinful recipes 🙂

  71. 71
    Kristen says:

    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. 🙂 I look forward to being able to get your cookbook over here one way or another!

    • 71.1
      Jenny says:

      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!

  72. 72
    Dawn Kesler says:

    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.

  73. 73
    Fuji Mama says:

    I have been waiting for this announcement! WAHOOOOO!!! 🙂 Can’t wait for the “birth” of your newest baby. 😉

  74. 74

    FunTastIc NeWs! So happy for you and well deserved! Brava and I can’t wait to buy it, help sell it, and applaud it! 😀

  75. 75

    Congratulations – How exciting. I love your recipes and all the great things you create. I can’t wait to buy the cookbook and come to a “book signing.”


  76. 76
    Kathy Gori says:

    congrats! I’ll be looking for it

  77. 77

    Wonderful!!!! Congratulations! Please let me know how I can help. xoxo

  78. 78

    I’m so excited for you, Jenny! You are a sweetheart and so talented, and deserve all the success that comes your way.

  79. 79
    Jaden says:

    Congrats, my friend!!!

  80. 80

    Congratulations!!! What a delight!

  81. 81
    Erin A says:

    Very exciting! Cannot wait to see and purchase the book!

  82. 82

    so super excited for you, can’t wait to see it!!!

  83. 83
    Shelby says:

    Congrats Jenny! I’m so happy for you!!

  84. 84
    JulieS says:

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

  85. 85
    Madeleine says:

    Congratulations on this great achievement! I’ll check it out for sure once its published.

  86. 86
    Season says:

    So exciting Jenny! It all looks so great! Can’t wait for 2012!!!

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    Chelsea says:

    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??

  88. 88

    Congratulations Jenny! How exciting!! I can’t wait to add it to my collection. I know it’ll be a hit 🙂

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    Lanell says:

    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.

  90. 90
    Eileen says:

    Congratulations 🙂 I can’t wait for it to come out, everything you do is amazing!

  91. 91
    Tracy says:

    So exciting!!

  92. 92
    Rachel Rose says:

    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!

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    marla says:

    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

  94. 94
    leslie says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!! So proud!

  95. 95
    Pattyann says:

    OH, I can’t wait to see this book when it comes out! I love your site and can’t wait to see your recipes.

  96. 96
    Tanya says:

    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.


  97. 97
    Jamie says:

    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.

  98. 98
    Rachelle says:

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

  99. 99

    Congrats Jenny! This is such wonderful and exciting news! I actually saw you on Food Network the other day competing in the burger challenge. I can’t wait to see your cookbook. Take care!

  100. 100
    Natalie says:

    WOW that is GREAT!!! Hope you will beable to send me a copy in South Africa!!

  101. 101
    Eileen says:

    Congrats! I’m sure it will be a huge success.

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    Amanda says:

    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!

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    Carol says:

    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,


  104. 104
    Suzanne says:

    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!

  105. 105

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see your cookbook. I know it will be amazing!

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    Joanna from Colorado says:

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

    I’ve only gotten as far as LOL

    Good job!

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    Casey says:

    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!

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    Casey says:

    INSPIRED I was sooo excited I typed too fast 🙂

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    Robin says:

    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!

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    Mandy says:

    Can’t wait for it to come out!!

  111. 111

    well congratulations! it’s practically a dream for any true foodie out there. You did good! (:

  112. 112

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your final product!!

  113. 113
    Kim in MD says:

    Congratulations, Jenny! I can’t wait to purchase your cookbook!

  114. 114

    Congratilations! I am excited to own this book!

  115. 115
    Sues says:

    I’m SO excited for you! I’m a huge fan of your blog and can’t wait to see your book in hard-copy 🙂 🙂

  116. 116
    Jasmyne Jackson says:

    Congratulations!! I’ve enjoyed your recipes. I will definitely be purchasing this cookbook.

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    Kat says:

    Congratulations!!! Your food always looks so good. How exciting!!! 🙂

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    Casey says:

    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!

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    KYLIA says:

    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!

  120. 120

    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 🙂

  121. 121
    Aubry T says:

    Congratulations, Jenny! That is awesome and I will definitely be purchasing your cookbook. Yum!

  122. 122
    Ljo says:

    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! 🙂

    • 122.1
      Jenny says:

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

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    JulieD says:

    How exciting and fun! Congratulations, it’s well-deserved!!!

  124. 124
    Tammy says:

    Congratulations!!!! That’ is just great!!!! Can’t wait until I comes out and I can buy one!!! 🙂

  125. 125
    Meghan says:

    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

  126. 126
    Beth D. says:

    So excited for you! Yay for cookbooks…a dream of mine too someday. For sure I will be getting yours…can’t wait! 🙂

  127. 127
    Julie says:

    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.

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    Shirley says:

    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!!

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    Kate says:

    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!

  130. 130
    Jill says:

    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.

  131. 131

    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!!

  132. 132
    Beth says:

    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!

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    Samantha says:

    I cannot wait for your cook book! Please let us know when and were we can order it!

  134. 134
    Johnny says:

    This page certainly has all of the information and facts I wanted concerning this subject and
    didn’t know who to ask.

Jenny Flake

Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!