Cookbook of The Month, Reviews and Launch

Phew what a crazy week. Last Thursday I launched my book, just two days after the launch the book got awarded to Cookbook of the month April in The Netherlands and Belgium and just now all the reviews are streaming in and they are just lovely. Just super duper lovely.

I'm not a nervous person by nature. I do not mind to speak in front of loads of people, show my emotions and share my flaws. I did however went to my doctor two days before the launch as I was having such massively painful stomach cramps almost every day for two weeks around 16:30 (?) He didn't really know what the problem was so he gave me a prescription to soothe the cramps. I didn't pick up the pills as I do not like pills and miraculously one day after the launch the pains were gone. Ooooooooh la-la my inner self was nervous and my outer self did not know. So I figured out that really deep down I do get nervous.

I guess it's the fear of reaction, will people like it, will people buy it? So far so good ...

Sissy-Boy is doing amazing displaying and selling the book. The Instagram #yvestownindekeuken is just so wonderful. People are taking so much effort in photographing the book and the recipes they've made. There are some fun photos of the launch but also behind the scenes.

Please read these wonderful reviews and launch reports:

Thank you all for participating in the Yvestown for Sissy-Boy Giveaway. I'll draw a winner later today so you still have time to enter.

Yvestown for Sissy-Boy Giveaway

Today is MY BIG day, today is the launch of my very first book at a very cool location. Sissy-Boy Homeland at KNSM-laan is one of my favourite places in the world so I couldn't be happier to launch my book there.

To celebrate the launch Sissy-Boy is giving away this pretty pile of goods. Containing my book (in Dutch) 3 of the Yvestown for Sissy-Boy tea towels and 3 Riess pans as seen in the picture.

All you have to do is like Sissy-Boy on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and leave a comment on this post. I'll draw one lucky winner on Monday April 7 18:00 CET.

This giveaway is now closed!

I hope to see you guys today in Amsterdam. If you can't make it to Amsterdam check my events page as I'll be signing in more SB stores over the next few weeks. I wish to celebrate with all of you as you've made this book possible. Love you all xox

My First Book

Yesterday was a good day. Roel (the designer of the book and BFF) and I drove to the beautiful office of my publishers in Utrecht to collect the very first book, my very first book - SHUT UP!! I'm just so excited.

It was such a joyous moment when Claudette (one of the publishers) revealed the book to Roel and I from under a Yvestown for Sissy-Boy tea towel, how surreal. It's beyond our exceptions, it's perfect and the inside is even better. So much hard work in too little time was laying there, staring at us on the table.

I of course got emotional as it's such a big deal to me to have finally reached this part of my life where I find myself capable of writing a book. This may sound a bit deep, but I do feel that we all walk paths in our lives and that it takes lots of walks to get to that part where you want to be. Some of my steps were baby steps and some were giant steps. This by far was a giant step and I pulled it off in 5 months, with the help of one person that has been so dear to me for so many years.

I know that a few people who know me (a little) didn't foresee this step I've made as there are always Nay-Sayers in ones life.

Most of you don't know me personally but if you get to know me you'll notice quite quickly that I speak quite a lot about all sorts of things. They do say that people who talk a lot are not to be trusted and I do happen to find that people quite often don't really believe my blah blah as there's so much of it. But let me tell you this, if you live up to all your blah blah you'll blow all these people away. Honestly I love people who live in air castles, who have big dreams and lots of blah blah. It's all about setting impossible goals and making them real, sod your nay sayers!!

Once again the book will be for sale exclusively on the 27th of March in all the Sissy-Boy Homeland stores throughout The Netherlands and Belgium and on the 28th of March it will be for sale everywhere. So people who've made a pre-order, your book will be send on the 28th of March.

And *drum roll* the English translation (Yvestown in the Kitchen) for the USA market will be released January 2015.

Dream big right, for this simple Dutch girl living in her own air castle!!

FYI: you can buy the wooden bird from artist Anna Wiscombe.

Sissy-Boy and Yvestown

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Happy Monday!!!

Let me start the week by sharing some exciting news about the collaboration my publisher and I made with Sissy-Boy. For those of you living outside The Netherlands and Belgium let me explain what Sissy-Boy is. Sissy-Boy is an all Dutch concept store divided over three main activities. There's Sissy-Boy Homeland for home dΓ©cor, Sissy-Boy Fashion for clothes and Sissy-Boy Daily for food. Not all shops house those 3 activities mostly the stores in larger cities do.

The stores are amazing, selling all sorts of beautiful and honest products. And as of the 27th of March all of the Homeland stores will sell my book - EEK! And if that's not enough they have made a special Yvestown in de keuken tea towel to celebrate the launch. It comes in three colours; pink, green and blue. The tea towels will sell for about €4.95 (it's a steal) in all the homeland stores and in my web shop for those of you who can't make it to Sissy-Boy.

The launch party will be on the 27th between 16:00 and 18:00. I'll be signing the book between 18:00 and 19:00 and you'll be able to buy a tea towel in the Sissy-Boy store on the Java Island in Amsterdam.

After the 27th I'll be signing my book in another 6 Sissy-Boy Homeland stores. You can find the dates and stores on the event page. It would be really great to meet you there as often enough I never get the chance to meet you and I would LOVE TO MEET YOU, I'll promise to bring cake.

Book Sneak Peek

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Just a footnote

It's a DUTCH book in The Netherlands we use the 's to multiply ... so one pizza, two pizza's one photo (foto), two photo's (foto's). Thanks to those for your concern.

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Hello, I'm so excited to share the first sneak peek pages of my upcoming book Yvestown in de Keuken, which means Yvestown in the Kitchen in Dutch. Hopefully released really soon in English. I shall keep all my English readers up to date on this blog about future book releases. Today's post is for all of  my Dutch readers.

The book will be released on the 27th of March 2014 in all Sissy-Boy stores throughout The Netherlands and Belgium. On the 28th of March 2014 the book will be for sale online and in stores. I'm going to tell you all about Sissy-Boy another day as it deserves a post on it's own.

You can pre-order a copy of the book on Bol or Bruna and for my Belgian friends on Standaard. For people in the rest of the world, who can't wait and wish to own a Dutch copy, try Amazon.co.uk.

But, if you wish something really special like a signed book with a free set of postcards, buy the book directly from my own shop.

I hope you like it, would love to hear your comments.

Yvestown in The Kitchen Book Cover

Today I'm super excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming book 'Yvestown in de Keuken' - Yvestown in The Kitchen. Without spoiling the content, it's a cookbook+ packed with 50 easy everyday recipes and 13 beautiful kitchens of my food loving friends and family spread over 272 pages.

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TA-DA one with and one without the promotional sleeve.

I've been wanting to make a book for quite a while but my ideas don't really match the current "stuffy" book industry. The idea of combining food with interiors may sound simple but it isn't for bookshops as there's no category "Food & Interiors". In the end I teamed up with Uitgeverij Snor, an edgy Dutch publishing house, with "out of the box ideas". I love the line Queen Latifah quotes in the film 'The Secret Life of Bees' when her autistic sons says; "but mom I don't fit in any box", "well son then they have to build a bigger box". Snor is building bigger boxes people.

As for the design my friend, Roel, and I wanted to create something old fashioned yet timeless. I definitely didn't want an image cover as I always love books with a graphic cover. The inside is even better ....

The book will be in shops in The Netherlands and Belgium in March 2014. Hopefully soon after it's official release it will be available in more languages and in more countries. I'll keep you posted here and over at books.yvestown.com

But for now I'm dead chuffed, tired, satisfied and ready to go back on a diet. Did you know that making a cookbook puts on 8 kilo?

I would love to hear your feedback.