A Chunk of My Creative Soul

Sep 1, 2015 | Recipes | 22 comments

You’ll have to humour me as I talk about my book again.

I miss my blog so much. Had I thought better I might have written a handful of posts in advance for months like last month. Truth be told, I’m giving this cookbook everything I’ve got creatively. So often for me creativity births more creativity but at the end of the day when I could/should squeeze in a new blog post, I’m just creatively…SHOT.

There are parts of me that think there is no way in Hades I can stage one more recipe. No way I can arrange another toast point or piece of meat. My chapter called “The Home Dairy”???… well, it’s killing me. So much white. So much white. But I suppose that’s the nature of dairy… nes pas?

This cookbook is the BIGGEST things I’ve ever done, it’s the longest project I’ve every tackled. I’m a “knock it out of the park” kind of girl and I’ve been working on this thing for over a year… I can’t even believe it’s held my attention span that long.

But it has.

Because I want you to love it.


I just want you to love it.

Cookbook Photos

I feel like I am putting this huge part of my creative soul on the line and standing there like an eager child ready to say, “Well, what do you think?”

I’m terrified. Because I’m giving it everything I have.

I want you to sit down with it under a blanket on the couch this winter, to sigh at pretty pictures of farm life and feel transported by some of my favourite meals I’ve had in France and come home to recreate. I want it to feel more like a coffee table book… like your favourite picture book and cook book rolled into one.

I’m way to big for my britches.

Who am I to write a cookbook? I don’t really know what the “H” I am doing. Good lord, I have to edit this thing… and INDEX it! I don’t know the first thing about indexing…. or margins… or bleed lines…  I’m just trying to create beauty on every stinking page.

And who suffers? Parisienne Farmgirl.  My poor, little-neglected blog.

I hope and pray you’ll hang in there with me. I promise… it’s going to be worth it.

At least I hope you think so.

Thanks for reading. Amitiés!!! Angela Parisienne Farmgirl



  1. Joannah

    I understand, and I’m looking forward to seeing your book. 🙂

  2. Robin

    Come on now, you worry too much ! We’re not going anywhere! We love you and we will be patient !We can’t wait to get our hands on this book !

  3. Rosa

    I LOVE a good cookbook! I can’t wait until yours comes out.
    There’s a time and a season right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself. . . I’m finally, FINALLY, getting back to my blog but only because my new daughter-in-law offered to be my intern 4 afternoons a week. It’s the only way I can make it work. And MY kids are all grown up . . .! I don’t know how you do it. 😀

  4. mandy

    yes, but it will be so freakin’ awesome when it’s done! If you need help editing or anything, let me know 🙂

  5. Lori Barre

    cant wait to snuggle up this cold, rainy winter and read it 🙂

  6. Nita Hiltner

    i will wait for your cookbook, your magazine, your next blog, no matter how long they take.

  7. Lori Aguirre

    It will be great! and at the end of the day, you can say “I did this.” You can always tell when someone gives half hearted or if their soul was really into it. And I believe we will see your soul. Keep at it girl! the light is at the end.

  8. Jenny N

    Sounds Awesome, where do I pre-order!

  9. Christi {Jealous Hands}

    We will still be here! And, I can’t wait to see your book. I just know it will be amazing!

  10. Becca

    No fretting! We are patiently excited to see your cookbook when it is ready. Your blog, your life are an inspiration. Your cookbook will be no less. Praying for your days to be full of life and for that to overflow onto the pages for the rest of us to enjoy.

  11. Pam Moore

    Well, I for one can’t wait for it to come out. Every recipe of yours I’ve ever made has been a big hit. You have such a talent for capturing your world through photos, so I’m sure it’s going to be beyond lovely!

  12. Sue Neitzel

    It WILL be worth it, your dedication proves that! I can’t wait!

  13. katzcradul

    Relax. I’ve edited two cookbooks. You’re right. It’s really hard work to pull one together. It can be maddening in fact. Don’t worry. You haven’t gotten ‘too’ big for your britches. ; ) We’ll be here when you’re finished.

    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      Oh great… a pro. Now I’m REALLY nervous!
      Wondered if you might have a referral for someone who could “affordably” index this beast for me!

  14. pamela

    I completely understand I am in the final edits of a novel I have written. Shew….I am very much looking forward to your cookbook not so much for the eats but for the visible treats. Your blog is a walk through beauty. I love how you celebrate beauty and appreciate blooming where you are planted. I don’t even know where I stumbled across your blog but glad I did. Keep pressing on! I am going to purchase your books for Christmas presents!

  15. Danaleigh

    I love your style of creativity.
    I cannot wait to buy your book.
    Prayers for peace to enjoy the process of writing it.

  16. Kathy

    I am looking forward to reading your cookbook. Best of Luck!

  17. Prince Snow Farm

    I LOVE that you are writing a cookbook. And your blog…GORGEOUS! So glad to have found it!

  18. Leslie

    You are too cute! I just found you on this blog . . . and I’m here to stay. I love your writing style and your zest for life . . . and even as a newcomer, can’t wait to see the book. Take your time and be careful with your baby.

  19. Dore

    Looking forward to it Angela,
    When it arrives it will be well received.



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