Secrets, Desserts and Dreams Come True

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by Carol Kicinski on August 27, 2009

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For the past couple of weeks I have been keeping a secret. Actually I am really good at keeping secrets – other people’s secrets that is.

Miss A. accidentally lets it slip she has been harboring an enormous and surreptitious crush on Mr. X for years, I won’t say a peep. Got a nose job when you were 16? No one will ever hear it from me. Those missile launch codes? I’ll take them to my grave.

But my own secrets are a little harder to keep, especially when they are really, really great! So it is with great relief that I can finally let this one out to the world.

Are you ready?

And it’s not with an obscure health-oriented publisher for the typical gluten free cookbook; printed on inexpensive paper with no photos, marketed for hippy girl or allergy girl.

This is with a big AWESOME publisher, Thomas Dunne Books a division of St. Martin’s Press. Here is what wikipedia has to say about them:

“St. Martin’s Press is one of the United States’ largest publishers, bringing to the public some 700 titles a year under eight imprints, which include St. Martin’s Press (mainstream and bestseller books), St. Martin’s Griffin (mainstream paperback books, including science fiction and romance), St. Martin’s Minotaur (mystery, suspense, and thrillers), Picador (specialty books), Thomas Dunne Books (suspense and mainstream), and Truman Talley Books (business and speciality books).”

We are talking mainstream baby!

Thomas Dunne Books took a chance on Jeff Hertzbeg and Zoe Francois with phenomenal success for the best selling book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and now they are taking a chance on me.

This is going to be a beautiful, glossy, gluten free dessert cookbook with tons of photos. This is going to be the kind of cookbook I would buy.

I am so grateful to Thomas Dunne books for recognizing the fact that the gluten intolerant are not second class citizens and that we deserve to have really beautiful, high quality cookbooks.

I am also grateful to you, my wonderful blog readers because without this blog, the book would not be becoming a reality.

So for the next few moths I will be developing, cooking and photographing desserts like crazy – yes I am doing the photography for this book as well. I’m gonna be busy and I’m gonna have to exercise like mad to keep from gaining 20 pounds but I am not going to neglect the blog.

I have come to realize that blogs are where dreams really can come true!

I hope you will enjoy taking this next part of the gluten free journey with me.



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[email protected] Cutting Edge of Ordinary August 27, 2009 at 9:11 am

CONGRATS! There is no one that deserves it more!! Yeah for you!


bleubird August 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

that is amazing!!! congrats!



Madison August 27, 2009 at 9:27 am



Lauren August 27, 2009 at 9:30 am

No Way!! Congratulations!! Thats amazing!!! Can't wait to see the book =D.


SteamyKitchen August 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

Wow, congratulations!!!! I'm SO proud of you. Remember some of our first talks!?


withoutadornment August 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

Congratulations! That is pretty exciting! :)


The Short (dis)Order Cook August 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

Congrats to you. That is wonderful! Your recipes are wonderful and they will make a book that many will be thrilled to use.


Jennifer August 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

Congrats!! You will autograph my copy right?


Daily Spud August 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Oh Carol, I am *so* happy for you. I can think of nobody better to produce a drop-dead gorgeous gluten-free cookbook. Can I put in my order for an advance copy now? :)


Steph August 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

How exciting! I can't wait to own a copy!!!


chef gui August 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm


Congratulations on your book deal! This is fantastic for you and all I have to say is that you deserve it.

Talk soon. See you at Pangea.

chef gui


RecipeGirl August 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Woo hooooooo!!! SOOOO exciting Carol! Congratulations XOXOXO


Sheltie Girl August 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Congratulations!!! I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to see what your cook book will be about.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go


Karen August 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm

This is very exciting news! Congratulations to you for your deal, and I want one of those books hot off the press!


tastyeatsathome August 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

OMG I am so excited for you! Congratulations. I want to reserve my copy!


Peter G August 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Congratulations Carol! This is absolutely the best news! You must be over the moon about it. I can hardly wait to see it!


Katrina August 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm

That is amazing!!! Congratulations!


Naomi Devlin August 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Wow! Wow! I'm so thrilled for you. You will write a kick ass cookbook, oozing with panache. Nobody deserves this more than you.

We'll watch this space with taste buds at the ready.
x x x


Sandy August 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so exciting!
Congratulations!! You are truly an amazing individual, but then I've know that for many years. Best of luck! Go get 'em!!


bee August 27, 2009 at 3:06 pm

congratulations!!!!!! i am elated for you. here's waiting for your kickass cookbook!!!


Iris August 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Wow! Congratulations! You deserve it…Can't wait for it to come out!


H.Peter August 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

My name is Peter and I can't wait for the signed, personalized copy of your book.



Jas. August 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm

congratulations! It'll be so fantastic – the photos and the recipes people will eat it right up!


Children's books fan August 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm

This is a great site. Wow, you really are helping people with this information. There is a lady I help out and she is an author and she also interviews companies and reviews GF products etc. I think you two should definitely hook up. She actually refers other helpful GF bloggers and sites on her gluten free blog and her gluten free site too. Let me know if you’d like to hook up and I can let her know. I think she would be interested in referring your site. Would you be interested in referring hers too? Thanks, Rosie


Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) August 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Congrats, Carol! WOW! You absolutely deserve it. It is an incredible accomplishment and I am thrilled for you. I can't wait to see your final product. I am sure you will help so many people, too.


toni August 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!! Over the top, Carol! Can't wait to see it on the shelves.


Dr. Jean Layton August 27, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Fabulous! So glad for you and can't wait to get it on my shelf. Any idea when the publishing date might be?
Want to come up to our community awareness day to share about it?


Carrie August 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

I'm completely thrilled for you Carol!!! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see your dessert book!! Then you need to write a Mexican GF cookbook! ;-) You deserve it gal!! Congrats!!


Lea Ray August 28, 2009 at 5:58 am



Jeanine August 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

Woohoo! Congratulations, I know it will be a fantastic cookbook (and I can't wait to buy it!). :)


Ethan August 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

That's awesome! Congratulations. Your recipes are delicious!


thewholegang August 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Carol- You ROCK!!!!! Congratulations. You're living the dream girl. Take in every moment and savor it. Then you won't notice all of the hard work. Take pictures of the process, especially when you hold your book in your hands.

Now enlist some help in eating all of that food and have fun!!!!!!


Tiina August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Wow! That is great! Congratulations on your book deal!



Emilia August 29, 2009 at 3:42 am

Congratulations Carol!

That's great news :)


Mrs. Ed August 29, 2009 at 6:34 am

Congrats! Great news for you…and me! I can look forward to adding another great cookbook to my collection.


gfe--gluten free easily August 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Wow, Carol, I am SO EXCITED for you!! That's really wonderful news for you and all of us! :-) Oh, and great picture of you, too. You've let your hair grow out a little and I didn't know you could jump that high! ;-)



Cynthia August 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I am grinning with the pleasure of this fantastic news! Congratulations honey! Way to go!


Gluten free Kay August 31, 2009 at 6:49 am

How exciting for you and ALL of us!

When you get around to the marketing plan, here's an idea: Team up with 2 or 3 other gluten free cookbook authors and offer a packaged set TO RESTAURANTS AND CHEF SCHOOLS. Maybe you could even provide freebies to school home ec teachers.

Thanks for working to take the mystery out of gluten free living!


Alisa - Go Dairy Free August 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Congratulations Carol! That is amazing! You certainly deserve it.


shivani September 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I can't wait to order the book.
Best Wishes


Jennifer Carden September 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Congrats, writing and photographing a book is lots of fun, you will love it!


trishtator September 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Congrats on your cookbook deal. I sure enjoy your blog. :)


Absolutely Not Martha September 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

simply awesome.


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