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I spent 25 years as a senior financial executive, and liked to cook to relieve stress. What inspired this book was the idea of providing a guide for hosts who love to cook, and eat. Cook the Part applies the principles of teamwork, delegation, mentoring and project planning that I learned in the Boardroom to the art of cooking. You don’t have to be an experienced chef to tackle any of the menus in this book because the recipes are broken down into simple steps. Each guest lends a hand toward a common culinary goal in a fun and relaxed environment.
About your Book:
COOK THE PART is much more than a collection of recipes; it’s an entertaining revolution. This cookbook allows anyone, even the inexperienced, to host dinner parties that will leave guests talking for months. The secret ingredient to your success is the perfect plan.
COOK THE PART provides eight themed menus divided into parts. Your guests work in teams to cook a part of a fabulous four-course meal. The experience is fun, interactive and delicious.
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
Here’s the Way it Works:
Begin by making a guest list and choosing one of the themed menus. Once you decide on the menu and your guests, set the date and send out an enticing invitation. I find it helpful to assign the teams and to send a copy of the chapter to my guests in advance. Be sure to read the section entitled “Forming Teams” before you assign your guests to a team. You may copy the selected themed chapter from the book and provide a copy to each of your guests. Guests may want to take the time to read through the instructions before arriving at your party. Even if the instructions are sent to guests in advance, it is important for the host to review the instructions with all guests upon their arrival. Carefully read through the recipes, the Master Plan and Team Plans for your selected menu before working on the details of your cooking party.
Each recipe is divided into numbered steps. Each step is assigned to either the Host or one of the Teams. The recipes provide all the detailed instructions.
The Team Plan:
The Team Plan includes important information for the Host and each cooking Team. The Host will use the team plan to determine workstations required by each team (counter area, stovetop, etc.) The Host will also refer to the Team Plan to lay out cooking tools and ingredients for each team. The Teams will follow the Team Plan, working on each of the recipe steps assigned to their team during the timeline indicated. The teams must follow the detailed instructions in the recipe, but refer to the Team Plan for timing and an overview of their assignments.
The Master Plan:
The Master Plan provides information to the Host on the advance preparation required, both general and menu-specific. The Master Plan also provides an overview of all the assignments given to each team in each timeslot. It is the responsibility of the host to coordinate the final timing for each course by checking in with each team as the evening progresses.
What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
This is my first book. My other writing is generally business writing, so this was a lot more fun!
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
Have appropriate expectations. It takes longer to promote your book than it takes to write it!
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My book was published by Crosswalk Press, an independent publishing company in San Diego that has also published an award-winning historical biography, and will shortly publish a business book geared toward women. Going with an independent publisher allowed me to maintain control over the content and appearance of my book while still providing me with some expertise that I didn’t have.
For over 25 years, Karin was a senior financial executive in several life sciences companies. Having retired from day-to-day management of such companies, she returned to her passion: Cooking and entertaining. Applying a skill that made her successful in business, she created Cook the Part, a new kind of cookbook that breaks down a 4-course meal into tasks that can be performed by groups of 4-12 people to create a delicious, gourmet meal everyone can enjoy together.
In addition to being a Co-Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2012 Independent Publishing Book Award (IPPY) competition for COOK THE PART, Karin has also been recognized with several other awards, including:
San Diego Women Who Mean Business 2004
UCSD Athena Technology Pinnacle Award 2007
Corporate Directors Forum Director of the Year Award 2007