What inspired you to write your book?
There’s an interest in soap that looks like food from desserts [cupcakes, soapcakes, ice cream] to other items such as toast, bacon, fried eggs, etc. Also, I think a lot of soap contains food: coconut, peaches, beer, milk, etc., so that wasn’t much of a stretch to provide recipes that contain actual food items.
About your Book:
Create stunning soap that looks like food – or contains various fruits and vegetables. Working with melt and pour and/or hand-milled soap bases, you can easily craft your own soap in less than an hour. In Fun Foodie Soap Crafting, you’ll receive more than a dozen original and tested recipes, pretty packaging and labeling tips, 40+ photos, mistakes to avoid, and numerous supplier resources.
Craft or Tutorial Genre
Sample From Book
CHAPTER 1 ~
Be a Fun Foodie Soap Crafter!
Initially, this book was going to be all about soap crafting for the frugal. The problem is, I’m not a frugal person when it comes to soap crafting. For me, it’s worth it to spend a certain amount of money to get the right ingredient or mold or whatever’s needed to make soap. Sure, if it’s on sale, that’s a bonus. I’ve even stocked up on ingredients that are on sale that I ended up giving away because I had no use for them.
Then I thought about supermarket soaping and essentially that’s what this book is all about – using ingredients that you can find in your local supermarket. I’m a fan of watching cooking and baking shows. So, I’ve learned a lot about the process a chef goes through to make an exquisite dinner or a show stopping dessert. Yes, I’ve watched Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Food Network Star, Cake Boss, and Save My Bakery—along with several other foodie type shows on various channels. I’ve seen people cook in fancy restaurant kitchens, in small food trucks and over campfires and grills. And that’s when it hit me, write a book that’s dedicated to those who love food AND soap!
What you’ll see in Fun Foodie Soap Crafting is food that can be added to soap and soap that looks like food. There’s a special section on pretty packaging and labeling so you can present your soapy gifts, and much more. As with my other soap crafting books, all the recipes have been tested. I’ve even tried using a new soap base so that I can offer feedback on it for those of you who want to try it.
There are so many different varieties of soap we can make, so many endless combinations, so much room to harness our creativity. As always, I encourage this as it benefits your creative side and those who use your soapy products. Fun foodie soap crafting is a great way to spend time with an interested child and give them the opportunity to learn a new skill. It’s great for people of all ages to make and later package as gifts for just about any occasion. Finally, you might want to make lots more soap after trying this wonderful hobby. I say, go for it!
What formats are your books in: eBook
How do you see writing a a craft book or tutorial as different from writing other genres of books?
It has to be accurate! Recipes must be tested. The writing should be factual, of course, but written in a friendly manner like you’re talking on the phone to your best friend and are giving them the recipe/information they need. Lately, there are a slew of recipe books out there that are basically just “borrowed” from websites. To be frank, the authors are plagiarizing content. When I want to read a crafts and hobby type of book I always look for photos and for the author’s background. Those that have been involved in their field are the ones that I’ll read.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a craft book or tutorial
Be as upfront as possible. If you’ve made mistakes write about them — it’s a great way to help a reader/crafter out. Or refer to it as troubleshooting tips. Also, write from the perspective that the reader is a newbie–even if they’re an advanced practitioner of the craft.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
As indicated in the first chapter, it was going to be about frugal soap crafting. But I’m not frugal when it comes to this hobby — I’ll spend the money where it needs to be spent. I thought foodie soaps are very attractive and eye catching and there aren’t too many books on the subject.
Liaa Maliga Bio:
Lisa Maliga has held a variety of jobs from drug and discount store cashier, library clerk, telemarketer, store detective, bakery counter assistant, and Hollywood office temp. She’s also worked in the fields of construction, banking, insurance, and as a bath and body products designer. From 2004 to 2009 she ran the online shop, EverythingShea.com. She still makes and uses her own soapy creations.
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