*drum roll, please*
I'm very excited to announce that the first PGEW book, Poor Girl Eats Well - To Go, is officially available for pre-orders today! Though I'd hoped to have my copies ready to go today, there were some issues w/the printing & binding, so they won't be available to send out (or even show you, meh) until next Monday. However, I told you this would be ready to order today, and I did not want to leave all of you hanging!
I am rather proud of my first little self-publication. As I mentioned in the last post, it's nothing fancy at all - no glossy pages and swanky hardcovers here (I mean, let's face it: I'm poor and almost unemployed!). But it's still quality, with all the fun writing and great pictures you've come to expect from yours truly. I put a lot of work into this, and even though many of the recipes have already been featured on the site, working on the layout, the cover design, etc., were definite challenges, especially considering I have never done this before. I've learned a lot, though, and now know what to expect when I start work on the "real" Poor Girl Eats Well book, which I hope to have out sometime next year.
All that aside, let me give you some of the details of the book. It features 13 recipes, ten of which you fine folks helped me choose, three of which are brand spankin' new and not on this site at all (though if you like 'em enough, I may just have to post them), as well as three tips - some old, some new - to bring both you, my loyal readers, and some new folks the full PGEW experience. I realized that there are a lot of folks who may not live online like I do, but who could still benefit from some of these affordable meals and little pearls of wisdom that I like to post on my little blog, and even if I have great plans for the big book, I thought this would be a good time to spread the PGEW word to the masses. I've made it on the small side so it's easy to access in the kitchen (laptops and cutting boards just don't mix) and handy enough to take to work, in case you're ever faced with a what-do-I-have-for-lunch-today dilemma, hence the title, PGEW To Go.
Favorites like the Shrimp with Warm Pepper-Pineapple Relish and My Favorite Grilled Steak Sandwiches are included in the recipe section, as well as some other tried & true desserts, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items. The tips section features the very popular Buy What You Need, But Need What You Buy and Find Your Bare Bones Staples (and of course, the new one that you'll just have to read about in the book!). I tried to find the best of my old & new tips so that everyone can be reminded of some of the philosophies behind eating as well as possible even if one is as broke as can be. New readers of PGEW probably don't delve too deeply into the older postings, so this is my way of bringing those old tips to a fresh audience.
To pre-order, simply click on the Buy Now button at the top left of the page, and you will be taken to a secure Google Checkout page to complete your order. Nervous about doing the online ordering thing? No worries! Send me an email with your shipping information and how many books you would like, I will then send you an email invoice, and you can pay by money order or check. Sacramento locals, you can skip the shipping fees (and meet your favorite local food blogger, lol) and pick up your books if you like.
And remember, at just $10 each (that's less than $1/recipe!), you're not just getting some great ideas and advice, you're also getting the perfect stocking stuffer or white elephant gift for those holiday parties that will creep up on us any second now!
Thanks again for ALL of your positive comments and awesome support. You are the greatest fans out there and though I doubt I would stop this anytime soon, you give me the motivation to keep bringing you delicious, most-of-the-time healthy, and all-of-the-time affordable meal ideas. This is just the beginning for me and my little endeavor as an author, and I couldn't have done it without you! *end sappy moment* ;)