April 10, 2013

A Book

April 10, 2013
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Six months ago you kindly gave me feedback about writing a cookbook. Your encouragement and ideas weighted in deciding whether to take up the task or not. Three publishers had approached me months earlier but, as usual, I hesitated to commit. In November, finally, I abandoned my reluctance and, by December, was developing and testing recipes.
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The book will be published and distributed in 2015 by Roost Books, an offspring of Shambhala Publications whose focus has been on bringing an enlightened approach to life, through literature, for more than forty years. I’m comfortable knowing our values are similar.

It will be a coffee-table book with 108 illustrated recipes that will address the goodness of vegetarian diet and, also, the concept of cultivating consciousness compatible with the skill of cooking. I will explore the subject of preparing, serving and enjoying food, not only as a sensual and social experience but as a spiritual and transcendental reciprocation and love. It will open, hopefully, a new angle to culinary discussion and purify the palate for thought, too.
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Until the end of this year I will be writing the content and photographing the recipes. Like during the past two weeks, there will be periods I won’t have time to update the blog. I’ll try my best but, please, bear with me if I fail to post every week. After I hand in the manuscript, I will fully resume the blog responsibilities again.

Thank you.


105 comments:

  1. I am so happy to hear that!! Will miss you here but on the other side can't wait to see a book!!

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  2. Congratulations! It had to happen and I cannot wait to have the book on my table and in my hands. It will be the best food book I have and will ever own.

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  3. Congrats! What great news.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Congratulation my friend, this is a great news. Somehow I had the feeling that this is what keeping you busy, when you gave me a hint about the project you're working on. I'm signing up for a dedicated copy now :)

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  5. Paljon onnea!!This is a fantastic news, can't wait for the book to published i have copy of it in my hand and slip through it :)

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  6. I am so happy you are doing this! I seriously can't wait to flip the pages and get lost in your ideas and thoughts, like I do every time I visit your blog. Congrats Lakshmi :)

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  7. Ohh, The Book! Great news. My must have in 2015!

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  8. Congrats and good luck with the manuscript. I can't wait to see the finished book!

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  9. Congratulations! That's wonderful news. It just so happens that I'm coffee table shopping this week...and I think I know what I'll put on it...well, once 2015 comes around. Best of luck testing and photographing. Your blog is a total treat and I'm sure the book will be no different.

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  10. Congrats and all the best. That's a wonderful news and cannot wait to see the book !!!!your site is always feast for eyes....

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  11. Congratulations... I am so looking forward to have a copy of your book in my hand. I love and admire your work.

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  12. Bravo!!! I can't wait to hold your book in my hands,not only because of great recipes and photos but for the story , words and life philosophy! So happy for you!

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  13. Bravo!!! I can't wait to hold your book in my hands,not only because of great recipes and photos but for the story , words and life philosophy! So happy for you!

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  14. Wonderful news, Congrats. Looking forward to your book:-)

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  15. yeeey, I'm really looking forward to it. Great for you and for us - readers, congratulations :)

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  16. Thrilled to hear of this new avenue for your beautiful work. Congrats and all the best!

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  17. Congratulations Lakshmi! I am glad you decided to go ahead! :)

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  18. Awesome news love! Huge congrats and good luck with everything. My manuscript is nearly due so I fully understand how busy you must be and why you won't be able to keep up with regular posting. All the best. Love + light xx emm

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  19. Congratulations Laxmi. have been following you for a longest time and the announcement about this book makes me so happy. cant wait to have my copy.

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  20. This is fantastic news! I shall be waiting quite longingly for this. Good luck with everything! :)

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  21. Congratulations Lakshmi!
    I can't wait to get my copy and enjoy its beauty....
    We all understand how much time consuming the whole process is so take ur time and we will wait here for it.

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  22. Congratulations ...Its so good to know , Hope to see great book like your blog. Will wait patiently for it.
    All the best !

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  23. Hearty Congratulations! Lakshmi..
    I will miss your posts for sure, but cannot wait for your book!

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  24. Hearty congratulations Lakshmi. I can't wait to get hold of your book :)

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  25. a po polsku?Jest szansa na Polska wersje ?

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    1. Jeżeli będzie zainteresowanie ze strony polskich wydawnictw i taka potrzeba, to ja sam przetłumaczę książkę mojej żony.

      English translation: If there is an interest and a need then I will translate my wife's book into Polish.

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    2. ojej ale by było pięknie , bo ja uwielbiam zdjecia twojej zony i przepisy tez

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  26. Congratulations, Lakshmi. Can't wait for the book to be out. :)

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  27. Not surprising at all Lakshmi. Congratulations friend! You deserve the best and this is just the start. Your work and ethics are inspiring. And yes, a signed copy for me please :)

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  28. Wow, congrats Lakshmi! The blog can wait..or rather we can wait for the blog but not for a 'Book' from you...eagerly awaiting the release. Best wishes for your venture. Warm hugs.

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  29. Congratulations Lakshmi, this is a very well deserved achievement!
    Good luck, can't wait to see the book out
    Barbara

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  30. I hope your book will be available in SA! :) Congratulations! That is awesome!!

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  31. tous mes voeux de réussite ! votre talent sera mis en valeur ... je suis abonnée alors à bientôt de vous lire, avec dédicace en France peut être. merci Tine.

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  32. Oh.. amazing news!! Congratulations!!! Am definitely signing up for this book.. it will be such a celebration of vegetarian food!!

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  33. What a wonderful way to start my new year (It's Ugadi today) :) I am soooooo excited to hear this news and not at all surprised! Hearty congratulations my friend.

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  34. Wow Congrats Lakshmi !! Eagerly waiting for it come now ...

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  35. congrats! so excited for you :)

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  36. what an exciting news Lakshmi :) I am sure it will be an amazing book, beautiful pictures and flawless recipe. Looking forward

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  37. Congratulations. I can't wait to see it!

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  38. Congratulations ~ can't wait to see your new cookbook. we can still learn from your previous post, there are so much to learn ~

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  39. So very delighted by your news! What a good publisher for what will be an exquisite book! Brava!

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    1. Indira, thanks for the book! I've started reading it already.

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  40. Fantastic news and well deserved-can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Enjoy the process......much love, Janey xx

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  41. Congratulations. Awesome for you and for us! I am looking forward to purchasing a copy. Your work is truly beautiful and inspirational.

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  42. Congratulations. Waiting for your book. All the best to you and nice light around you!

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  43. YAY! So exciting...and so happy for you! It will be the MOST beautiful and delicious cookbook EVER....not to mention spiritually enlightening and inspiring :)! Best of luck....can't wait to see all the goodness.

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  44. Congratulations Lakshmi! Best wishes to you. I eagerly await your book.

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  45. That is so wonderful to hear! I cannot wait to purchase it for myself and my loved ones!!

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  46. This is really great news, can;t wait to see the book!

    Namaste!

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  47. Laxmi, This is great news, Congratulations!! I am sure your book will open up new angle to culinary discussion. I will be eager to read your writings on cultivating consciousness with cooking skills.

    Loved your blank page book image with Tulsi blossoms, good news nicely expressed through picture.

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  48. I can only imagine it will be transformational...

    for you in the writing and for those blessed to read your words, to savor the photos, to cook with it and to taste the sublime results...

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  49. Wow! So exciting! Congratulations- I can't wait to see the cookbook!

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  50. Congrats, this is wonderful news!

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  51. Congratulations Lakshmi! I am so looking forward to the book :)

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  52. awesome; wishes for the best and would look forward to this new chapter in your life. Hare Krishna !

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  53. I cannot wait....and so happy for you.

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  54. Congratulations, can I reserve a signed copy . Looking forward to reading what u have to share. Will miss you here !

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  55. Hugest congratulations, Lakshmi. It's beautiful you've found someone aligned with your needs and values, and really exciting that you WILL be ushering in a different, thought-provoking approach to the way we cook and eat. Blessings x

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  56. This is awesome news! It's so good to see that if you stick to your beliefs and follow the path, people recognize it. Cannot wait to hold it soon! All the very best!

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  57. I am thrilled for you and cannot wait to hold the labour of your love in my hands :-) Congratulations!!

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  58. What wonderful news and what a challenge for you! I wish you inspiration and joy on this journey and I look forward to what will come out,
    Karuna, Linda

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  59. Congratulations Lakshmi! I am sure it will be an inspiring work of art, just as your blog is! Cannot wait to see it :)

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  60. Congratulations! What a beautiful book it is going to be.

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  61. Just wonderful, I knew it will be so much more than your average cookbook. Right up my alley. Congratulations. If you need a recipe tester for your vegan recipes...

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  62. Congratulations! I love your recipes, can't wait to see the book!

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  63. Laksmi I'm so glad you announce it and I'm so happy to see the feedback you get. Waiting with everybody to have this treasure in my hands. I have only very few cookbooks in my kitchen, your will be next to Kurma's on my book shelf (I know it means much to you :-))). Hope all the plans "after book" also will become truth. My prayers and well wishes are always with you.
    Love Cintamani

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  64. BTW something is wrong with this post. Explore does not read it propoer. I see the photos one under the other instead of one next to other. Hope you know how to fix it.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. Every time I post, there is the same problem with IE. I forgot to fix it this time. Cintamani, it's time for you to change your browser, too :-)! If blogging, you will run into unlimited troubles with IE's incompatibility.

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    2. Yes, I already experienced it. I'm working on my blog intensevly since a few last weeks. I'm already switched to chrome and mozilla while working on blog but still use explore for everything else. Habits are habits, they are very hard to change.
      Will contact you soon to ask your opinion about the blog. Love Cin.

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  65. Thank you, each one of you, for the kind response. I'm happy to know you are on board. My beloved Sri Krishna permitting, I hope to deliver a satisfactory book that would add something valuable to our lives.

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  66. Good luck and wishing you *great moments* with the preparations of your book!
    What a wonderful chance, for all of us - looking forward to the finished book.

    All the best,
    Nina

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  67. Very good news! Looking forward to your beautiful book!

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  68. Looking forward! Congratulations!

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  69. Thats a real good news Laxmi, i m sure it will be a treat for eyes, mind and soul.

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  70. Congratulations!!! I will be looking forward to having your book in my home.
    Best Wishes,

    Tere

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  71. Yes! Finally! I think most of us knew it would happen, sooner or later. :) I want a copy too. It would be great to see your beautiful photographs all neatly bound together. Congratulations, my friend! I am so proud of you. :)

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  72. Congratulations! Looking forward to your thoughts and recipes!:)

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  73. Very happy for you! And all of us! The book should be gorgeous.

    Congratulations!

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  74. This is so amazing, Lakshmi! Congrats!! I can't wait for the book and I know it's going to be gorgeous! xoxo

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  75. can't wait to read your wise thoughts and see your beautiful photos! all the best!

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  76. That's a great news ! Good that you have made the jump ;) Look forward to see your book !

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  77. Congratulations! :) This will without a doubt be the most beautiful and thought provoking cookbook in history. I can't wait to see it! Will it be available worldwide?

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    1. Thanks, Erin. Yes, it'll be available worldwide.

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  78. Congratulations, Lakshmi! I cannot wait to have the book on my table and get lost on its pages and your ideas.

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  79. Congratulations on the book. I am a fan of your cooking (and religious) philosophy, and I am excitedly looking forward to your book!

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  80. Congratulations! I'm sure that your book will be amazing!

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  81. Congratulation, I am really happy for you and I am looking forward to reading and testing the recipes in the book, it will be gorgeous and inspiring, I am sure!

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  82. Oh! It will be the most beautiful book. Have fun.

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  83. Congraatulations..this is awesome news!

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  84. Congratulations! So glad you decided to go for it. Roost is publishig my book too!
    Wishing you a great journey and can't wait to see the result, I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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  85. I love your site/blog for the vegetarian recipes, yes, but also for it's simplicity and tranquility. It's funny- I found this blog right after I got back in touch with my meditations and conscious living. I woke up one day out of blue and said "my thoughts have been running my life for the past three years!"

    And so I am back in touch with kindness and the universe as well as the goddess Lakshmi! Can't wait for the next post :D

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    1. Tricia, wonderful to hear about you returning to meditation and concsious living. It's invaluable.

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    2. Quality to every little crumb and every blink- I'm so glad you understand!

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  86. Congratulations, I am sure that it will be a beautiful book. I am a vegetarian and I love cookbooks.

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  87. I'm really looking forward seeing your cookbook! Such great and special recipes and style of photography you have! Wish you power and good vibrations for the upcoming work!

    Susanne

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  88. Oh so happy that it's happening. Anything I can help/advise with, let me know.
    Warmly

    Béa

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  89. congratulazioni, saro' felice di leggerti :)

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  90. Congratulations, writing a book is hard work but so exciting, especially if it is your first one! Also, I am a vegetarian, and I think that there should be many more vegetarian books out there!!!

    You photos are beautiful, I am a follower :-)

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    1. Thanks! Nice to hear there is still room for more vegetarian books.

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  91. Can't wait, sounds awesome!

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  92. OMG!! I'm so happy for you, after all this time, you're finally going to publish your own cookbook! YAYAYAY!!! :) Congratulations!

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  93. I am looking forward for your cookbook and enjoy all the pictures.

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