Friday, May 26, 2017

On The Road with All the Sweet Things, Plus Media Links!

Hey all!  I hope you're doing just splendidly on this fine late May day.  What a month it has been!  All the Sweet Things cookbook was been out in the world (officially) for 31 days, and what glorious days they have been.  I've hopped into my shiny new red car and driven over 2,000 Kms to Regina, Lloydminster, Calgary and Edmonton.  I've met sweet old friends along the way, and made plenty of new ones.  Thanks to all who came out to say hi, eat something sweet, buy a cookbook from me, and get it signed.  How I love scrawling my name into your book!  I'll never get tired of that.  I'm home now, taking a bit of a breather, then I hop a plane in two weeks and head to Toronto.  That's right, Toronto friends, I'm coming your way.  I hope to see you at Cookery on June 10th, around 4 pm.  Head to the bottom of this post for more details.  I'm so excited to be in your town!  Let's chat cookbooks and eat cookies and catch up, okay?

When I was writing my cookbook, I hoped that people would love it as much as I do, and I have to say, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  Like so much so I get a little misty reading all of the sweet things written about the book.  To those blogger pals who were the first out of the gate, thank you ever so much.  Please come to Saskatoon some day so I can make you dinner.  To those of you who have sent me emails telling me how you stayed up until 2 am reading my cookbook because you couldn't put it down.  Thank you.  To those of you who have sent me photos of your cinnamon twists and doughnuts.  Thank you.  To those of you who drove miles to meet me and wanted a hug.  Thank you.  I won't forget you.  I won't ever forget this month. 
Other Highlights:
~The Saskatoon StarPhoneix had a wonderful feature (I WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE!!), and how fun it was to be interviewed by my editor, Cam Fuller.  Plus, you can see me reading the essay Small Town Saturday Nights. 
~One always dreams of having their cookbook positively reviewed in The Globe and Mail, and that's what happened.  For real!  And yes, my Brown Butter Spelt Brownies are damn fine. 
~Laura Brehaut called me up one day, and we chatted about how my relationship with my mom is one of the sweetest things about the cookbook.  Her piece in the National Post was just lovely. 
~The day of my book launch in Edmonton was also the day a fantastic article written about me and my cookbook was published in the Edmonton Journal.  I read it while drinking coffee with my Aunt Helen in the same old diner we would have breakfast in when I lived there so long ago.
~I've done radio interviews on CBC both in Edmonton and Calgary, which was super fun.  Plus, I was on TV (!!!) - a morning show in Calgary, where I wasn't late and it went great!  I've never driven in Calgary before, and thank goodness my Google Maps (or GPS Lady, as I like to call her) was working properly.  No accidents, and I didn't die.  I only went the wrong way down a one-way once, and came out unscathed.  Hooray! 

I'm a bit of a list nerd, and have organized all of the links to all of the press for All the Sweet Things.  It's the best list I've ever written!  If you get some time, take a gander at the articles or a listen to the interviews.  Yes, I've saved copies of all the print pieces.  When I'm old and grey, I'll look back and say, my, I did something cool in my day. 

Food Blogs

Marlene baked all the things, and I especially love the part where she baked Chocolate Marshmallow Pie with her granddaughters.  A triumph, they called it.  Indeed!

Did you know I shot the cookbook almost entirely with my iPhone?  I wrote a post on FBC, dishing all of the deets!   

Nicole is a fellow Sask girl and just a genuine sweetheart.  She called me her spirit animal, given that we share the same adoration for butter and sugar.  Nicole also me me in Regina and bought more books.  Like I said, sweetheart.  

Janice is a fellow baker, and I love what she had to say about the book.  Those peanut butter cookies are glorious!

Jennifer also gave the book and those peanut butter cookies some love! 

Karlynn couldn't get enough of the peanut butter cookies either!  Love the pb cookie love!

Mairlyn Smith (love her!) gave the cookbook a shout out on her hilarious and informative You Tube series called My Left Frying Pan. 

Kelly and Kathy made an absolutely gorgeous video of my Rhubarb Fool.  Just stunning!  Check out more of their work, if you get a chance! 

Jan, bless her heart, had glowing things to say about my cookbook.  She's one of my Toronto pals I can't wait to see again!  

Mardi made the Double Chocolate Zucchini Olive Oil  Bread, loved the book and even gave a copy away!

Ashley had big love for the Key Lime Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust!  Looks great!

I love Tiffany.  She's a cat lady just like me, and I know if we lived in the same city, we would have tea parties all the time.  Read what she has to say here, and listen to us chat on her wonderful podcast GRUB

Food Bloggers of Canada had wonderful things to say about the cookbook.  Thank you, Liliana, for saying that my cookbook reads like a good novel.  I absolutely love that people are enjoying the stories as much as the recipes! 

Print Media

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Saturday May 6th, 2017.

The National Post, Wednesday May 10th, 2017.

The Globe and Mail, Wednesday May 10th, 2017.

The Edmonton Journal, Thursday May 18th, 2017


CBC Calgary 

CBC Edmonton

And....more to come!  Check back often!  

Here is the Toronto info:  

And some photographs of the past few weeks.  Of course, there's way way more on my Instagram!



  1. I'm so excited and happy for you as I read about your book's amazing reception. Note that I'm not surprised, because this book - seriously - is among the best!


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