My Book: Cover Reveal!

November 11th, 2011 · 55 Comments · Dinner: A Love Story, the Book

When I first sat down with my book editor Lee Boudreaux and the designer Allison Saltzman, they asked me what I wanted in a cover design. Oh, you know, I told them, I don’t want it to look cheffy or foodie. I don’t want it to look too precious or too slick. I’d like it to be homey but not dowdy, familiar to old readers but striking for new ones. I want it to appeal to recent grads and newlyweds and especially to parents. I want it to reflect the vibe of this blog. I want it to have good energy and I really want it to feel personal, like it looks right at home on my kitchen counter. I’m not Sean Brock or Gabrielle Hamilton. No matter how many times I make his brussels sprouts, I will never be David Chang. I’m a home cook who has figured out one thing — that making dinner for people I love brings me daily happiness  – and I need this book to appeal to people who suspect that carving out a nightly dinner ritual might do the same for them.

Was that too much to ask for?

Apparently not, because I think they nailed it, don’t you?

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55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mommylisa // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love it.

  • 2 Denise // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    It looks perfect!! Congratulations Jenny. Can’t wait to read the book!

  • 3 barbara // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    They did nail it! Congrats, Jenny, it’s perfect.

  • 4 Ingrid // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

    HURRAY! You go girl! Love it!

  • 5 Teeps // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful! Great! Perfect!

  • 6 Tor // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    How lovely. Can’t wait to pick this up!

  • 7 Missy // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love your blog..don’t always comment but check in daily. But this! I had to comment. It is everything you said you wanted and more…I love it! And cannot wait to get my hands on it.

  • 8 Courtney @ Sunday Soup // Nov 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I love, love, love it. All the elements come together perfectly. I can’t wait to have your book in my kitchen!

  • 9 katie @ the parsley thief // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    beyond loving this! so perfect. this will look so great in my kitchen and i can hardly wait!

  • 10 Katherine // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This is amazing. And YOU, your family and your blog are amazing! Thank you. You inspired me to start a blog; you inspired me to keep my weekly menus; you inspired me to appreciate even more my love for making food for others.

  • 11 Rony // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    LOVE. It’s so hard to achieve all those things in one cover, and they totally nailed it. I am new to your blog and a little kookoo about it.

  • 12 Rony // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    LOVE. It’s hard to achieve that look and you/they totally nailed it.
    p.s. I am pretty new to your blog and totally kookoo about it.

  • 13 E... // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Great! Can’t wait until I can have my own copy!!

  • 14 Sherry // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

    It’s terrific! Can’t wait to add this book to my kitchen!

  • 15 Cecilia Madden // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful! Congrats! I love the mix-match table linen look to it :)

  • 16 Zoe Saint-Paul - SlowMama // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Yes, they did nail it. Congratulations!

  • 17 Megan // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Love it!

  • 18 Julie // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    That was a tall order you gave them…not easy to nail. But they did it! How many comps did you go through? First crack? Fifth? I’m curious.

  • 19 Caitlin // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    It’s perfect! Feels exactly right. So exciting.

  • 20 Amanda // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Nailed it on the head! I love it. How amazing it must be to see your name on a book – so proud of you and this blog!!!! Love the linens chosen for the cover too. As someone who loves to sew, that is always a draw for me. Cool linens!

  • 21 Anna // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    awesome.

  • 22 Melissa // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love it! Can’t wait to buy it!

  • 23 AnnieBlogs // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    JENNY! It’s beautiful. Absolutely perfect.

  • 24 Torrie @ a place to share... // Nov 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    YES. =)

  • 25 Vanessa // Nov 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The cover got me so excited I pre-ordered it. Congrats!

  • 26 Kelly // Nov 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Absolutely! Love it! Love the little forks with the big! Love all the fonts! So exciting!

  • 27 Amy // Nov 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Looks super! Can’t wait to purchase it.

  • 28 Katie // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    LOVE IT!!! I’m really looking forward to having one of my own. Congratulations.

  • 29 Alana // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, yes!

  • 30 Jan @ Family Bites // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Love it!

  • 31 Mavi // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    It’s so DALS! So perfect. Can’t wait to open it and see what’s inside. Kudos to the designers!!

  • 32 Teresa // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Nice!

  • 33 Sarah // Nov 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Love!!!

  • 34 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag // Nov 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It could not be more perfect!!!! PERFECT! If I knew nothing about you or this awesome site, and I saw this in a store, I would grab it and buy it immediately based on the cover alone :)

  • 35 Kerri Anne // Nov 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Looks great!

  • 36 Laura @ Casa del Hansen // Nov 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Bee-yoo-tiful!! They definitely nailed it – and I’m so excited to have it on my bookshelf!

  • 37 Leah // Nov 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    So so so great! Can’t wait to hold it in my actual hands!

  • 38 Michelle // Nov 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I almost feel a little cheesy saying it but I got tears in my eyes in seeing it. It is exactly what your blog represents to me. The family meal, the preparation and time you put into all of it are converted so simply and beautifully. Your blog is the only blog of the many I read, that I never miss a post and I’m always waiting for the next. Thank you for inspiring my family’s meals with your stories.

  • 39 Reynaul // Nov 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Great cover! Can’t wait for the book to come out!

  • 40 Kara // Nov 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    L.O.V.E. it!! On my wish list for sure!

  • 41 Daina // Nov 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Love it!!! I’ll pre-order!

  • 42 Barb in Phx // Nov 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    It’s beautiful! I have a place for it on my kitchen counter.

  • 43 Caroline // Nov 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

    This is an awesome cover–you’ve thrown down the gauntlet!

  • 44 jen v // Nov 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

    it’s perfect. you must be thrilled. :)

  • 45 Courtney // Nov 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I. love. it. I have a beautiful vintage music stand book holder that is currently sitting empty on my dining room buffet. This is the perfect place for your book to be featured – I can’t wait!!!

  • 46 Amy P. // Nov 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What a fun cover! Very distinctive.

  • 47 Alexis // Nov 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    lovely cover!

  • 48 Jill // Nov 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    so curious to know why the subtitle of your book is different than the cutline of your blog. what is the difference between “starts” and “begins”? Personally I prefer “begins” but perhaps there’s some good reason to change it?

  • 49 Erin // Nov 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I do! It’s perfect. I’d buy the book, even if I didn’t already love your blog.

  • 50 Andrea // Nov 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    feels perfect!

  • 51 Erin // Nov 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Perfect. Personal and universal and modestly beautiful. DALS to a T!!

  • 52 Tracy // Nov 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Awesome cover! Love the Le Cruset lid.

  • 53 Jen // Nov 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I’m excited to get the book! Wish it came out sooner.

  • 54 JWK // Nov 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! They nailed it! Can’t wait to order a copy :)

  • 55 Di // Oct 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    As someone who just start reading your blog and bought your book (and read every single word in one night) I would say you hit a home run with this cover. Thank you for the great receipes and inspiration!

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