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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I love it.
It looks perfect!! Congratulations Jenny. Can’t wait to read the book!
They did nail it! Congrats, Jenny, it’s perfect.
HURRAY! You go girl! Love it!
Beautiful! Great! Perfect!
How lovely. Can’t wait to pick this up!
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.
I love, love, love it. All the elements come together perfectly. I can’t wait to have your book in my kitchen!
beyond loving this! so perfect. this will look so great in my kitchen and i can hardly wait!
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.
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.
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.
Great! Can’t wait until I can have my own copy!!
It’s terrific! Can’t wait to add this book to my kitchen!
Beautiful! Congrats! I love the mix-match table linen look to it 🙂
Yes, they did nail it. Congratulations!
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.
It’s perfect! Feels exactly right. So exciting.
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!
I love it! Can’t wait to buy it!
JENNY! It’s beautiful. Absolutely perfect.
The cover got me so excited I pre-ordered it. Congrats!
Absolutely! Love it! Love the little forks with the big! Love all the fonts! So exciting!
Looks super! Can’t wait to purchase it.
LOVE IT!!! I’m really looking forward to having one of my own. Congratulations.
It’s so DALS! So perfect. Can’t wait to open it and see what’s inside. Kudos to the designers!!
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 🙂
Bee-yoo-tiful!! They definitely nailed it – and I’m so excited to have it on my bookshelf!
So so so great! Can’t wait to hold it in my actual hands!
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.
Great cover! Can’t wait for the book to come out!
L.O.V.E. it!! On my wish list for sure!
Love it!!! I’ll pre-order!
It’s beautiful! I have a place for it on my kitchen counter.
This is an awesome cover–you’ve thrown down the gauntlet!
it’s perfect. you must be thrilled. 🙂
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!!!
What a fun cover! Very distinctive.
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?
I do! It’s perfect. I’d buy the book, even if I didn’t already love your blog.
Perfect. Personal and universal and modestly beautiful. DALS to a T!!
Awesome cover! Love the Le Cruset lid.
I’m excited to get the book! Wish it came out sooner.
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! They nailed it! Can’t wait to order a copy 🙂
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!