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Our "Clunky" Cookbook

A book author is always excited to see public reaction to their work.  Amazon.com is a great place for people to comment and rank what they read.  The first review on our baking book was just posted the other day. It was from a reader who described the book as "clunky."   You can click to read her review here.  Lest anyone think I am thin-skinned, I am not....she said it was a good book (she also had the author incorrect...as most of you know, Elizabeth Coblentz is deceased).  I guess she just didn't like the flow or design.  As an author, any one review, though, is meaningless. I am sure someone will give us a 1 star "poor" ranking.  Someone will give us a 5.  Instead, what you look for is the overall trend after you get a dozen or so reviews.  If 2/3 of them are "poor", well, then....time to regroup before writing another book!Wink

Meanwhile, I am going to have a crazy busy media schedule for the Amish Cook's Baking Book in the weeks ahead and I will be posting it soon.   But, for starters, wouldn't it be cool if we have a lurker site visitor on the southern coast of Spain somewhere??  If we do, I will be a guest on the Hannah Murray Show on Talk Radio Europe this Monday at 1:30 p.m. local time to discuss the baking book.  So, tune in!:) This is a station that serves the American community in southern Spain.  Good thing, because I don't speak Spanish!

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What did she mean by "clunky"? 

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Thanks.  I went and looked at reviews for all the books and I was surprised with the comments..."not what Amish cooking should be" and "This book should be about photography and not a cook book"! Then there is a comment about the fact breakfast pizza and spaghetti and meatballs recipes are in the book.  I really wonder what these people think Amish families should eat?!

I guess it takes all kinds.

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I think she meant that it did read smoothly - that she felt it jumped around.  She's talking about Elizabeth's ...Recipes & Recollections..  I have this book, it was my introduction to the Amish Cook - I loved it and couldn't read it enough.  I still pick it up every now and then and re-read it; especially helpful if I'm feeling pulled by worldliness or I feel the need to get more simplistic, reading it does the trick! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I guess!  

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So Kevin, just curious -- how did the Talk Radio Europe interview go?  Is the baking book (and its predecessors) sold in Europe?  Is there much interest in the Amish over there?

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Well, the Talk Radio Europe interview is this coming Monday...I will post about how it goes afterwards.  But, in answer to your larger question, "yes", there is a LOT of interest in the Amish overseas.    Europeans seem to have a voracious appetitie for Amish information.  The BBC has done several specials about the Amish which have received record ratings......Australia also seems to share this interest.  Our cookbooks are basically sold in any English-speaking country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada would be our main markets outside the US....

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A new (5-star) review has been posted..

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I just tried the link to the review and it says there are no reviews.  Did someone delete it???

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My guess is the author of the review.

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That review was by Emilie Ahern- that we talked about a couple weeks ago! 

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Okay, I am VERY behind in my TACO reading.  Who is Emilie Ahern?

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Interesting thing happened today- the review for the 'clunky" book is now listed under The Amish Cook: Recipes and Recollections  title; same reviewer, same words.  Dated with todays date- She must have made an error, and placed the review under the new book instead of this one.  I am being a bit of a detective, things done in a hurry sort of bug me.

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Sheesh, KJune, you really got the reviews in order! I'll have to make sure she gets a copy of the baking book:)

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That would be really cool!  I'm sure she'll love it. 

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She (and everyone else, of course) is entitled to her opinion ... but it'd be nice if she'd get her facts straight, especially when it's something as simple as getting the author's name right!