Cookbook Creation Retreat: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing Your Own Cookbook 2019

About This Event


The Cookbook Creation Retreat is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how to create a cookbook from scratch. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, selling, developing, and marketing your own cookbook. You will also learn from and make connections with a James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author, top-notch marketing gurus and publishing insiders.

What You’ll Learn

Recipe creation

How to pick a theme

Creating an outline & organizing your cookbook

Food photography or illustration

Traditional or self publishing?

How create a submission & pitch an agent

How to stand out from the competition

Marketing & promoting your cookbook

Explore genres of cookbooks, types of publishers, types of markets, including magazines

Editorial development process, copyediting, production, finished book

Leaving room for Your photographer or illustrator

One-on-one consultations with faculty

Faculty Q&A

Who Should Attend

Chefs who want to showcase their fantastic recipes

Manufacturers who want a cookbook featuring their product line

Tourist Destinations who want to highlight their local cuisine

Restaurateurs who want to promote their restaurant

Fitness & nutrition experts who want to promote a healthy lifestyle

Non-profit organizations who want to do a cookbook fundraiser

Anyone who has an idea for a cookbook but doesn’t know how to get it published


Day One

Arrival and check in

Tour of Moka Origins Chocolate (optional)

Introductions & Appetizers

Dinner by Chef Amanda

After dinner: How to pick a theme

Day Two

How to stand out from the competition

Food Photography & Visuals

Tour of Calkins Creamery

Recipe Creation

Dinner by Douglas Rodriguez

Day Three

Traditional or Self-Publishing

Marketing your cookbook

Recipe Creation

Hands-on Workshop

Dinner by Douglas Rodriguez

Day Four

One-on-Ones consultations

Panel Discussion

Lunch & farewells


WikiHow: How to Write a Cookbook

David Lebovitz: How to Write Your Own Cookbook

American Culinary Federation

Valerie Peterson: How to Write a Cookbook


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Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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