Ever dreamed of writing a cookbook but not sure where to start? Due to popular demand we are bringing this event BACK! We are breaking it down and opening up the doors to give you the most transparent, real advice on how to get yourself a cookbook deal.
Led by author, pastry chef and Countertalk founder Ravneet Gill, we will be joined by Lemara Lindsay-Prince, commissioning editor of #Merky Books; Cynthia Shanmugalingam, chef and author; and Ben Benton, cook, writer, and founding editor of Saturday Boy Books.
The evening will begin with an introduction to the book writing process. Expect valuable insights from THREE people who have been on very different ends of the book writing process.
Lemara is on hand to break down the unknown, talk through how books are commissioned and what editors are essentially looking for. She'll be diving deep into refining your pitch, getting an agent and the acquiring process. And, lastly why we need more representation in this space.
Cynthia will be talking about how she went from attending a Countertalk cookbook chat, to getting a book deal! She'll be taking you through what the process was like, from proposal to publication and beyond, and all the things she learned along the way.
And Ben will be coming from both the perspective of writing books AND commissioning them, and talking all about what he's doing at Saturday Boy Books, celebrating marginalised, new and under-represented voices within the food space.
Honoured in The 2020 Elle List as 'the biggest game changer of all time' Lemara Lindsay-Prince is a writer, co-Editor of Plantain Papers - an independent journal and ode to the pengest fruit of the diaspora, and Commissioning Editor at award winning imprint #Merky Books. She presented her first commission the pocket sized 'How To' guides in her final interview. The books are designed to empower a new generation through a range of relevant topics. She is always on the lookout for new voices, and works to champion remarkable stories. West London born, but raised with the Caribbean very close to her heart, Lemara’s true mission is to master the art of roti making.
Ben is a cook, writer, and founding editor of Saturday Boy Books. He is the co-author of the bestseller Max's Sandwich Book and its follow-up Max’s Picnic Book, as well as ghostwriting for many wonderful cookbooks over the years.
A self-taught cook, he entered the world of restaurants and worked his way up to head chef within the first four years in the industry. In this time he worked primarily at Rochelle Canteen and The Dock Kitchen, before opening LeCoq as Head Chef.
At the beginning of this year Ben launched Saturday Boy Books to publish new and underrepresented voices in food writing, with our first releases due to be landing in early Spring 2023.
Cynthia is a British-Sri Lankan cook who grew up in Coventry, eating dishes adapted by her mother and grandmother at home, and visiting Sri Lanka during childhood holidays.
Cynthia has run pop-ups and street-food stalls since 2014, and is the founder of Kitchenette Karts, a social enterprise street-food truck that helps ex-offenders get a start in the food industry. In 2019, she opened a Sri Lankan pop-up concept, Rambutan, and her debut book of the same name has just been published to widespread critical acclaim.
- Previous cookbook chats have led to follow ups from audience members who have successfully started taking positive steps towards writing their own book or even landed themselves a deal. So what are you waiting for? Spaces are limited to ensure we can provide as much value as we can.