A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Recipe Testing My New Cookbook

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Recipe Testing My New Cookbook

I’ve been hard at work on my very first cookbook – Quick and Dirty Clean: Raw Till Dinner Meals for Busy Folks. In fact, I just wrapped it up this morning. It’ll be officially for sale February 22nd!

The Quick and Clean cookbook is based around the concept of eating Raw Till Dinner, often also referred to as Raw Till 4 or High Raw. You get the best of both the raw and cooked vegan worlds. 1) Tons of water and vitamin rich raw fruits and veggies throughout the day. But also 2) cooked whole plant foods for your evening meal.

Behind-the-Scenes With My Recipe Testers

Working with 18 talented and super-helpful recipe testers was such an educational process. Paula, Steph, Sari, Denise, Alexsis, Jennifer, Mary Ellen, Kathy, Any, Julia, Cory, Kathryn, Gaby, Courtney, Sophia, Lisa, Tim, and Heather. Amazing people who took their job seriously!

I thought you might get some voyeur’s delight if I pulled back the curtains. I know I always feel a little quirk of curiosity and love seeing behind the scenes!

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Recipe tester Sari Dennis from My Wellness Counts got her daughter involved.

Many of my testers volunteered when I put out the call to Take Action Tuesday newsletter subscribers and others came to me when I posted in a couple of my favorite vegan Facebook groups.

Alexsis Raw Spaghetti Marinara 4
Alexsis making reader-fav Raw Spaghetti Marinara. Photo by hubby Todd Moore.

Everyone got at least 2-4 recipes to test. They took photos and filled out a short survey for me. Their comments resulted in lots of tweaks in my recipes, and some of my variations came directly from their feedback. If you purchase my cookbook, you can thank them!

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Sari’s four recipes for testing and the final results of her hard work!

Recipe tester Alexsis’ husband Todd is a photographer. Lucky me! Together they made, staged, and photographed a bunch of my recipes. I love love love Todd’s photos, and they will be featured heavily in the book and cover. I’ve joked with Alexsis that Todd can use my cookbook as his portfolio.

Raw Apple Pie Bowl
My reader favorite Apple Pie Bowl was reborn for the cookbook. Photo by Todd Moore.

What a bonus to get local vegan superhero Chef Steph from Veg Out involved. Her and Justin made an extra big serving of my Orange Tahini Macro Bowl after they finished testing so they would have leftovers for the week. Now that’s a compliment!

Steph Macro Bowl
Chef Steph’s favorite was the Orange Tahini Macro Bowl.
Denise Lentil Eggplant Steaks
Denise made her own very elegant take on my Lentil Topped Eggplant Steaks.
Kathy made my Basic Green Smoothie to share.
Kathy made my Basic Green Smoothie to share.
Julia used quinoa instead of beans for my Southwestern Salad.
Julia used quinoa instead of beans for my Southwestern Salad.
Tim made my Pumpkin Amaranth Porridge.
Tim whipped up my Pumpkin Amaranth Porridge.
Mary Ellen's version of my Sweet Crimson Collards substituted curly kale for collards.
Mary Ellen’s version of my Sweet Crimson Collards subbed curly kale for collards.
Paula and husband enjoyed eating my Chilli Collard Wraps.
Paula and husband enjoyed eating my Chilli Collard Wraps.
Sophia Fridge Soup
Sophia cooked up her own version of my Clean-Out-Your-Fridge Soup.
Jennifer made my Nanawiches open-faced.
Jennifer made my Nanawiches open-faced.
My Mac 'n' Cheezy Spaghetti Squash turned out very pasta-like for Lisa.
My Mac ‘n’ Cheezy Spaghetti Squash turned out very pasta-like for Lisa.
Gaby kept the two parts of my Lentil-Topped Eggplant Steaks separate for her eggplant-weary friend.
Gaby kept my Lentil-Topped Eggplant Steaks separate for her friend.
Cory's Blueberry Bisque turned out just like mine.
Cory’s Blueberry Bisque turned out just like mine.

Now your turn. Share a time when you made a cookbook recipe and were extra proud of your results. Had any epic fails when making a recipe?

Feature photo by Todd Moore.

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16 Responses to A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Recipe Testing My New Cookbook

  1. I am so excited to try the other recipes now. Everyone took fantastic pictures. Your cookbook is bound to be a hit. Be sure to let us know how our friends and family can buy your book because I want to recommend it to everyone.

    • Thanks Paula, you are so sweet! Look out for the email I’m sending to newsletter subscribers on Thursday. It’ll let you know how to purchase the cookbook until Saturday at a special discount. 😉

  2. I am so excited to try the other recipes now. Everyone took fantastic pictures. Your cookbook is bound to be a hit. Be sure to let us know how our friends and family can buy your book because I want to recommend it to everyone.

    • Thanks Paula, you are so sweet! Look out for the email I’m sending to newsletter subscribers on Thursday. It’ll let you know how to purchase the cookbook until Saturday at a special discount. 😉

  3. I know this might seem like a silly question, but my sister asked if the book is a hard copy or e-book only. Some folks still like the feel of a “real” book.

    • Hey Paula,
      I know exactly what you mean about the feel of a “real” book. I don’t have plans right now to make physical copies of this book available. I’m putting my time into creating a coaching program that will utilize this book. 🙂 Adria

  4. I know this might seem like a silly question, but my sister asked if the book is a hard copy or e-book only. Some folks still like the feel of a “real” book.

    • Hey Paula,
      I know exactly what you mean about the feel of a “real” book. I don’t have plans right now to make physical copies of this book available. I’m putting my time into creating a coaching program that will utilize this book. 🙂 Adria

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