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July 5, 2005
These days, just about everybody knows the name of at least one celebrity chef, and most households have at least fifteen cookbooks. Gourmet and organic food shops are flourishing like never before, as Americans, who are becoming more health- and family-conscious revive and reinvent family mealtimes. According to American Bookseller, ninety-seven million people gave or received books as gifts and the most popular category for gift-giving was cookbooks.

Over the last fifty years, cookbooks have evolved to be more than just a collection of recipes. They are a public relations tool, a repository for local history, a fundraising project, and an important documentation of the nation’s heritage. They are collector’s items, instruction books, and coffee table décor.

As part of its sponsorship of Dallas-Ft. Worth Cooks! July 29-31 at the Dallas Market Center, Favorite Recipes Press will present a two-hour seminar: “Cookbook Self-Publishing 101.” The seminar will be presented on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. As this session is tailored to the specific needs of the attendees, advance registration is advised at The fee for this course is $25, which includes an extensive selection of handouts.

A superb head-start for entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, non-profit organizations, church and family groups, and home cooks, Cookbook Self-Publishing 101 gives students all the information they need to get started creating their own profitable cookbook.

Dallas-Ft. Worth Cooks! is one of several consumer culinary events held at various locations across the country. It is the premiere kitchen event of the year, and is a temporary one-stop shop for everything kitchen, everything food. Hundreds of exhibitors, including purveyors of specialty foods, cookware, cabinetry, and more will present demonstrations, offer drawings for great prizes, and more. FRP’s exhibit includes hundreds of cookbooks of local interest.

The state-of-the-art chef’s stage is one of the highlights of the show. Hosted by Chef Keith D. Jones, the chef’s stage features a diverse mix of chefs stirring up some of their favorite dishes and offering the samples to everyone within earshot!

FRP will present the following publishers in chef stage cooking demonstrations: Chef Michael Flores, author/publisher and owner of Mis En Place, which explores what the chef terms “Multicultural Metropolitan” cuisine; Chef Cindy Burch, from Waxahachie, TX, author/publisher and owner of The Dove’s Nest Restaurant: New American Recipes from A Historic Texas Town; and LaMont Burns of Holly Springs, MS, author/publisher of Down Home Southern Cooking.

Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 800 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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