It feels like it’s been a million years since I last updated this blog but I’m back and with a lot of updates. The last blog post I did was about Zhajiang Noodles last July and since then I’ve started university, worked on my first cook book, photographed some weddings, took some illustration commissions and really knuckled down with my Illustration career.

Eventually I might share some of the wedding photos and my illustration website is updated periodically but my main cooking related thing in the latter part of 2013 was my first cook book.

I had been talking to a couple small publishers in Edinburgh about producing an illustrated cookbook but around the time they failed to come of anything I was contacted by the Singapore office of a large international publisher about making a book about Taiwanese Home Cooking. Awesome! The book is due for publication somewhere between this spring and summer.

For this book I was tasked with coming up with approximately 60 recipes all about Taiwanese home dishes. The recipes had to be about dishes that really are unique to my home country and despite having little time to make everything I’m really excited to see the book.

The book, called Taiwanese Home Style Cooking can be preordered here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-style-Taiwanese-Cooking-Yun-Tsung/dp/9814516368/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391034254&sr=8-2&keywords=taiwanese+home+cooking

The cover will be amended and as of the 29th January my name is wrong but these should be amended before publication. I’m not really allowed to share anything with the book but here are some design proposals that I sent to the publisher that were unfortunately rejected. Both Chris and I really like these design ideas so perhaps we’ll make our own cook book in the future with these designs but do a book about Chinese dishes or something else. Once the book has been published I’ll update more information here and just as a credit Chris (http://www.chrisradleyphotography.com) did all of the photography.

Here are some pages that we came up with. Would love to get some feedback.

Steamed Salted Duck Egg MeatloafDeep Fried Prawn Roll RecipeMeat Book ChapterSeafood Book ChapterPoultry and Eggs Book ChapterVegetables Book ChapterNoodles Book ChapterSoups Book ChapterDessert Book Chapter