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The Hidden Costs of Writing a Cookbook

Caitlin McGrath | Jul 15, 201705:07 PM

Why cookbooks can actually be money-losers for chefs courted by publishing houses. A pretty interesting look into the sausage factory of cookbook-writing economics, and who's responsible for paying for coauthors, recipe testing, photography, book design—pretty much all material costs up till printing—and even book tour travel. (Spoiler: It's the author, out of her advance, and perhaps her pocket.)

The Hidden Risks of Writing a Cookbook

The cookbook business has a reputation for being strong and lucrative — a smart career move for any chef. The reality burns.
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