Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This is not me

OK, so it's been going back and forth for a few months, but it's final. Here's the new cover. I liked the hardcover image, although I wasn't actually crazy about it at first. There were some other options floated around. One included a sliced red onion that was supposed to invoke a bit of Georgia O'Keefe, and I have to admit it was beautiful and abstract and, well, deeply sexual. The "petals" of the onion looked like something my gynecologist would recognize in an instant. It didn't get past the sales team. There were some various plays with typography and image, and then they came up with this design.

This looks like me walking through the Tuleries garden in Paris, doesn't it? I mean, it could be my hair. I have a jacket like that. But it's a stock image. Mike says I'll probably forever be answering the question "So where are you walking?" (Actually, I think its in the Bois de Bologne to the west of Paris.)

But the three chefs in the small picture at the top right at the real thing. They are the three main chefs from the book. In the center is Chef Marc Thivet, aka Chef Gaillard or "The Gray Chef." On the right is Chef Didier Chatefort, aka Chef Dufour, the head of Superior Cuisine. And to the right, Chef Patrick Terrien, who is called Chef Savard in the book. I also know there is nothing in the pot that they're gathered around...
While we on the topic of the paperback, I thought I'd direct you to the reading group guide that is now online. You want to know something else? Authors often write these themselves. At least, I did. I had a friend write out the questions, though. I thought it was a little weird to "interview" myself. (I'm not Stephen Colbert...) Anyway, take a look if you're interested.

The reading guide isn't going to be in the paperback. Instead, we decided to put in a book club menu guide. A version of it is online now, and I'll be updating it to include the one from the book in the next few days.

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Anonymous Terry said...

It's a nice cover, though. I like it. When does the paperback come out? Are you touring? Will you be coming to Chicago?

June 24, 2008 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Hi Terry,
The paperback comes out on the 2nd September, and I will be doing a tour. We're working out details for Chicago right now.

July 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Candace said...

It's a nice cover. I like it, too. My book club is going to read it this autumn.

July 5, 2008 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous 35 year old apprentice said...

The Australian cover version is awful. It's basically a table with a load of old scrubby pots and pans on it.

I love the cover shown above.

Didn't stop me from reading it though! :)

July 12, 2008 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Jane Maynard said...

I'm reading the book now, and I've pondered the cover many times. I honestly thought, "That must be Kathleen in the Tuileries." I'm surprised it's stock - pretty darn good! Anyway, happy I found your blog and the "truth" behind the cover, which is a lovely cover by the way. And I can't wait to go look closely at the Chefs on the cover! Love your blog and the book!

September 4, 2008 at 3:19 PM  

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