Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cook’s Book One Year Blogiversary!

One year ago from Tuesday I clicked “publish” for the first time; and just like that, Cook’s Book was born.

I finally decided on a name, created a bookish header, set up the layout and found the perfect background for my blog. It was everything I had pictured; but before I could go live there was just one finishing touch that needed to be completed.

Ponytail to the side, head buried in recipes, the stick figure I sketched out in my note pad to become my blog’s “logo” looked up at me from her book. My boyfriend worked his Photoshop magic and brought her to life, turning my cute little chef girl into the official face of Cook’s Book. Suddenly, my page looked official and I couldn’t wait to show it off.

Now, my girl is on business cards, tee shirts (they came with the business cards, Ok?), and even the bridesmaid amulet my cousin had personalized for each of us to stick in our flowers on her wedding day. Today, to commemorate this one year “blogiversary” milestone, here she is meticulously crafted out of fondant as the star of my very first fondant cake:

Writing this blog has prompted me to do a bunch of fun, instructive and sometimes crazy things. Example: spending hours making and decorating a cake for myself, just because. It’s kind of like spending hours writing a full blown essay on cabbage, reviewing sentences and checking facts, when you’re not even sure who—if anyone—is even going to read it (except for my mom—thanks mom!).

You can read the story behind Cook’s Book in the About, which was also my first post. It explains my motivation behind starting a food blog; a year later, I can say that it has done all that I had anticipated and more. It provides me with an excuse to cook and write when I don’t have one, and a reason to always keep learning about the things I love. I do this for myself and am just so grateful for the friends and fans I’ve picked up along the way.

Is this starting to sound too much like the last episode of Oprah?

Thanks to Cook’s Book, I’ve had a fiesta, a tea party, carved crazy pumpkins, made croquembouche for Christmas and king cake for Mardi Gras, was in the newspaper, had my recipes featured on Kelly Ripa’s blog, was interviewed for a live podcast, became a member of the Five Star Makeover cooking group, heard from people who have tried my recipes, was invited to write guest posts, and met tons of great people.

I made mistakes, created new recipes, tried new restaurants and dishes, learned (and am still learning) how to take a better picture, and have written about everything from Princess Leia cupcakes and gourmet food trucks to my favorite Spumoni Gardens pizza.

Thank you to everyone who reads, for all of the supportive bloggers, and for all the lovely comments that always make my day. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I can only hope that it will be half as good as the first!


Sabrina said...

happy blogiversary! I can only hope for a first year like yours! great post!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

You do a great job with your blog, it has been one of my favorites since I stumbled upon it.

Here's to you having more fun and success with Cook's Book in the coming years.

All the best,

Foodtographer said...

Congrats on 1 year with the blog. Mine is coming up in a couple months. Hope your goes on for a while. Always love reading it.

Pacheco Patty said...

Congratulations, I love your logo and your blog;-)
I can't believe your cake, it's just so fun, the cook is so dedicated and spunky, I love all the details;-)

Joy said...

Congrats! I love reading your blog.

Kocinera said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I've loved getting to know you through your blog over the past year and reading about all the yummy adventures you've had. Here's to many more blogiversaries to come! :)

Victoria said...

Happy blogoversary!! It's a great accomplishment and you've been a pleasure to follow :) Can't wait to see what the next year has in store! Also, LOVE the cake you made!! You absolutely deserve a special "you" cake just for you!

Ann-Marie said...

Hi Marisa..Great job, as usual. I LOVE your "YOU" cake. (Even though she looks more like me.) Hope to see you soon!!!

Karen said...

Happy one-year anniversary! I've been enjoying your blog for some time and it's always one of my regular stops.
Love the's a perfect recreation of your header...super cute!

Healthy Mamma said...

One Year! Is that all?! Congrats my friend. Yay for mommies, but I love reading your original and fun blog as well and I know others do too. It's hard not to compare yourself to the 'bigwigs' (maybe that's just me;)

I can't believe you totally drew and (your boyfriend) brought to life your cute header! Love it.

Very, very adorable cake, totally worth the time I'm sure! :}

Megan said...

Congrats! And happy Blogiversary! You deserve the accolades! I want to see a pic of you in the t-shirt! How funny! I love it! Congrats again on your wonderful blog, always filled with great tips - I always learn something from you - - Megan

Mother Rimmy said...

Congratulations! Blogging is certainly a labor of love, just as cooking is. I love to visit, so you're doing a terrific job. Here's to many more years of seeing what you're cooking next. :)

Claudia said...

I love this post - huge congratulations. You make it sound like a grand adventure - which it is. And your enthusiasm has me rethinking things. You are contagious!