In the last week of May, Amazon posted sales upwards of 5800 units of the cookbook. The downloads at Smashwords for the free version are at 1500. You may set your price at Smashwords, with a suggested price of $2.99.
This is good news, not only because I have a few dollars in royalty building up, but because I am 13 pages into the follow-up volume with the working title Kali: The Food Goddess, Fruits of the Family Tree. (That is not the cover, just a placeholder.)
Researching your heritage in culinary terms can be eye-opening and sometimes a shocking experience.
Geez, no wonder they left and never looked back. Ewww!
On the other hand, it is interesting to see how colonialism influenced other cultural cuisines. Fusion is not as modern a trend as the media would have you believe.
As with the first volume and the food column that originated it, I will only share recipes that I have tested or tasted. If I won’t make it or eat it, I will not share it. Thankfully, I am not necessarily finicky or it would seriously limit my ability to write about food. There are some foods and cuisines that are not palate friendly for me, but that millions of others enjoy. Other authors can tackle that stuff.
My ancestors come from a variety of places, but their cultural heritage was not necessarily carried through to my generation. In these instances, I have shared what I know and like or a good facsimile created by the very fusion that made me possible.
I am a great proponent of multiculturalism. Not only do we make pretty babies, but the combining of food traditions produce spectacular results. I hope to make that clear in this new book. And I hope to have it ready for sale before the end of summer.