My Cookbook! a Sneak Peek


Best Lunch Box Ever Cookbook /

The subject line on the email read simply, “I’ve Got Books!!!”

It was from Amy, my editor at Chronicle Books (reason alone to write a book is that you get to say things like, “my editor” and “my agent” that make you sound far more professional than you might actually be or feel).

Three advance copies of Best Lunch Box Ever, my first cookbook, were waiting for me at the Chronicle offices, a mere four miles down the road. Did I want to pick them up instead of wait for them to come by mail?

Hell yes.

With two of my kids out for Spring break, we hightailed it down there, my belly full of butterflies. I worried I might cry in front of Amy. I feared my kids would consider a professional setting a good place to experiment with using foul language or talking back to their mother.

Neither happened.

There was Amy, with a smile, and the books, one for each girl, plus a third for my daughter still in school. We went outside. It was a beautiful April day, just right for a photo:

Best Lunch Box Ever Book www.momskitchenhandbook.comFlipping through the book at home later that day, I realized it had been a while since  I’d laid eyes on all those pages.  This, after so many months of total immersion. I felt inspired and proud, but what struck me most was this thought:

“I could really use a book like this.”

For real.

What more could I ask for?

The book won’t be in stores until August, just in time for back-to-school. But you can pre-order a copy now and up the likelihood you’ll have yours before everyone else.  Click one of these guys below to do so.

Barnes and 

Oh, and don’t be shy… TELL YOUR FRIENDS!


04.24.2013 at7:09 AM #


Katie, I appreciate every dotted i and crossed t of this post. Cheers to your good work. Can’t wait to see and use the book!

04.24.2013 at7:09 AM #

Katie Morford

You know it well. Many school lunches in your future.

04.24.2013 at7:37 AM #

graham mckay

Fantastic. We will be pre-ordering. Great work.

04.24.2013 at7:37 AM #

Katie Morford

Your wife’s imprint is all over these recipes!

04.24.2013 at7:41 AM #


Preordered!!! Way to go, Katie!!!

04.24.2013 at1:02 PM #

Snack Girl

I love it!! Congratulations – send me a copy for review on SG.

04.24.2013 at1:02 PM #

Katie Morford

Don’t have review copies yet, but will do when they arrive!!

04.24.2013 at1:06 PM #


Congratulations! Such a huge accomplishment. Cant wait for my copy!

04.24.2013 at1:10 PM #

erin @ yummy supper

Huge Congratulations! I bet your girls are thrilled too!

04.24.2013 at1:10 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Erin…you’ll be in my shoes soon enough.

04.24.2013 at2:56 PM #


I am so excited for you! I just pre-ordered the book for me and 3 of my closest friends. Can’t wait to get it! I need inspiration for my first grader’s lunch.

04.24.2013 at2:56 PM #

Katie Morford

Thank you! That is so sweet!

04.24.2013 at3:02 PM #

Catherine McCord

So so excited for you!!

04.24.2013 at3:02 PM #

Katie Morford

Lunch ladies unite!

04.24.2013 at4:33 PM #

Pam H

Way to go! I can’t wait to see it in the bookstore!

04.24.2013 at6:42 PM #


Congratulations Katie!! What a great accomplishment, I can’t wait to read, see and use your book!

04.24.2013 at6:42 PM #

Katie Morford

Awww…thanks Leslie!

04.24.2013 at8:18 PM #


Congrats, Katie. I ordered one for me and one for Hilary!

04.24.2013 at8:30 PM #


This is fantastic news! Congratulations. I can tell by the cover that I am going to love it. Planning to order a few copies – for me and for “the perfect gift”.

04.24.2013 at8:30 PM #

Katie Morford

Patti…thank you. I miss you!!

04.24.2013 at8:44 PM #


huge congrats katie!!! just pre-ordered my 2 copies – will make perfect gift for friend w/ kid entering K!

04.25.2013 at2:53 AM #

Jacquelyn Stern

It looks amazing!!! I would love to eat the lunch on the front cover. I will definitely pick up a copy and recommend it to my clients and mom friends!

04.25.2013 at2:53 AM #

Katie Morford

Appreciate all the “word-of-mouth”
you are willing to send my way.

04.25.2013 at5:44 AM #


So wonderful! We’re all so proud of you!

04.25.2013 at8:50 AM #


Oooh, I can’t wait to get it! It looks great and with a 2- and 4-year-old in my house, it is perfectly timed. Congrats!

04.26.2013 at2:31 PM #

Dianne Jacob

So excited for you Katie! And a little proud too, that long ago…well, you know the story. You had a book idea.

Can’t wait to page through it for myself.

04.26.2013 at2:31 PM #

Katie Morford

You should be a little bit proud….you helped me along this path. I am grateful for your wisdom.

04.29.2013 at12:15 PM #

Sally Kuzemchak

Congratulations Katie! I can’t wait to see it in print!!!!

04.29.2013 at12:15 PM #

Katie Morford

Thank you Sally!

04.30.2013 at9:56 AM #


Super! We eat pretty healthily at home and I’ve been letting the kids eat school lunch. Lately, my kale-, olive- and pickled herring-eating kids have been telling me about all the food they no longer eat. It’s time for some quality lunches! Congrats on another fine book!

05.02.2013 at4:44 PM #

aida mollenkamp

Congrats, congrats, congrats!

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