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From Concept to Cookbook

A Short History of A Passion for Pumpkins

From Concept to Cookbook: A short history of A Passion for Pumpkins

Once upon a time – actually it was 1995 – I decided to give a homemade cookbook to family and friends for Christmas. Thus Carma’s Cookery was born.

The first book, The Pizza Experience, was so successful that in 1997, I did it again. In the intervening years, my natural fondness for pumpkins has expanded into growing a vine in my backyard and experimenting with using fresh pumpkin in my favorite recipes. Not all experiments worked, but enough did that the 1997 issue of Carma’s Cookery was A Passion for Pumpkins.

Over the years, my collection of pumpkin recipes and interest in all things pumpkin have become quite consuming. And, since I’ve received many kudos from others who have seen the booklet, I’ve decided to expand the original into a full-blown book.

In this blog, I will tell the tale of this journey – from concept to cookbook. Join me as I pull together a cookbook and test 300+ recipes!

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.