One week ago I had the launch party for my cookbook Fast & Easy Five Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People. To say I’m still in disbelief is an understatement. My heart is so full of love and happiness and gratitude. Seriously, thank you! The event was incredible and I am just SO SO grateful to all of you, because without you, none of this would have been possible – and I just had to share the #SweetphiCookbook launch party photos with you. AND there are some pretty nifty giveaways I’m doing at the bottom of the post (win a signed cookbook and gift certificates for Tieks-my fave ballet flats.)
The cookbook launch party took place at the gorgeous Milwaukee Public Market in their upstairs seating area.
The Milwaukee Public Market holds a very special place in my heart because that is where my husband and I had our wedding reception when we got married. Every time I used to go there, I would get all the feels, NOW, I’m going to get even more emotional because I’ll be remembering my cookbook launch party too!
There were over 100 people at the event – how crazy is that? I still cannot believe it – over 100! I thought that ok, my parents would come, my in-laws, a few friends…maybe it would be 20-30 people…TOPS. Nowhere, nohow, noway did I ever imagine getting to meet and see so many people. My favorite part of the event, by far, was getting to see and hug everyone.
For the event, we made 9 different recipes from the cookbook <- yup, 9!! I say “we” because it was a true team effort-I could not have done it without the help of my in-laws. We cooked from 8am -10pm the day before the event, and even the day of the event my mother-in-law was finishing things up. The food was so good, I’m not biased, I promise, everyone else was saying how great all the food was.
Another HUGE THANK YOU goes to the cookbook launch party sponsor, Door to Door Organics (this service is closed now). This party simply would not have been without them. I know I spoke about it when I shared this awesome vegetable frittata recipe, but when I was creating my cookbook, it was Door to Door Organics that came to the rescue week after week. They’re an organic grocery delivery service, and they don’t just have produce boxes that they deliver to your door, they have pantry staples and pretty much every grocery item under the sun. I would plan which recipes I was going to make for the cookbook ahead of time, order groceries, and then come home to find everything waiting for me. Every time it’s delivery day, I come home and smile at their boxes. For the cookbook launch party there was a grand prize gift basket and lots of other goodies that were being given away, all courtesy of Door to Door Organics! (this service is closed now)
Right when the event started, I got these incredibly beautiful flowers delivered-they were from my grandmother-in-law (you may remember her from when we made grape bites) and I was brought to tears. How thoughtful, and it was so special to be able to look over at the flowers throughout the evening.
The thank yous continue – Boswell Books was there selling my cookbook which they did so seamlessly! And, a big thank you to Milwaukee photographer Will Skaggs who took photos of the event.
Launch Week Highlights:
- The cookbook signing and party, and meeting so many of you who had read about the event (and came) from when my cookbook was featured in the newspaper, and to all the local Wisconsin food bloggers who came out to support me.
Wisconsin food bloggers unite! Celebrating the lady of the hour, @philiakelnhofer. Her stellar cookbook Five Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook For Busy People is on the shelves and needs to be in your collection! I’ve tried at least 10 things from it and all are ON POINT. Congrats Phi! So happy for you? #sweetphicookbook #fiveingredients #milwaukee #wisconsin #mke
- My actual cookbook launch date (July 19th)… my cookbook now officially has a birthday!
- Radio interviews (here and here)
- My first live TV appearance (I didn’t fall over and die) – I had practiced by doing my first Facebook live video.
- My cookbook making it to #1 on a category on Amazon!! Speaking of Amazon – if you’ve gotten the cookbook, I would love if you would leave me a review on Amazon, it really helps out with getting the cookbook noticed and the almighty Amazon algorithm.
- Seeing my cookbook ON the shelves of Barnes & Noble – crazy!
Hey! Look what they have at #barnesandnoble the #sweetphicookbook !!! #fiveingredients #fiveingredientfriday #sweetphiblog #sweetphi
A photo posted by Nick Kelnhofer (@nekelnhofer) on
- All the photos you guys have been posting with the cookbook using the #sweetphiblog hashtag, truly – thank you (and I love getting snaps, username Sweetphi)! Here are a few of my faves:
Two lucky winners will each receive: 1 signed cookbook and 1 $100 e-gift certificate for Tieks (my fave flats, you can read more about my review of Tieks – here – if you don’t already know about them). To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite organic produce, or what is your favorite recipe from the cookbook? Winners will be randomly chosen 8/1/2016 and notified via email (US entrants only).
Strawberries are delish, especially in the summer!
cyndi br says
I like organic eggplant and bananas
I’m totally digging eggplant this year, going to be using it a lot in the summer 🙂
Rachel Zimmerman says
They are so good!
Oh wow..awesome launch and congrats!
If I’d been in your area I would have attended and what a perfect venue for the launch and weddings too.
I love love veggies…therefore hard to pick one fave.
I’ll say tomato as I use them daily.
And, I can’t wait to make your new magic green sauce.
Thank you so much Vickie! Hope you love the magic green sauce – it’s so amazing!
Lorena Keech says
I try to stick with organic berries and apples. I haven’t tried recipes yet but the lasagna recipe caught my attention.
That lasagna recipe is so good, I think you’ll love it 🙂 Thank you for commenting!
Congrats on the book! I love organic asparagus. i don’t have a fav recipe yet!! I need to make some
Thank you so much for the comment 🙂
Organic carrots are my fav!
I just roasted carrots today, they’re so great!
Ashley H. says
Congrats on the cookbook, Phi! My favorite recipe (so far) is the soy sauce shrimp and grits.
Thank you so much for your congratulations and support!! And I loooove those soy sauce shrimp and grits, so glad to hear you liked it too 🙂
Jen Corpening says
I love organic anything fruit and veggie! Favorite recipe would be the Frittata….so good and easy!
The frittata!!! Man o man, i make that every week, totally in love with the fresh veggies, thank you so much for commenting!
Favorite organic: anything from my CSA, but especially their carrots. Or maybe the sun gold cherry tomatoes.
Love that you support your local CSA, and I grow sun gold cherry tomatoes in my garden, so I know first hand how amazing they are 🙂
Susan P. says
Congratulations on your cookbook launch! My favorite recipe would have to be the Vegetable Frittata – so easy and quick!
Thank you so much for your congratulations, and I love that frittata recipe so much, I just made one this weekend again 🙂
Jess Fout says
Organic kale is my favorite!
Yum, love kale!
patricia caradonna says
My favorite organic produce is strawberries.
Love strawberries, especially in the summer 🙂
Mary W says
My favorite organic produce is what ever is currently in season and locally sourced. It could be collards, swiss chard or cantaloupe. What ever grows close by and in season is my favorite.
Kim Henrichs says
My favorite organic produce is definitely the local peaches and apples here!
Oh yum, I want to live where you are where they have fresh peaches, that’s for sure 🙂
Beets! – love them or hate them, but I love them! As for your recipes – I have just “discovered” you (I know, I know, where have I been living?!!)- I can’t wait to try them…I have been eyeing up so many, I don’t know where to start!
Hi Tanya, thank you so much for your lovely comment! Welcome! And I love beets too 🙂
Cait Hawley says
Love organic peaches from my local produce delivery!
Organic raspberries from the farmer’s market. I just can get enough when they’re in season!
Fresh fruit is just the best when it’s in season, you’re so right about that!
I love summer squash! Roasted or grilled, it’s amazing!
Yesssss, love summer squash! I’ve been adding it to baked goods left and right!
Charlotte McKinney says
Do I have to pick just one? My favorite recipe is of course the Ramen bowl! Even my husband, who hates cooking, likes making it. Let me tell you that is high praise.
Thank you SO much – that is the sweetest comment ever, and LOVE that your husband makes it!!!
favorite is the broccoli, pecan, apricot dish. Delicious.
Favorite vegetable brussel sprouts
Oh I’m so glad you like that recipe – that is truly one of my faves! Thank you for commenting!
I’m so happy to have found your site!! Looking forward to working my way through your recipes!!
Thank you so much Terry for your kind words! Welcome, and I hope you find some recipes you like.
I’m so impressed Phi! This sounds like an amazing event. Have loved following along with your cookbook adventure. Wish I could have been there!
Thank you so much Sarah, and thank you for all your support along the way!