Big News…..a COOKBOOK!!

Big News…..a COOKBOOK!!

The time has finally come to reveal the big news that I've been dropping hints about here and there for awhile! I've been keeping this secret for months, but I can finally reveal that I've been working on The Vegan 8 Cookbook!! Yay! *Cheesy Happy Dance* So many of you all have been asking me for so long and I'm so happy I can now share the details, haha. I will now have this post to refer to anybody who asks. πŸ™‚

Sorry for the cheesy phone picture. I had just printed out my contract and was too excited to share that I'm holding that baby in my hands.

This post doesn't have a recipe and for that, I'm sorry, but I figured since I promised to tell so many of you all that when I was working on a cookbook, I'd reveal it, I thought this would be the best way since social media is a bit unreliable sometimes and may not see my social media posts about it.

I am beyond excited to reveal that I have signed with Oxmoor House.Β Signing with them is a dream come true. Oxmoor is the publisher for all of Southern Living Books, Cooking Light, Sports Illustrated, Time Books, etc. I kid you not, I have Southern Living Cookbooks and Cooking Light magazines in my home and have admired their beauty for years, so to have my first book published by them is very humbling.

I have to admit, this decision didn't come easily to me. I'm super duper selective and I put it off for quite awhile. I've had a few different publishers contact me over the past few years and about a year or so ago I decided I better hire an agent to guide me into unsure waters. I knew that I was naive about the business and when another wonderful blogger recommend getting an agent to me, and she herself has published several books, I listened. Oh boy, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My agent is one of the most hardworking and dedicated people I've met and without her, I wouldn't have the wonderful book deal that I now have today. She has been such a blessing. So, if you are interested in doing a book someday, I can't recommend enough to get an agent! I also read an article from David Lebovitz on the importance of one too, which just further convinced me. I share this because it helped me immensely and hopefully it can help others, regardless of what type of book.

So, what type of book will it be?? I'm glad you asked! It will be a full-on 100 recipe book featuring a traditional layout. Breakfast, Lunch, Entrees, Sides and Dips, Sauces and Dressings, Soups and Stews and of course, DESSERT. Lastly, a chapter on My Vegan 8 Staple Recipes. This is the only way I wanted to do my first book.

The book will feature all NEW recipes while including around 10 of my most popular from the blog. I have received many messages about this and feel that my super popular ones, like the Alfredo, need to be in the book.

And of course, the whole book will feature all recipes 8 Ingredients or Less, not including salt/pepper or water or optional garnishes. In other words, just like my blog, lol! So, yes, an entire book where every recipe is no more than 8 main ingredients!! Does that make veganism easy or what?? I've already written several recipes but still have a way to go, haha.

Know what else?? EVERY recipe will have a photo, woohoo! So important when wanting to make a recipe to actually see it first, am I right?

Now, let's make something clear here. Let's talk dessert! You all know, well most of you who've read my blog awhile, know my greatest passion is desserts. The dessert chapter will be AMAZING. It will not be just 8 little recipes. Nope. I'm talking 15-20 desserts. Cakes, brownies, several cookie recipes, ice cream, muffins...the works. Basically, the same thing I do here on my blog. I realize that many people may not love that, but this is what I do and so many of you love that about this blog, so I'm following in the path of my blog for this book. I've also seen many readers leave comments on book reviews wishing dessert chapters were bigger or more substantial, so I think it's important for people to have some great vegan desserts to break out for guests and parties. Simple, easy, comfort food with desserts that always please a crowd, NOT just vegans.

I will be sharing pics of recipes I'm writing on social media to get you all dribbling with drool, so I'm warning ya now. πŸ˜‰ I also will have a new hashtag on Instagram, #thevegan8cookbook. So be sure to check that out for sneak peaks!

Please let me know below in the comments any questions or comments you have about the book. I'm so excited that I'm sure I have forgotten to mention so many details! The book is set to come out next Fall, so you will all have to be patient. It takes awhile to write a cookbook and produce it, so please be patient with me. Thank you to everybody who has supported me from the beginning and so long and to all of you who make my recipes each day, Β THANK YOU. This book is for you guys!

P.S. I will be calling on some taste testers as well, so stay tuned for info on that!

So, to recap, all the recipes will be:

  • 100 NEW RECIPES, with the exception of around 10 of my most popular and/or staple recipes I always use from this blog.
  • ALL 8 INGREDIENTS OR LESS, not including salt/pepper/water or optional garnishes. Just like I already do here on this blog.
  • VEGAN
  • GLUTEN-FREE, except for maybe less than 5 and even with those, I'm hoping to have gluten-free options. And the ones that are gluten-free, I plan to list a sub version on how to make with regular flour since some like to use regular flour.
  • OIL-FREE, which means, oil is NOT a listed ingredient. This does not refer to the natural oils that are in nuts or seeds, so please understand that is a difference. I only use whole food fats like nuts, seeds or avocados in my recipes. The ONLY exception to that in just a few recipes for baking where I may use nonstick spray for the pan and for pancakes, nonstick spray for the pan. But that's it!
  • COMFORT FOODS, yet healthy. This will not be a book of salads and smoothies. Sorry, that is not my thing. This will be recipes just like I do here on the blog. Pastas, Comforting and satisfying soups and stews, Filling Entrees, Breakfasts that wow your kids and impress your guests. In other words, don't expect to see green smoothies and fruit smoothie bowls in the breakfast chapter. Nope, there will be Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins, Fluffy to the moon pancakes. Your guests won't want to leave, lol. And the dessert chapter, forget-about-it. Just reference to my blog desserts for any hint of how this chapter will be, hahaha! Although, I probably can't technically call the desserts healthy, since they are desserts, but they ARE oil-free and made without any butters or processed oils.

UPDATE: So many of you have asked about pre-ordering, wow, thank you so much! But, we are VERY early and in the beginning stages. I won't know any of that until next year I'm sure. I'm in the early stages of writing the book, so it will be awhile. Please be patient with me!!

102 Comments

  1. Congratulations! That is exciting news!
    • Congratulations Brandi, I will be dribbling with drool until it comes out!!!
      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
        Hahaha, awesome Elaine, thank you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay, thank you Genie!
    • I want to order it! Wish it was available today!
  2. Oh, my good golly!! I'm soooo happy for you, Brandi!!! I can't wait for the book and all the updates along the way. As a brand new blogger (there's so little on the site that I can hardly call it a blog), I know how time-consuming and hard it is. This is an amazing step for you and I'm over the moon happy for you! The Vegan 8 was one of the first sites I found when I decided on a WFPB lifestyle last year, and TV8 has been an incredible resource. So, as a vegan and a blogger, I am happy for you and this new chapter in your life and your continued success! You're an inspiration! Warmly, Wren
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thank you so much Wren for such a lovely comment and your excitement! I'm so very happy to hear how much my website has been a wonderful help to you, that really is so lovely to hear! Thank you so much again for your kind words!
  3. OMG, congrats Brandi! It seemed like every TOM, Dick and Harry was publishing a cookbook but YOURS was the one I was waiting for! Your recipes ALWAYS come out FABULOUS and DELICIOUS!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, that totally made me laugh! And that is very sweet MaryAan! Yes, I know, I've taken my sweet time on this. I wanted it to be right and to sign with the right publisher, so I didn't rush it or make the decision easily! I'm very confident and excited now!
  4. How exciting! Congratulations! Will you be needing recipe testers? I so love testing for cookbooks. Please keep me posted. :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      YES! Will definitely be needing testers. I'll make an announcement about that soon, as well. Thank you so much!
  5. Congratulations on your big news! What a wonderful step forward for you and your family.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you very much Chandra!
  6. So excited for you Brandi! It will be an amazing cookbook which I will gladly purchase and have in my kitchen. Congratulations!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you sweet Carol, I really appreciate your support!!
  7. Congrats Brandi! Well deserved and so happy for you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So very sweet of you Meera, thank you!
  8. Congratulations!! I knew it would be just a matter of time!!! Can't wait!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thank you so much Jaunessia!
  9. Congratulations on the awesome news! I use so many of your recipes and am really looking forward to buying your book! I hope it has lots of photos!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes! Every recipe will have a photo! With the exception of the last chapter, which will just be featuring staples, those may or may not all have photos, but it will be a very substantial book!
  10. Sign me up! You do a great job of making whole-food plant-based easy.
  11. Congrats on another huge milestone Brandi!! So happy for you and your success, very well deserved!! Glad it happened on your timeline and can't wait to see it!!! You da bomb, girl!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You are the best Dianne!! Yes, yes, thank you so much!
  12. Good for you! Sounds awesome. I'd love to be a tester.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Bonnie, I'll make an announcement when I'm ready for testers!
  13. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you......and me! Can't wait to buy your book! Love your recipes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      That means a lot to me, thank you Debbie!
  14. Ha! I remember asking you ages ago when you might make a book! Sooooo happy and excited for you!!!!!! I know I'll be using your book cover to cover πŸ‘πŸ».
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, yes, I've dropped hints on IG about it because publishers had been contacting me and I have been writing some recipes for quite some time saving them up for a book! Thank you so much Julie!
  15. CONGRATULATIONS BRANDI!!!!!! Standing in line waiting to buy! Making your 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies tonight to celebrate!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay, yay! Thank you so much Diana!
  16. Congratulations! I look forward to it very much!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Wonderful Judy, thank you very much!
  17. Wow, Brandi! A million congrats! Oxmoor---that's the big leagues, but they know quality when they see it. I was so excited I even checked on Amazon to see if a pre-order is available, but I see I was premature (you just signed the contract!). I know it will be fabulous! Your recipes have definitely increased the quality of my life. I discovered you just when I needed a blog like yours--there are many fun vegan blogs out there, but not many take healthfulness into consideration and use oil/flour/refined sugar with abandon. And you look lovely in the photo. If that's just an impromptu cell phone photo, then a professional one for your book should be fantastic.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you SO much Ellen! I really am just so, so grateful to be with Oxmoor. I have a few of their dessert cookbooks and they are just amazing and now to know I will have my own desserts in one of their books is so darn surreal! I thank God for this opportunity and my amazing agent for making it happen! I'm so very happy to hear how much my recipes have helped you, that really is the whole reason I love to blog, to see my recipes make a difference in people's lives. Ha, yes, silly phone pic...my hair is obviously a mess, but I was too excited to post about it right away, haha. Thank you again Ellen for your lovely comment!
  18. Congratulations Brandi! I love your recipes, mainly because they only have 8 ingredients and still taste amazing.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Bonita, that is always my goal!
  19. Yay!!!! I am SO happy for you! I can not wait to order the book and have thought for years how badly that I wish you had one! Super congrats to you, you definitely deserve this! 😊
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      That's so very sweet Heather, thank you so much for saying that!!
  20. Yay! Good for you! I became 90% vegan about a year ago and just found your blog recently. Love your recipes because of the simplicity and great taste so I can't wait for your cookbook. (my husband loves your brownie recipe) I also would love to write a book someday so thanks for the agent tip. Would love to hear more about your process as you move along. Congratulations on reaching a dream!
  21. Aw exciting news Brandi! Congratulations! If you need recipe testers I volunteer! I did get to do that two of Cooks Vegan Cookbook! Dr.Lisa Bennett
  22. Ahhh--I can't wait! I was just thinking that I wish you had a cookbook! Congrats!! :D
  23. Congrats on the book deal. Looking forward to all the recipes.
  24. Wonderful news! I am thrilled on your behalf! So will it be out in time for Christmas gift giving? :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Not this year, but next year it should be!! We've just signed so it's the very beginning. I still have the book to write, haha. Thank you Peggy!
  25. I'm so excited for you! I'm so excited for US!! Can't wait to purchase your book for my collection.
  26. I just want to say that you are amazing. I truly believe that people are put on Earth to share their special gifts, and you have the gift of bringing people together over delicious, healthy food. Much love your way! <3
  27. This great, waiting to try recipes from your book. Good job!
  28. When is the book available to order and how can I get it? I'm not very high tech but tell me what I have to do to buy it. Very soon I hope. I tried your two giant muffins recipe and it was wonderful. Best wishes for great success. Thanks.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Carol!! We are VERY early and in the beginning stages. I still have most of the book to write and I won't know any of that until next year I'm sure. I'm in the early stages of writing the book, so it will be awhile. Please be patient with me! I'll definitely make a big announcement and keep updates with you all along the way. Thank you so much for your support!
  29. This is wonderful news! Congratulations! I am looking forward to buying it as soon as it is available. I love, love, love your recipes! I have printed off so many and it will be wonderful to have them all in a book and much more convenient. Wishing you much success.
  30. Congratulations!! I've been hoping for a while that you would do a book.....really looking forward to seeing it :)
  31. FINALLY!!!! I am ecstatic to hear this and so happy for you!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
  32. You are one of my Go To sutes when I am searching for recipes. Will be looking forward to the book.
  33. Congratulations! That is awesome!
  34. Poppylea
    I'm so excited for you! (and me haha). I'm a part of several fb vegan groups and your website is one of three that I am constantly recommending to people. I will be buying more than 1 copy of your book when it comes out, can't wait to give it to friends and family as gifts! You will sell thousands of copies, I'm sure of it :)
  35. YES!!!! I'm so happy for you! I'm one of the many that's been waiting for this. Best news I've read lately!
  36. Congratulations Brandi, that's such exciting news!! I can't wait to see the end result and party with you :) Good luck with the recipe creation & writing!
  37. Thank you for Sharing.. Congratulations!!!!! How exciting..
  38. Hi Brandi~ I'm not a "social media" person, but HAD to tell you I am eagerly awaiting your cookbook. I pretty much have your 1st cookbook (ha ha) because I've printed so many of your recipes already! Can't wait to try your new ones! I know they'll be great! Also, I'd like to be a "tester".... if that's a thing.. If not, I'll just patiently wait for the cookbook. All the best, Laura ps please write fast. ; )
  39. I'll be ordering!
  40. Happy, happy, joy, joy.... for you and all the people who will be benefiting from the wonderful recipes in your upcoming cookbook. I plan to be one of them! Congratulations Brandi! I wish you all the best as you create your "baby" and I'm oh-so-eager for the delivery date! XO :)
  41. Congrats Brandi! As a fellow aspiring author who is about to search for an agent, your words are timely and wise. I know very well the hard work and commitment in writing a book! I'm praying to get a contract this year as well. Can't wait to buy your book!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      I'm SO glad to hear that it was helpful Cyd! Yes, yes, an agent to me is a must! I learned so much from her and how things can go, so I'm very grateful to have my agent. Good luck to you as well on getting a contract, how exciting!
  42. Congratulations! That is wonderful news! Best of luck to you.
  43. BRANDI!!!!!! Ahhh!! I am so excited to hear this amazing news, I wish I could be there happy dancing with you! And stealing a bite or two of all the yummy things because I'm sure you've been baking and cooking and testing like crazy lately--100 new recipes, WOW!! Just gotta ask though, is that a nutritional yeast free *cheesy happy dance*? Lol just kidding and still dreaming about that casserole of yours :) I am truly thrilled for you and so happy you are happy with the publisher and the concept and just the whole exciting project. It will be an incredible book, that I already know, and I cannot wait. Also the fact that you dedicated an entire paragraph here to discussing the dessert situation in this beautiful book to be just makes me 10 times more excited about it :) Congrats my friend, you deserve it and deserve all the beautiful support you've already received here too <3
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thank you so much my sweet friend!! Lmao, totally a cheesy nutritional yeast dance, hahaha! Yes, you get me girl...all about the dessert!! I honestly wish the whole book was dessert, LOL! It will be so much easier for me than :) Thank you so much Natalie!
  44. Very exciting, and congratulations! Looking forward to updates...
  45. Hey there Brandi! I am so happy, happy, happy for you! Truly agree with a comment up above ^ that mentioned your cookbook was the one they've been waiting for. Ditto for me! Can't wait.
  46. BOOM SHAKA LATA!! This is just so exciting!! Your dessert dedication just makes this much more AAHHHHH! :) Congratulations on such a wonderful experience to share what you love. You have your work cut out for you and you're going to do awesome. Looking forward to seeing the progress. Can't wait!!!
  47. Congrats again BRANDI!!! That is such exciting news and I know your book is going to be a HUGE hit!! Can't wait to have it in my hands! Congrats again!
  48. My sweet friend!! I am over the moon excited and proud of you!! You have worked SO incredibly hard and nothing makes me happier than to hear the news of this cookbook....which sounds like it's going to be AMAZING by the way!!! The second it becomes available for preorder I'm there! Just the thought of a variety of 100 recipes created by you sounds wonderful. Looking forward to updates. Oh, and it's always lovely to see that beautiful face of yours - love the photo!! Big hugs to you and know that I'm doing a happy dance for you! XOXOXO ❀️
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you, thank you my wonderful friend!! Yes, you know the journey and I'm so grateful for your kind words. Thank you so much for reading. I know you have taken an internet break and I haven't wanted to bother you with emails, but I'm always thinking of you! Aww, thank you so much...I was a bit hesitant to post the pic since my hair was a messy bun disaster but I was like, screw it, I'm happy, lol! Thank you Mandy! Need to catch up soon. Love you!
  49. So glad I can finally be outwardly excited!!!! So happy that all that you've gone through to get here finally worked in a fabulous deal. I told you it would. Next time, maybe you should listen ;) HA!! Can't wait to see your masterpiece come through!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Bahaha! Yes, girl! Thank you so much for your support friend and I can't wait to see your book too!! xoxo
  50. Congratulations!!!! I will be a tester for you :-) I can't wait to get this cookbook.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Shelly!
  51. Congratulations! I can't wait to have a hard copy of your recipes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! Thank you so much Crystal!
  52. Congratulations Brandy!!!! I knew it was going to happen soon. I'm so proud of you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You are too sweet Keren, thank you so much!
  53. Congrats my dear!!!! I am so excited for it, and you know I will be first to get my copy, and will be cheesy dancing and creating a nooch snow storm in my kitchen :) xx
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww thanks my friend! Hahaha, totally made me laugh!
  54. Sue
    Brandi, big congrats to you!! I am in awe of your accomplishment. Enjoy yourself.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Very sweet of you Sue, thank you so much!
  55. Congratulations on the upcoming book! That is exciting for you and for all your followers! I have been meaning to tell you for some time that you have a permanent place in the life of my family and close friends. EVERY Thursday evening we all get together and EVERY Thursday I fix your amazing Creamy Roasted Red Pepper sauce. It was an immediate favorite and Thursday evenings just are not complete without it! Thank you! Every recipe I have made of yours has not disappointed in the least! The latest Cheesy Mexican Tortilla dish quickly became a repeat and will be a frequent tasty supper at my house! The only thing I could say by means of a suggestion for your book and website has nothing to do with food or recipes, but rather with grammar. If you could change the phrase "8 ingredients or less" to "8 ingredients or fewer" then all would be right with the world. :0) The word "less" is used when speaking or writing about a quantity that isn't able to be numbered such as...."We received less rain today than yesterday." or "This recipe calls for less flour than the other one." The word "more" is used when comparing things that can be numbered such as...."I have fewer flowers this year than last year." or "This recipe has fewer ingredients than the other one." Regardless of the grammar, I still love all your recipes and I wish you great success. Thank you for all you do!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Alice! That is so wonderful to hear about your Thursdays, so super cool, thank you for the kind words. So glad you are loving the recipes! As far as the "less", haha, that is too funny. "Less" makes and sounds like perfect sense to me. Fewer, whether it is technically correct or not, doesn't sound smooth or right to me. I've had it that way since day one, almost 5 years now and I definitely am not changing my tag line and catchy phrase for my blog after all of this time. It's all over the internet as that. I hope you understand that. To me, it's a tagline, not about grammar :) Also, for me, when I was thinking of how to make my tag line for my blog, I wanted it to be simple, short and flow and "8 Ingredients or less" sounds exactly the way I want it to. Also, I've actually seen many cookbooks say similar "5 ingredients or less" "6 ingredients or less" sold in stores, so it seems they like the phrase as well. I've never seen "fewer". I think the "less" just sounds better and flows better. Short and simple and people get the message. Regardless, like you said, it's about the recipes and food and I have to keep what I've had for all these years. Thank you again for making my recipes!
  56. OMG gilr!!!!!! I am so freaking excited for you. And I can't wait for this cookbook to come out. I am buying it without hesitation. I know it will be the best cookbook I have ever laid eyes on or owned. Your talent amazes me and you deserve nothing but the the greatest success. You and your recipes have a positive impact on this world in more ways then you probably know. I found your blog and you immediately became my favorite blogger. I don't even look to other recipes blogs. Not saying I never will but you will definitely always be my favorite and my go to. It will feel amazing when you see your beautiful cookbook in print for the first time. I can almost feel the excitement for you. Congratulations!!!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much girlfriend!!! You are always the most supportive and I'm so thankful for you! You are so very sweet and I really hope it turns out amazing and beautiful...God knows I'm already working my butt off over here, hahaha! If I could give you a big hug right now, I totally would. You are the best. Hope you are doing well with your diet right now! Thinking of you!xx
  57. Groovy! So happy for you! Can't wait to buy it. Now all my favorite vegan recipe artisans will have their own cookbooks. (Now if I could only find an agent to shop my novel around!)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Steve!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      And yes, get an agent!! Will make ALL the difference in the world :)
  58. Congratulations! I am new to eating a plant based diet. The recipes I was finding was stressing me out! And I am a cook... Thank you for your time and kindness in making your recipes. I truly appreciate you! Susan
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So sweet of you Susan, thank you so much!
  59. Congratulations on your book! That's so exciting. I love your website, and have gotten other family members hooked on it as well. Once the book is available, I might just turn it into a go to gift for everyone I know :-) Congrats again!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww that's so very sweet and makes me happy to hear Lindsay! Thank you so much!
  60. Hi Brandi, Congratulations on having the opportunity to publish your first ever cookbook! I was wondering if most or all of the recipes will be accompanied by photographs of the finished recipe? I can't wait to preorder your cookbook! P.s. A year or so ago, I made your lentil loaf recipe with bbq glaze. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Very sweet Jermisha, thank you so much! YES! Every single recipe will have a photo! That was something I wasn't willing to budge on because I know how important it is :) That is so awesome, I love that lentil loaf!
      • Thanks so much for the prompt reply! Now I am even that more excited about being able to get a copy of your cookbook! I myself personally love drooling over recipe photo's. lol I have a feeling your cookbook will be a huge success! 8 ingredients or less means not having a super long shopping list. 😊 P.s. I also subscribed to your YouTube channel. Thank you for all that you do by making eating healthy easy and affordable!

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