Exciting News – Savory Sweet Life Cookbook!

by Alice Currah on March 4, 2012. Updated March 5, 2012

It is with great joy that I am finally able to share some very exciting news.  I wrote a cookbook!

A little over two years ago I signed with William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins) to write and photograph a family cookbook.  After signing my contract I planned to announce the book deal but decided not to because the publishing date seemed so far away.  I was told early on by a few close author friends that writing a cookbook is like being pregnant: I would gain a few pounds, encounter sleepless nights, labor much, but love working on it like it was my child.  And boy, were they right.    

Halfway through writing the cookbook our family was struck with tragedy when my dad was suddenly killed after being hit by a car.  For months I worked on helping my mom close her business and move her out of my childhood home and into our home.   Several months after dad passed away I couldn’t get myself to work on the cookbook or the blog.  I was so exhausted trying my best to just take care of everyone.

It was a very hard and confusing time for me.  My mom – my wonderful mom – sat me down to have a heart to heart conversation.  I remember crying during our conversation because of how overwhelmed I was and all I can remember is how she spoke to me in half Korean and half English, that “…we would get the book done.  With God’s help, we would get the book done.”  For dad’s sake, she was going to help me; missing deadlines was not an option.  She offered to watch Eli when I needed, she would be my photography assistant at times when I needed an extra hand, and she often would insist on cleaning up after me in the kitchen after cooking and shooting.  She is my angel and hero.


It’s been nearly a year since I turned my manuscript in.  I remember the day I turned it in.  I cried tears of joy that I finished and tears of grief I had been storing from an emotional year.  I poured everything I had into the cookbook and now I get to finally share my news with you!

The book itself is divided into everyday life events: birthday parties, Mother’s Day, potlucks, game day, Christmas morning, and other life events.  The recipes are divided to give you ideas and inspiration to capture life as it happens with great memorable food.  Written in an approachable voice, the recipes are fun, easy to prepare, and have great practical tips to help you every step of the way. 

Most of the recipes are new and never before published on Savory Sweet Life.  I saved my best recipes just for you.   I’ve also included some of the site’s most popular recipes. 

All the photos with the exception of one were taken by me.  I have always thought of Savory Sweet Life as a photo-driven food blog and the photos in this cookbook will not disappoint you.  Each recipe has a photo and some recipes have step-by-step captions to guide you.   It is a visual feast.

Last week was so surreal.  I received a huge yellow envelope from New York City with a proof of my book inside.  There she was – my book in proof form.  Oh God, this is really happening!?   And did I really reference “Galaga” not once, but twice in my cookbook!? Which brings me to the writing in the book.  I think a lot of you are going to be pleasantly surprised by my writing laced with humor.  You are going to get a glimpse of me.  The dork me that my friends and family know all too well.  Yes, I am the Galaga Queen of the world!


Earlier today I submitted my last edit by email.  It really is done.  To celebrate my husband and I shared a Grapefruit Vodka cocktail.  The recipe is simple, 1 ounce each of grapefruit juice cocktail, grapefruit vodka, and lemon-lime soda.

The book is will be released June 5, 2012.  But the good news is that you can pre-order the book from any of the book sellers below (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and Indie Bound).  As the publishing date draws nearer and I find out more, I’ll be sure to share with you details of the book tour (I’m going on a book tour…. can you believe this?) and anything else book related.

Lastly, thank you.  So many of you have walked along side of me since my dad died. Your emails, comments, and friendship has sustained me through one of the hardest seasons of grief I’ve ever experienced.  I am so glad to be able to share what I hope to be one of the greatest seasons of joy with you too.  Thank you so much, your support means so much to me.

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Amanda S. March 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

…and, I’m pre-ordering it now! :)


Jaime {sophistimom} March 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Oh, Alice, Alice, Alice! How happy I am for you! And how beautifully you expressed your experience in such a turbulent year. Bless your mother for what a help she was, and bless you for carrying on with the book at such a time. This book will be such a wonderful tribute to your father.

All my love to you, and congratulations!


Vicki Bensinger March 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

First of all I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It’s hard enough losing a parent when they are ill but to lose them so tragically is quite another story. I hope you, your mom and family are coping better now.

Congratulations on your first book. This is so exciting. I know it will be a huge success. Please keep us posted. The cover looks inviting!


Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Congratulations! It looks absolutely stunning.


elizabeth k March 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Congratulations and blessings!! I am so thrilled for you, and look forward to having your cookbook in my home. What a year you have had – came through, stronger – sharing the importance of leaning on another person (mom!) to get through – and sharing your wisdom with us! All success to you!


Nora March 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Congratulations! I will definitely pre-order. Hope your book tour hits the South. Would love to see you in Alabama.


Alena March 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Per-ordered! I wish June would come sooner!
I love your recipes!


Florence S March 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Congratulations! Your experience and persistence are inspiring. Best of luck with the book!


Irene March 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Congratulations on your coobook, this is so exciting! I’ll make sure I get a copy!


alice March 5, 2012 at 2:18 am

Thank you so much everyone for your kind words and support! I really appreciate them and they encourage me so much. My mom does not use the internet but I told her that I announced the book today and how wonderful people have been in showing their support. She was grinning from ear to ear.



Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon March 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

What fantastic news Alice. Hope your book tour brings you close to the Balto/DC area so I can get my copy autographed!


Stacey March 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

Congratulations! Alice I am so happy for you! I am also happy for myself because I can’t wait to see your delicious recipes and gorgeous photography in person!!! :)


Stacie @OneHungryMama March 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

YAY!!! Congrats, Alice. I cannot wait to get my hands on your book. Even without having seen it yet, though, I can say that you should be proud. You did it! You rock. xo


Annie March 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

Oh Alice, this is such wonderful news! Your blog is truly one of my favorites and I couldn’t be happier for you. I’m sure you are thrilled!


Jun Belen March 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Congratulations, Alice! So excited and proud and happy for you!!


Mary Cooper March 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

So excited for you!! And for all of us who will get the cookbook ;) The photos looks so bright and beautiful.


Kristen March 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I am so happy for you… I remember talking in the car on our way back from BSP about your book. It’s been a long time coming and I’m proud of you for persevering through all you have been through. Your dad would be very proud :)


Madeline G. March 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I can’t wait to see the book! Congratulations!!!


Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy March 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

That is so EXCITING and I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to get a copy of it. Thank you for sharing glimpses of your life with us. It truly is an amazing gift.


Esther March 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Congratulations Alice! I simply love reading your blog and re-creating your recipes. Everything I have tried from the Molten Lava Cake to the Chicken Marsala, I have loved. Thank you so much for sharing your time and food with me :)



Von March 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm

can’t wait to get my hands on your book. Love your style of cooking.


Alice March 7, 2012 at 1:22 am

Thank you so much everyone!

VON: So happy to see you here!!


MJ March 7, 2012 at 1:20 am

Congrats Alice- This is a huge accomplishment and you have worked seriously hard to make it happen. Rest in knowing that you have done your best and let Gods peace guide you from here. Lots of love!


Lucy March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

That is so awesome for you, Alice! Congratulations!


Lori @ Lemons and Lavender March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

No matter how old we get, our moms will always be our biggest cheerleaders. I love that your mom was right beside you throughout this labor of love. I can’t wait to read your cookbook! Congratulations!


Amy March 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’m so very excited for you Alice! What a wonderful accomplishment through such a difficult and busy time in your life too. Can’t wait to see it in person.

P.S. Can your mom come for a visit? She sounds wonderful!


Janna March 9, 2012 at 3:46 am

When I read your news on Twitter, I knew that was only a part of the story, but I had no idea what the other half entailed. I didn’t know about your father, until now. I’ m so sorry, and yet, so proud of you.

You and Janice remind me of my sister and I, in part. I’ll never forget the first time I met you two at the Mayflower Park Hotel: so close, and yet so different.

I’m rooting for you. Just remember that you’ll always have a shoulder to lean on in the bay area.

- Janna


alice March 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

Thank you Janna. xoxo


Lisa Mullany March 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

Love your blog, just pre-ordered the book – all the best!


adrene March 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

I am so excited for your book! I will head to Amazon when I’m finished congratulating you. You are such an inspiration as I have been following you for a few years now and understand the heartache and many transitions you have had to balance. Will you be in Boston to tour as I won’t be in Seattle until Christmas? Make sure you post your touring schedule so I can get a few autographed!
Omedetou gozaimasu to you AND your mother for being so supportive!


alice March 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

Hi Adrene,
Thank you for your very kind comment. Right now we are schedule only local events but if you come to Seattle, let me know! Would be honored to sign your book for you!



Jen March 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

Can’t wait to pick up your book when I go back to the states in the summer!


Kelley March 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congratulations! The book looks wonderful. I can’t wait to check it out!


Rosalind Vieira March 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

Cheesy Olive Bread!!! YUM


Flavia Scalzitti March 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Alice, It’s been so long since I’ve written to you here. I have been trying desperately to catch up on all my blog reading. I saw your announcement about your cookbook on Twitter and was so thrilled to read it. Congratulations! I have already pre-ordered my copy, so I will leave an extra spot for someone else to enter your generous giveaway. I just wanted to stop by to tell you how happy I am for you and wish you all the wonderfulness in the world with your new endeavor. And if your book tour happens to bring you to Houston, Texas (hint, hint), I’ll be in line to come say hi and congratulate you in person with a very big hug. :) xo


Maressa March 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Congrats Alice, what wonderful news!! I love your blog. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!


WhitMc March 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Congratulations!! What a long road, and you deserve it so much! I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on it. And I am so happy to hear there will be mostly new recipes in it! A wonderful surprise!


ShakaMama March 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

This is so exciting! YAY! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!


Alisha March 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

The Orange Marmalade Rolls. Soooo tasty!!!!!


Kelly March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

How exciting! Congratulations!!


alice March 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thank you so much everyone. Your support and enthusiasm overwhelms me with joy!



Jenniemarie @ anotherhousewife March 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Your story and journey has captivated my heart. I remember reading your post on Everyday Alice on Father’s Day and being comforted. My dad died suddenly long ago but I remember The First year like yesterday.

I am so excited for you. I will definitely be ordering a copy for me and one to giveaway on my blog. I have tried several of your recipes from your blog and my family has loved them. Congrats.


reader March 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I am very happy to read this announcement. Your book is going to be awesome. It makes my day to know it will be available right before summer. I look forward to hearing more about its arrival. Both your recipes and reflections on life inspire.


Jackie March 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I am so excited that I can finally give back to you Alice!


Jessica March 22, 2012 at 5:00 am


I always visit your site every now and then especially after I discovered the best chocolate chips cookies ever!

I am excited to have a copy of your book. I just hope that it will be made available here in our country (Philippines) after its release in the US.


Candy June 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

This site is just absolutely amazing and now it’s in a book? Even better!
I can’t wait to start trying these recipes and I really want to thank for them.
You’re the first person whose recipes have really made me want to cook (and I am
Thank you so much for your efforts! Bless your mother for helping this to come true! Congratulations!!


Lark October 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I am THRILLED for you!
I loved the heart felt “story” you shared with us on tall of the “trials” and daily life
you went through while writting this book! I can not wait to get my hands on it!
CONGRATULATIONS!! This is HUGE! YOU did it! :)


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