Author: Luisa Perkins
•10:52 PM
I'm thrilled (and a bit nervous) to announce that I've been writing a cookbook, and that I am self-publishing it through Lulu. If you have ever enjoyed one of my recipes (filed under the Delicious Dish category to the right), then I think you'll find this cookbook to be a great addition to your kitchen shelf. I've been having a blast re-testing many of my recipes to make sure they're worthy of publication; it has been a fun project.

Here's the only problem: I can't think of a title that I like. I've bounced a few ideas around with Patrick, but nothing has really worked for us. So I open the question to you, my faithful and patient readers. Can you think of a great title for my cookbook? Something that is witty, original, thoughtful, and connotes deliciousness? Something that will compel the consumer to buy ten copies as holiday gifts this season?

If so, submit it to me in the form of a comment on this post. (No, Pez, I am NOT just fishing for comments here. No, I'm not.) Do me a favor and run your submission through Google or another search engine beforehand, just to make sure it hasn't been used somewhere before.

If I choose your submission as the title of my book, I'll not only mention you prominently in the acknowledgments, I'll send you a signed copy free!

So put on your thinking caps and get to work! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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On 8/10/08 , Kimberly said...

It's too late in the day to be creative but I promise to pop back tomorrow and leave oodles of completely ridiculous ideas to make you giggle and roll your eyes over.

On 8/10/08 , Lemongrass said...

"Delicious Dishes" seems the obvious choice. I searched Amazon and there is one book with that title (198th of 198 matches on Delicious Dishes): by Nicola How published in 1984. I also found a couple of similar titles:
Delicious Dishes: a Reference Book for All Households (1901, unavailable) and Delicious Dishes: Vegetarian (2008).

On 8/10/08 , Anonymous said...

"Thought for Food". I thought this was brilliantly original (haha) until I googled it. It's apparently been used for an album and a campaign, but can't see any glaring references to recipe books, so it might still be OK? I'm not sure what kind of recipes you've included, but your food posts are often about food as an expression of love and sharing and you choose your ingredients with compassion and consideration for their sources. I'll post again if I have any more inspiration!

Hilary (

On 8/10/08 , richard 2 said...


I must get you the link to my cookbook that's being digitalized for wider consumption (pun intended).

For now, here's a go:

Blank Mang and Mortrews

On 8/10/08 , With a Y said...

I hope someone comes up with a good name soon. Everyone can't wait for that cookbook.

Here is my silly attempt, really it was just fun trying to come up with something:

A Selection of Savory, Scrumptious Substances:
Straight from the Masters Kitchen

Rather long, but a lot of fun.

On 8/10/08 , Josi said...

Dang, titles are not my forte, but here's my ideas

*Dishin' (there are a few with 'dishin' in the title, but none where it's just the word)
*Goddess Gourmet (there are some with Goddess in them, but not Goddess Gourmet-however, the word Gourmet often scares me away from cook books)
*Supermom In the Kitchen(there are some with Supermom in the title, but not this one)
*Yum, Yum, Gimme Some!(not taken)

Good luck and BIG Congrats, let me know when it's out. I love REAL cookbooks.

On 8/10/08 , Kateastrophe said...

So um, nothing to do with your book naming (because I have not an ounce of creativity today) BUT, I think I found your Mephisto Allrounders (in a couple of different styles) at

Just thought you might want to know :)

On 8/10/08 , Kimberly said...

What about something simple like:




or something more complicated and alliterative like:

Succulently Scrumptious

Scrumptious Sustenance


Tantalizingly Tasty

Gastronomic Goodies (tee hee)

Lusciousness Incarnate

On 8/10/08 , Christine said...

"Nirvana from the Kitchen"
"Now Serving...Nirvana"

I didn't see anything in google. but admittedly, I am not very good at things like that.

I am still pondering, searching for creative phrases...

On 8/10/08 , 2manyboyz said...

Droolicious Dishes?'s a start. Mostly I just want you to pick a title so I can have access to this anxiously awaited cookbook!!

On 8/10/08 , Anonymous said...

Maybe you could have a title based off of a quote. I really liked that Tolkien one you posted earlier. Maybe "Food and Cheer" or something similar. When it comes to titles, however, I am simple-minded.

Too bad it's not solely devoted to meat, because then you could definitely reference The Two Towers ;)

On 8/10/08 , Megan said...

Comfort Nibbles

On 8/10/08 , Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Okay... need to play with this with my FRESH, morning mind, but:

From a Cozy Kitchen

No one else has used it yet, but maybe there's a REASON for that...;-)

On 8/10/08 , Annette Lyon said...

I'm terrible at titles. Plus, I'm guessing you'd need/want something with a literary allusion or pun that I'm not well-read enough or clever enough to come up with. Which really stinks, because I'd love a free copy.

On 9/10/08 , Luisa Perkins said...

Note to self: remember to include Mortrews recipe.

On 9/10/08 , Brillig said...

"Novey-Lu and Yummy Too"

hahaha. No? Okay then, how 'bout,

"Delicious as Novembrance"

Hmmm, still not sure? How 'bout,

"Grammar Fascista Turned Gourmet Fascista"

Or, hey, how 'bout,

"Who is Luisa Perkins and Why is She in my Kitchen?"

Well, I probably didn't hit the jackpot with the title, but maybe I made you smile just a tiny bit?


On 9/10/08 , Elizabeth said...

"Delicious Goodness"

A did a quick glance at Google. No books came up on the first page. Nothing comes up on Amazon either.

On 10/10/08 , Anonymous said...
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On 10/10/08 , Anonymous said...

Cooking with Luisa or Novembrance in the Kitchen

They probably won't make the top ten but I had to play

On 11/10/08 , Karlene said...

I'm horrible with titles, but I did like two mentioned above:



Who is Luisa Perkins and Why is She in my Kitchen?

On 12/10/08 , Ingrid said...

Congratulations on writing your own cookbook. If I think of a title I will leave another comment here.

Hope those muffin cups are working out for you. :-)

On 12/10/08 , deb said...


how about Edo Edi Essum: Food for the Body, Mind, and Soul

On 12/10/08 , deb said...

or how about...

Cold Spring Cookbook or Cold Spring Cooking

i'm going for something kind of moosewood...

On 12/10/08 , Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm coming up with nada on the title, but congrats on writing the book! I want one! Let me know when I can buy it.

On 14/10/08 , jr said...

Luisa As Pie

Lunch Story (if you wanted to have a psychedelic '60s graphic on the cover)

Do Me a Flavor

On 15/10/08 , Hevansrich said...

Come to the Table

came to mind, but it turns out there is a Slow Food movement book of that same title! Who knew? (probably a lot of you, but not me)

On 15/10/08 , Brillig said...

No winner yet? Hmmm. I shall have to put my thinking cap back on... (Not that my other ideas weren't BRILLIANT, right?)

On 16/10/08 , charrette said...

Here are a handful I couldn't resist:
(I LOVE stuff like this!)

The Write Way to Cook

Luisa Perkins' Cooktionary

Cooktionary Tales

No Picky Eaters Allowed! (This should be MY cookbook)

Without Reservations

Writer's Crock (Hahaha)

Novembrance in the Kitchen

The Barefoot Fascista (apologies to Contessa)

Bread Zeppelin (ouch! wince!)

Large and Small Plates (apologies to Nephi)

Comfortably Yum :)

I'm pretty sure there's a better one out there, so
I might be back...

On 17/10/08 , Karen said...

Luisa, you have already named your cookbook. Just look at your labels. It could be Luisa in the Kitchen: Dancing with Myself. What about The Food of Love: Recipes to Keep Your Family Together. Or For the Love of Food. I'm pretty sure you could name it Bacon: The Gateway Meat, too.

On 17/10/08 , Virtualsprite said...

I love so many of these titles! You guys are so creative!

All I'm coming up with is "Thyme Savor," which is pretty corny.

On 20/10/08 , Adriana Velez said...

Wow, it's Cafe Press only for books! I'm going to have to take a closer look at this.

I vote for naming your book after your muffins "Mother of Invention Cookbook." Looking forward to the real thing!

On 25/10/08 , dawn said...

Way to go with the cookbook. It is something I have thought of doing for a number of years, but don't really have the focus. It is part of why I started posting my recipes though, so if I ever did get my act together the insurmountable work involved would partly be done. I admire people who can write and stick with it to get the job done. Way to go.

You have some amazing titles here already, and I am coming up blank. If I think of one in my sleep, I will come back if it isn't too late.

On 26/10/08 , Julie Wright said...

no great ideas on titles, but I'm really excited for you! I cannot cook to save my life.

On 29/10/08 , Anonymous said...

Off Topic: I got your comment over at my blog, and wanted to make sure you'd received my email response. Either way, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my short story in LCRW.