I think we can take the wraps off now.

Some of you might have noticed that countdown just under banner of chowtimes.com. We had been calling it our Project DIVERSELY DELICIOUS. During the Christmas holidays, Suanne had been sitting for countless hours at the computer working tediously at the project.

Well … we finally got the package this afternoon. We were so excited and had been waiting for this for days.

We opened up the package and loved what we saw!!

Ladies and gentlemen … THIS is Project DIVERSELY DELICIOUS …


It is a cookbook!

It is tentatively called Diversely Delicious. We wanted to do this cookbook as a contribution to the … Richmond Community Kitchen for all recipes that I learned from the many sessions.

The cookbook showcases all the recipes that were published on chowtimes.com last year (2009). It has about 150 recipes. While the recipes are mostly from the Richmond Community Kitchen, Suanne had included some of her own and also other individual (we need to confirm with the individuals first before we can mention them).

Diversely Delicious is still very much a draft copy but it does look pretty good. IF we do sell this to the public, we had already decided that we will not make any profit from it. Instead, any profit from this will benefit the Richmond Community Kitchen.


We thought we call this cookbook Diversely Delicious because it contains a vast variety of recipes from many countries around the world.

There is still a lot of work ahead as we found out the hard way the actual effort required to come up with a cookbook. There is still a lot of vetting, proofing, validating, and contacting every individual and organizations that had in one way or another contributed to the contents. We also need several levels of approvals and agreements before we set this to print.

Meanwhile the countdown continues. The countdown shows the remaining seconds to January 15th. Looking at the amount of work still required, we might not make that date … but still we are excited to finally holding it in our hands.

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  1. Wai Bing

    So, this is what the countdown is about! Congratulations! I think this is a great idea! Let me know when the book is out.

    Wai Bing

  2. Marike

    Looks great!

  3. Joyce

    Congratulations, Ben & Suanne! What a great idea to raise fund for Richmond Community Kitchen. Very generous of you!

  4. Eat. Travel. Eat!

    Wow, what a great idea! I like the simple layout of the recipes with the photos.

  5. Chai Leng

    excellent idea.. 😀

  6. eliza

    congratulations ben & suanne on all your hardwork!!!
    i wish you both success with this project!

  7. RobynT

    very cool! the diversity angle is a great concept–i think it really captures one of the draws of your blog. and i agree that the design looks great too!

  8. Britney

    Which publisher? May I ask?

    1. Ben

      Hi Britney: We uses Blurb for the cookbook project.

      1. Britney

        The book looks awesome. You have to sell it. 🙂

  9. LotusRapper

    Wow, congratulations Ben & Suanne !

    Glad to see your ideas and hard work materialized. What a thoughtful thing to give back to the community.

    I bet the photography is stellar 😉

    Oh c’mon, there’s gotta be a “Chowtimes” restaurant and TV cooking/travel/eating show not far down the road 😉

    1. Ben

      He he he … I just want to debunk the notion that the photography is top notch. They are respectable but is certainly miles away from Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray! Frankly, we will be happy if just 20 people care enough to buy them. It is our labor of love for the RCK more than anything else.

  10. Jonathan

    congratulations! cant wait to see the final product, the photos look gorgeous!

  11. Belinda Lau

    Hi Ben and Suanne,

    Hope you still remember the young Msian stranger who emailed to seek advice. Still holding on to life here (baring the incidents that are happening in Msia the past few days… so sad…) and stalking your blog regularly! 🙂

    Happy new year and what a great way to start off! Coincidentally, I was reading a page from David Lebovitz which I think might be useful:


    (Hope I am allowed to paste the link here)

    Well, all the best and hope to hear good news from you soon!

  12. cissy

    wow, amazing stuff.Congratulations!
    Do count me in as one of your first customers:P

  13. Marguerite

    Congratulations to the both of you! I’m sure the cookbook will be a success. Good luck and hope you’ll get all the approvals for the final print soon!

  14. LotusRapper

    I’d like a copy if they will become available for sale 🙂

  15. etranger

    Don’t be surprised if you sell a lot of these…

    I want one for sure! I use the recipes often. I predict you’ll have future editions, too.

    1. LotusRapper

      I confess as to never used Suanne (or anyone else’s) recipes that were posted here, I guess due to my laziness to print it up (like how hard is that ???).

      But when the recipes are all bound in a book with big colourful, mouth-watering pics, well that’s a whole other story ! 😀

  16. Richmond Foodie

    I, like etranger, have used many of Suanne’s recipes. I think this cookbook idea is brilliant! Sign me up for one! Congrats on succeeding with this project!

  17. Suanne

    Hello everyone. I am so touched by all the support. The book is just a simple compilation of all the recipes on the site last year. I must credit most of the work to the people who came up and share the recipes. I was there to learn. I will keep everyone informed on the progress as I will be meeting the RCK team the next two days.

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