Fofky's Kitchen's Book Launch
Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Welcome to the official book launch for Fofky's Kitchen by our founder, Papatia Feauxzar. Check her out in her humble kitchen below...
This book launch will be in a short interview format. You can request an electronic signature for your copies of the book here at authorgraph. To get your paperbacks signed, please email email@example.com .
Fofky's Team: Congratulations on publishing your book! It's one of the kind. When did you decide to write Fofky's Kitchen : Easy Recipes for Traditional and Street Foods ?
Papatia Feauxzar: Thank you! I decided to write Fofky's Kitchen one night after re-watching Julie & Julia. Julie wrote her book so that people in America who have no cooks or chefs could prepare gourmet French Cuisine on their own. On that particular night, it hit me that there was no Ivorian Cuisine cookbook that I knew of that could help Ivorian students who struggled like me to eat their favorite dishes when they left the African continent. Alhamdullilah, I already knew how to cook. Many Ivorian students I know didn't know how to cook. For me, it was finding the ingredients that was the challenging part because I didn't have a reliable means of transportation yet.
So, I finally sat off to make my project come to life this year and help this niche that really needs it. At times, I felt like it would take years like Julie or Julia's books but I received help from my family members. That made it a little simple and the project took less time to complete.
Fofky's Team: We're also glad that your vision came to life in a timely fashion and great thinking on your part. It's true, Ivorian students and other Ivorian immigrants often find themselves in areas where finding their native food is hard to find or come by.
Hopefully, your book can be the start of something revolutionary in that market.
Papatia Feauxzar: I hope so too. Thank you.
Fofky's Team: Now, tell us a little bit about the book. What issues did you encounter?
Papatia Feauxzar: Without including the front and back matter, Fofky's Kitchen has over eighty recipes divided into breakfasts, beverages, appetizers, snacks, breads & cereals, stews & entrees and real desserts.
The main issue I faced while trying to compile the book was finding nice and inviting pictures of the Ivorian dishes depicted in the book. The dishes are a bit unique to West Africa and the Ivory Coast. Therefore, there are not readily available on general African stock pictures. I'm not a professional photographer but I'm an excellent cook if I say so myself. So, I had to try to raise the bar by 'gentrifying' pictures of the Ivorian dishes in order for my cookbook to bring a level of excellence in taste and picture to the diversity book table.
Fofky's Team: We see. Well, the book looks fabulous now and we like the recipe card format. You certainly impressed the Ivorian community. Can you please share an easy recipe with us?
Papatia Feauxzar: Ah, thanks! Sure.
Fofky's Team: Thank you for giving us a peek into your cookbook; Fofky's Kitchen : Easy Recipes for Traditional and Street Foods. How has your designing journey been with this book; inside and outside? Was it hard to pick one layout over another? Did looking at other cookbooks help?
Papatia Feauxzar: You're very welcome. Designing this book has been fun and challenging. Some inspirational quotes crossed my path at the same time and that boosted my confidence. One by Milton Glaser said , " There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no, and wow. Wow is the one to aim for.” The other said, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” ― Mary Lou Cook .
I related to both quotes because the early versions of the cookbook were very basic and alhamdullilah now I received some "Wows" about the current design of the book. Like I always say, early readers will always help you polish your art. In my case, they did.
When it came to picking an interior design, it wasn't hard. I had narrowed my choices to a few ones. My early readers and friends helped me stick with the best look for the book. For the cover, I picked it and I knew it would work the minute I saw the picture. And the cover designer made it pop. Alhamdullilah.
Finally, I have several cookbooks and I browsed many cookbooks in my lifetime. It's perhaps one of the things I enjoy a lot when I go to bookstores regularly. I take the time to inspect the genres I fancy. When it came to cookbooks, I realized that there was no set rules. Some cookbooks have no pictures. It's probably because pictures tremendously raise the print cost. Other cookbooks have pictures sparingly. And many others have lots of pictures. With Fofky's Kitchen, I tried to have decent, attractive and fitting pictures for every dish even if you won't eat the pictures *laughs*. Food bloggers and readers agree that they have the power to make your mouth water and make you hungry for the dish. So, I aimed for that feeling.
Fofky's Team: Now, for our final question. You mentioned that you knew how to cook already when you came to the USA. How is that determined in your culture? In other words, is there a rite of passage?
Papatia Feauxzar: You become a good cook or a chef, the minute you could make a one of kind omelet dish. I'm kidding that's The One-Hundred Foot Journey in Madame Mallory's Kitchen.
There were many cooking tests once we reached puberty but in my family, you were mainly considered a gbâkêla (chef or cook), if you could cook rice impeccably; the African way. If your rice looked like risotto, you were in big trouble and the butt of jokes for quite a while. I wished I knew there was such a dish in another culture back then so that whenever I failed to make rice properly, I could have said, "I have some Italian blood, you just don't know it. *Laughs*." If you could maneuver an African spatula well while making cornmeal or cassava patties, you won points toward your gbâkêla title. If you could pound tubers or any other cereals without having blisters in your palms, you were a tough cookie.
The list goes on. Thank you for the interview.
Fofky's Team: You're hilarious! No problem. Fofky's Kitchen is available to purchase at these links below:
Amazon Links: eBook link : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBH1CM6 .
Hardback link : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1947148168 .
Paperback link : https://www.amazon.com/dp/194714815X.
Fofky's Link : https://www.fofkys.com/buy-books-coffee-sweets-and-tea
You can read the press release here .
Thank you for being with us.
The Fofky's Book Launch Team