SOURCE: Foodista, Inc.; Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

December 01, 2009 13:45 ET

Andrews McMeel Publishing and Partner on Best of Food Blogs Cookbook and Competition

Web Site Now Accepting Submissions of Recipes, Photography and Writing for Inclusion in Cookbook to Be Published in 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO and SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Beginning today, food bloggers worldwide are invited to submit their favorite recipes and photos for possible inclusion in a cookbook to be published in fall 2010 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP).

The idea behind "The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook" took form during a "Blog to Book" panel at the first International Food Blogger Conference earlier this year. There AMP and, the cooking encyclopedia everyone can edit, identified a strong desire among food bloggers to see their work appear in book form. Now they'll have the opportunity.

For the next three months, food bloggers can submit their photography, writings, and original recipes to The public can view all submissions on the website and vote for their favorites. That feedback and editors at both companies will determine the approximately 100 entries chosen for inclusion in "The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook." Each winner will receive a free copy of the cookbook.

Food blogging has exploded in recent years as people from all walks of life have turned to the Web to share their kitchen knowledge and artistry. Posts take the form of prose and photography about everything from ethnic foods to specialized diets and family holiday traditions. AMP is an apt partner for the cookbook as the company has enjoyed great success going from online to print, particularly with this year's "Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong" by Jen Yates. The New York Times best seller is based on Yates' phenomenally popular blog, and with 75 percent original content, the book has appealed to the author's established blog following as well as to new fans.

"Andrews McMeel Publishing is thrilled to continue its Web-to-print program by partnering with in producing an innovative and beautiful cookbook," said AMP Publisher Kirsty Melville. "We're excited about getting the world's best food-blog content in front of the wide audience to be reached with AMP's extensive marketing and distribution networks."

Barnaby Dorfman, founder and CEO of, said: "We love cookbooks, which are different from our online cooking encyclopedia that is constantly evolving. The creativity we see from food bloggers is so impressive, we decided that a collection in book form would be a great snapshot of this emerging form of food writing."

To enter the contest, bloggers simply need to visit There they can cut and paste recipes from existing blog posts into's recipe submission form and upload photos directly to the Web site. There is no limit to the number of submissions each blogger can enter. The contest runs from now until Feb. 28, 2010, and is free for all to enter. Winners will be announced at the 2010 International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, planned for late summer.

About Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (AMP)

As a leading publisher of general nonfiction trade, cookbook, gift, and humor books, AMP has had three titles on the New York Times best-seller list in 2009: "Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong" by Jen Yates; "Stupid American History" by Leland Gregory; and "Obama: Election 2008" by The Poynter Institute. In addition, "Bee & Me" by Elle J. McGuinness and Heather Brown, published by AMP's Accord division, held positions on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists this year. AMP's burgeoning cookbook program, launched by publisher Kirsty Melville in 2007, has met with great success, including an International Association of Culinary Professionals award in 2009 for "The Art and Soul of Baking" by Sur La Table with Cindy Mushet. "The Art and Soul of Baking" also was a James Beard Foundation Award nominee in 2009.

Additional highlights on AMP's fall 2009 list include "My New Orleans: The Cookbook" by John Besh; "Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats" by New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive; "Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years by Charles M. Schulz"; "The New Yorker On the Money" by The New Yorker magazine; "Baking Kids Love" by Sur La Table with Cindy Mushet; and "Stupid Science" by Leland Gregory. For more information, visit


Foodista, Inc. is a Seattle company that operates, the online cooking encyclopedia everyone can edit. The company leverages open source software, cloud computing resources, and wisdom of the crowds to rapidly develop cooking software and content. The founders have decades of experience in food service and building large-scale consumer Web sites used by millions. Launched in 2008, the company is funded by private investors and

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