Have a beautiful cookbook that truly represents YOU and is brimming with your voice and vision
Have passive income coming in on the regular from book sales
Establish yourself as an expert in your field
Grow your brand awareness
Have *the* most memorable calling card to share with clients + customers that speaks to your abilities as a creative
Instead of being overwhelmed by the cookbook creation process, floundering for a bit, and then putting together an “okay” book just to get it done (or giving up on it altogether), I'm here to lend a helping hand, pull you out of the deep end, and guide you through creating + sharing the awe-inspiring cookbook you deserve, step by step.
Hi there! I'm Eva Kosmas Flores, a food-loving 2x cookbook author and food photographer. This past year has shown many of us in the creative field that we need to stay true to our voice while diversifying our income, and there's no better way to do both than by sharing your passion for food through your very own cookbook.
But as you can imagine, writing a cookbook isn't as easy as putting together a blog post. It's a big (and exciting!) project that takes a lot of love, work, and precision. And after coaching countless students and friends in the food realm through confusion and frustration during their cookbook writing process, I knew that I wanted to share my strategies + resources for creating a beautiful cookbook without being overwhelmed during the process.
So I asked myself “how can I share the experience + knowledge I gained writing my two cookbooks to make this a simpler experience for others?”
And after months of shooting, editing, and writing, I’ve created this richly detailed program that pulls back the mysterious cookbook-writing curtain, takes you step-by-step through developing recipes and creating your book, all while creating a community of support + accountability on our Zoom Q&A sessions to share in the cookbook writing experience!
Roll up your sleeves and get ready, because I'm taking you through all the strategies, tools and techniques behind building your own recipe from scratch. From inspiration to cooking techniques to flavor profiles, we're diving into it all!
The craft of writing a good recipe is more than just writing down what you did. There's a lot of technical grammar and instruction-related writing rules involved, and for good reason! Grammar + rules are there to make sure that your reader's dish turns out exactly the same as yours. In this module, you'll learn to create stellar recipes that are easy-to-follow and taste consistently delicious every time.
The process of getting your book made can feel like a big, vague mystery. Well, it's not that mysterious in real life, I promise! Because in this module, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of honing your cookbook concept, the ups and downs of working with a publisher vs self-publishing, and how to do each of those two publishing paths. From literary agents to print-on-demand services, you'll learn about it all!
Writing a cookbook can be a very overwhelming experience if you don't have any structure or plan to follow. In this module, though, we're going to eliminate that overwhelm through systems + schedules that will help you to write your book, minimize expenses, and get as many copies of your beautiful book in people's hands as possible.
It's both! All of the hours of pre-recorded video tutorials are permanent resources for you to go through at your own pace and rewatch as many times as you'd like, at any time. You have lifetime access to all the course content, from videos to pdf guides to bonuses.
We also have LIVE course Q&A discussions on zoom every 8 weeks for a year starting in late-September and going until late August, to give you support + accountability as you're creating your book.
It lays a foundation of resources you'll have in your creative toolkit for years to come, while giving you that personal + live support as you grow!
This 40-minute video tutorial takes you through customizing your cookbook in Adobe InDesign. InDesign gives you the most control over the image quality and design of your cookbook. From changing fonts, colors, and layouts, adding and deleting pages and images, and exporting your book, you'll learn it all! If you want to physically print your book, this is the application I would recommend using to design it. And with lifetime access to the course, you can spend your time with the design process and revisit this tutorial video as many times as you need to, to get the look juuuuust right.
This 25-minute video tutorial takes you through customizing your cookbook in Canva. Canva is a very user-friendly design platform that you can access through your web browser (they have a mobile app, too, but I would recommend designing your book on your computer via the web browser rather than trying to write an entire cookbook on your iPhone). From adding and deleting pages and images, changing fonts, colors, and layouts, and exporting your book, I've got you covered. And with lifetime access to the course, you can spend your time with the design process and revisit this tutorial video as many times as you need to!
Because recipe developing + cookbook writing is a long-term project, we'll be meeting for hour-long Q&A's on zoom every 8 weeks over the course of a year so that you can have support during every step of the process! At these live sessions, you'll have your questions answered, connect with other creatives, and have a community of accountability and support around you. Plus, lifetime access to our exclusive private facebook group, where you can continue that discussion outside of our zoom calls. And if you can't make it live, no worries! Every session is recorded and uploaded to the course afterwards so you can watch it whenever it's conventient for you :)
Nothing is as helpful as advice from those who have been there + done that, and in this bonus you'll get the inside scoop on the self-publishing process from Britney Brown Chamberlain of Britney Breaks Bread! After the massive success of her holiday-ebook, she's sharing what worked, what she'd do differently, and the process and platforms she used to self-publish her book in this in-depth interview PDF + audio file. Thank you for sharing, Britney!!
Hi there! My name is Eva and I am a 2x cookbook author, food photographer, creative business owner, teacher, and workshop host. Welcome, and pull up a seat!
Sharing food has been a lifelong love of mine—I grew up helping at my family's Greek deli, and feeding people brings me more joy than pretty much anything.
I wrote + photographed my first cookbook (Adventures in Chicken) nearly 7 years ago, and followed it with my second cookbook, First We Eat, a couple years later. First We Eat was nominated for IACP's Best Cookbook of 2019, and since then I've photographed two other cookbooks, The Wicked Healthy Cookbook, and Everyone's Table by celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet.
And I've done all of the above while still keeping up with my Saveur-nominated food blog Adventures in Cooking, workshops, courses, and other freelance clients. Needless to say, at this point, I know my way around making a cookbook! 😅
I have been on multiple sides of the cookbook creation process with different publishers, and know what goes into creating a beautiful and impactful book that readers will love.
When I was writing my first book, I made so. many. mistakes. (#1 was timing part of the recipe development during my kitchen renovation...yes, it was indeed as much of a mess as it sounds!) I've been there in the trenches, being up against deadlines, asking for extensions, marketing the book with the humble resources I had. I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears into my books, and I know how much it means to finally hold it in your hands and have that enormous sense of accomplishment wash over you.
Creating a cookbook is an incredible thing, but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. Everything I learned from each of these projects + experiences, I've distilled down into this program. I want it to be an approachable, exciting, passion-filled project that leaves you feeling proud + accomplished, and with a gorgeous + marketable book in your hands.
"Eva really takes the time to thoroughly answer questions and not rush everyone---and help people at whatever level of expertise they are at----she meets them where they are so sincerely!"
Lifetime access to all the course content
Over 3 hours of permanent recorded video tutorials taking you through every step of recipe development and cookbook creation
BONUS Video Tutorial guiding you through designing your book in Canva
BONUS Video Tutorial guiding you through designing your book in Adobe InDesign
116-page Guidebook with richly detailed information plus example images to help guide you through the course
Exercises for each Module to help you put what you're learning into practice
Printable References that you can keep handy in the kitchen to make it easy for you to develop recipes + create your book, like measurement conversions, recipe creation worksheets, baking ratios, and more!
Resources Guide sharing the exact equipment I use and recommend throughout the course, listed out in one tidy simple place with hyperlinks!
Closed captioning + written transcripts for every video, so you have clarity if English is your second language or you're hearing impaired
Audio files of every tutorial video, so you can go through the course in whatever method works best for you
Mp4 files of every tutorial video
Live Q&A Sessions on Zoom, where you can have your questions answered, share your experiences, and connect with like-minded creatives (details on this above under 'Bonus #3'!)
One of the hardest parts of writing a cookbook is having no one to turn to for advice or peer support in the thick of it. Writing a cookbook is a *very* unique process, and being able to ask questions + talk to folks who’ve been through the same thing is SO incredibly helpful!
And because writing a cookbook is a long-term project, I’m hosting LIVE Q&A’s on Zoom every 8 weeks for a year to give you advice + support when you need it, through every single step of the process. Let's do this!
You can hear from my previous students about their experience with my other courses below—I'd love for you to become one of these happy course graduates!
“I have absolutely loved taking Eva’s class. I am blown away by what a natural, empathetic, and detailed teacher she is. She really is a gifted and natural teacher- she has found her calling! I appreciate all the work she put into creating such a detailed and valuable course. Sometimes with online courses you are worried they will be all fluff, but with her course, it was the opposite. I don’t feel like you can put a price on all that valuable knowledge and inspiration, it was worth far more than I paid. I progressed ten times as fast in my journey as a food photographer than I would have without her guidance.”
“Eva’s generosity of spirit really shows through in everything that she does and the passion she has for food photography is truly inspiring. You can tell that she really wants everyone to become the best food photographer that they can be! I thought her class was reasonably priced and actually felt once I had seen the quality and how much work she had put into it that it was worth much more than I had paid. Thanks Eva for making it so accessible!”
"The course was incredibly organized, easy to follow and packed with so much valuable information, I honestly can't recommend it enough! Eva covered everything you could possibly need to know for starting and running a successful business. The modules were the perfect length and the schedule was easy to follow without getting too overwhelmed. I continue to implement so much of what I learned throughout CBS into my business today. Definitely choose the VIP option - you can't put a price tag on having direct access to Eva and the 1:1 session is so worth it. Hands down, Creative Business School is the BEST online course I've ever taken!"
With over 115 pages of richly detailed instruction, examples, and images, this PDF Guidebook translates the video tutorials into an e-book format allows you to easily reference any course information at any time.
Don't worry about having to pause and rewind videos to write down the names of resources! Every single resource, website, and tool mentioned in the course is listed out + linked to it in our handy little resource guide!
Think of this is our permanent gathering space outside of our Zoom calls. This is where you can ask questions of / share resources with your peers, share excerpts or ideas for voluntary group feedback, get to know each other, and continue to grow the relationships and knowledge that we're cultivating in our Zoom round table discussions.
Access to the course NEVER expires. As long as the internet exists, you’ll always have access to it ;) I know that the cookbook creation process isn't a short one, so I wanted to make sure you could refer to the course at any time during your cookbook creation, without feeling stressed or rushed. I got you!
Nope! This is brand-new content, created specifically for a deeper and richer dive into all the aspects of cookbook creation, from recipe testing to self-publishing to working with a publisher to designing your book, and lots more! I specifically created this course because I wanted to give you as much helpful information as I could to make the cookbook creation process as approachable, low-stress, and low-cost as possible. This is the course I wish would have existed before I wrote my own two cookbooks—it would have saved me a lot of time, money, and headache if it did!
I recommend going in the order of the modules and lessons, since each lesson builds on the information covered in the lesson before it. As for the pace, there is no set "speed" at which you should go through the course materials. Instead, you should go through the course at the pace that works best for you to retain what you're watching and learning. Whether that means 2 weeks per lesson, or 2 days per lesson, you do you! And because you have lifetime access, you can always refer back to the content anytime for a refresher!
No, this course focuses on recipe development and the process of creating a cookbook. While the course does talk about the shooting process and how to schedule shooting + editing the images for your book, and how much you can expect to spend if you hire out for your book's photos, it doesn't teach you photography itself. If you're looking to learn how to take stunning, eye-catching photos for your cookbook, my signature Photography + Styling + Branding Course would be a great fit for you!
All the equipment I recommend for the course is linked to in the Resources Guide within the course. It's full of my favorite recipe-testing gear + sources, with hyperlinks, so you don't have to worry about googling anything or accidentally ordering the wrong thing :) It's nothing expensive—just tools like my recommended planning applications, timers, thermometers, kitchen scales, books, etc, that will ensure an accurate cookbook + low-stress writing experience!
Yes! All the videos are available for streaming immediately and will be available for download starting on August 28th. All course documents are available for immediate downloading, too!
There are two design applications covered in the course, Canva and Adobe InDesign. If you want to design your book in Adobe InDesign, you will need to download the program. Canva has a desktop website, so you don't need to download an application, but you will need to create a free account with Canva so it saves your cookbook design as you're working on it. You will also need to download the Zoom application (it's free) to participate in the live Q&A session.
When you join, you won't be beholden to a deadline. And you won't be asked to pay some additional fee to extend access. I want you to be able to reference the program as many times as you want, whenever you want. Whether that's months, seasons, or years from now, you can count on this resource to be there for you!
These are the tools I wish I would've had around when I was writing my two cookbooks. To make it easier for you in the kitchen, I've got some WILDY helpful printable resources for you, including a Recipe Ratio Reference, a Measurement Conversion Chart, an Internal Cooking Temperature Reference, and a Recipe Inspiration Worksheet that you can print out + fill in over and over again.
When you join, you'll be a part of a community of passionate and and warm creatives who are just as committed to and excited about growing their skillset as you are.
Immediately upon signing up, you'll have access to all of the course materials and the bonuses. This means you'll be able to go through as much of the course as you'd like *before* making a final commitment. If you don't feel like you're improving in your cookbook writing and recipe development knowledge, just reach out, show me you've done the work, and I’ll gladly give you a refund. [Full details here]
This isn’t the time to put your dreams back on the shelf again.
If you’re still reading this, I know you’re a passionate soul that’s feeling called to create something beautiful + nourishing for the world, and for yourself.
The roller coaster this past year put us on has brought into focus what really matters. And if you’re seeking permission to take that dream off the shelf and invest in yourself— nobody can give that permission but you.
Whether or not you decide to join me, I just want you to try and incorporate that passion into your being.
Even if it’s just for a few minutes a week—little by little, it will make each week brighter than the last. It might take you someplace you never even imagined—and it might find you at home but fulfilled.
And in the end, that’s all that matters.
Know that I’m here for you, whenever you’re ready to take that step. I got your back ♡
Your forever cheerleader,