It seems that Julie Powell of Julie and Julia fame paved the way for food bloggers. Her success has made publishers more likely to scan the blogosphere for other successful food bloggers–and the possibility of turning their blogs into books.
However, for food bloggers it seems that holding back some material is a good thing. The published books tend to include more new material and less blogged material. However, the blogs and the blog readers are, indeed, landing the book deals.
To find out more about food blogging to a cookbook deal, read this Edmonton Journal article by Addie Broyles. Titled “Making the Leap from Blog to Book Harder Than it Looks,” it includes an interview with Kirsty Melville, president of Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Lisa Fain, whose blog-turned-book, Homesick Texan, will come out later this year. It may be hard to land a blog-to-book deal, but it’s true that acquisition editors are looking at food blogs for potential new books. And deal can be had.