We’re Having a Baby!

Yeah, I thought that would catch your attention.

Well, as much fun as another FishBaby would be, that is not the kind of baby I’m talking about. Instead, we’re having a different kind of “baby,” one we celebrated a few weeks ago at Red Robin.

This baby is due in June, will be delivered digitally, and will be the culmination of much more than nine months of work.

Confused? Well, in plain English, I’m writing a book! Last month I signed a contract with Harvard Common Press and will be writing a cookbook.

A real cookbook. You know the kind you go down to Borders and drool over and then fork over some cash and take home and cook up a storm and then you put it on your shelf until the next time you get hungry. I’m writing that kind of cookbook.

Yes, yes, I am.

And this is almost as exciting as having another baby — obviously, in a very different way.  But, I may gain a few pounds anyway.

Harvard Common Press and Not Your Mother’s Cookbooks

I’m honored to join the Harvard Common Press team. They have produced some fantastic cookbooks, including my most well-worn favorite, The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook.

My cookbook will be joining a number of exceptional cookbooks as part of the Not Your Mother’s Cookbook series.

These books include:

These books are not only quality imprints, but they also contain a wealth of information and recipes for preparing delicious, updated meals.  Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook was revolutionary to the way I cooked and the way I looked at a crockpot. And I am amazed that I get to be a part of this series.

In case you haven’t guessed already, I’m putting together the “Make Ahead and Freeze” portion of the series. And I hope that you will help me. After all, this book is for you.

Readers ask me all the time if I can recommend a good freezer cookbook. And my response has been, “The one I’m going to write someday?” Well “someday” is here. And I welcome your input and requests. Be sure to chime in during Freezer Cooking Days each month and feel free to send me an email with your freezer cooking questions.

What Shall We Name This Baby?

So, today we’re celebrating with a giveaway. Since I want your active input throughout the creation of the book, I’d love to hear your ideas for the title!  It obviously needs to start with “Not Your Mother’s.” You fill in the rest. Tell me your idea in the comments for your chance to win this giveaway.

Three LifeasMOM readers will receive a copy of the newest volume in the NYM series, Not Your Mother’s Fondue, compliments of the Harvard Common Press.

Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Since this giveaway is random, it’s okay if your idea is the same as someone else’s. I’ll close the comments on Monday night (12/6/10) at 8 pm PST and announce the winners shortly after.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for all the great book name ideas! Congratulations to nblazin@, sallycoupons@, and  cookwithdenise@ – their numbers were drawn randomly.

So, whaddya think?

What would YOU name this cookbook?

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

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  1. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking!

    • @Stephenie,
      Stephenie,

      That was literally my very first thought too! :)

      Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking

      OR

      Not Your Mother’s Freezer Friendly Food

      Congrats! I will definitely want a copy of this book :)

  2. AllieZirkle says:

    Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Meals

    (Or Freezer Burned Madness)

    :) Allie

  3. Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Meals

  4. how about Not Your Mother’s Prepare Ahead Meals.

  5. Not Your Mother’s Freezer

  6. Not Your Mother’s Frozen Casseroles ;)

    (SOOOO proud of you and excited for you!)

  7. Congratulations!!! That’s awesome news!!!

    Not your Mother’s Home Cooking

  8. not your mother’s make and freeze

  9. Not your mother’s frozen fish sticks

  10. Christina Smith says:

    How about “Not Your Mother’s Make and Freeze Meals”

  11. Congratulations!!! That is very exciting!!

  12. Not’s your Mother’s ~ Frozen Dinners
    Wonderful make a head meals for your family

  13. “Not Your Mother’s Meal Planning.”

  14. Like others who commented ahead of me, I was thinking, “Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead Meals”

    Congratulations!

  15. I don’t have any creative ideas but congratulations!

  16. Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinner.

  17. So awesome, I need this book now!

    Not Your Mother’s Prepare Ahead Meals

  18. How exciting, Jessica! Yeah for you. I think a title could be, “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals (A Guide to Delicious Freezer-Friendly Foods)”

  19. I like the first two because it means all around freezer cooking. Congrats and as we say in french “bon courage” because you’ll be having a hectic year!

  20. “Not your mother’s ordinary freezer”

    :)

    Best of wishes to you!! :)

  21. Not Your Mother’s Freezer

    Not Your Mother’s Meal Plan

  22. Not Your Mother’s Frozen Assets :)

    I just want to be a recipe tester…where do we sign up for that?

  23. Not Your Mother’s Frost Bitten Garbage

  24. I am SOOO excited for you! I never buy books (usually just get them at the library) but this is one I will be NEEDING. I follow your freezer cooking every month and have so many of your recipes bookmarked. Now I will free up some space in my Google Reader. LOL. I love the title (previously suggested) “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinner.”

  25. I like not your mother’s meal planning!

  26. CONGRATS!! What wonderful news!

    I’d go for something like:
    “Not Your Mother’s Heat & Eat”
    (Recipes for the Freezer)

    Can’t wait to drool over it in the stores!

  27. “Not Your Mother’s Frigidare (A Guide to Modern Freezer Meals)”

    OR

    “Not Your Mother’s Ice Box Meals”

  28. Tara LaPierre says:

    I like the Not your mothers Frozen Dinner

  29. Congratulations!!!!

  30. Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners (freezer cooking for the busy mom)

  31. Not Your Mother’s Deep Freeze

    Not Your Mother’s Frozen TV Dinners

  32. Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners (lol)

    ok there is something about freezer cooking that makes me feel all 50′s and June Cleaver-ish.

  33. Such wonderful news all the way around! Good for you.
    Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinner is cute but I think Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking captures the whole idea best. Good luck and have fun!

  34. Congratulations- so exciting!!

    Not your Mother’s Good Cheap Eats :)

  35. Not Your Mother’s Frozen TV Dinners

  36. How about Not Your Mother’s Fast Food

  37. Not Your Mother’s Last Minute Dinner out of the Freezer Cookbook

  38. Not Your Mother’s Mushy Freezer Food

    Congrats on the book!

  39. Not your mother’s TV dinners (make ahead meals)

  40. “Not Your Mother’s Deep Freeze Dinners”
    Congratulations, I’m looking forward to the book!

  41. wish your baby was due earlier, my 4th baby is due late March and I could use your cookbook to help fill the freezer!! Congrats:)

  42. Not Your Mother’s Average Freezer Meals

    Good Job.Way to go Mama!!!!!

  43. Waaa-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
    I am soooo excited for you!!

  44. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m SO excited for you!! I know how much work that takes and continues to take, so it makes it all the sweeter to see the results! Seriously – I squealed for you when I read the post. :-)

    As for a name, I’d have to do something like:

    Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners

    or

    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals

  45. Not your mother’s make ahead meals?
    Congratulations on the “baby”! :)

  46. “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Friendly Food”

    Or

    “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Friendly Fare”

  47. Congrats on the new baby & book!

  48. “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Pleasers (A Guide to Make-Ahead Meals)”

    Can’t wait to buy this book….or any others in the series.

  49. Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Meatballs

  50. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals

  51. Not your mother’s natural food

  52. Jennifer C. says:

    Not your mother’s tuna casserole: a freezer cooking companion.

    Congrats to you!!

  53. Not Your Mothers Freezer Food!
    Congrats on the cookbook deal! Thats really amazing!

  54. Not your Mother’s Freezer Friendly Food. (A guide to make ahead dinners)

  55. Not your mother’s freezer

  56. Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Cookbook

    Or

    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Burned Food

  57. “Not Your Mother’s Icebox!”
    I didn’t see it yet but didn’t read all the comments before me.
    Kris
    kspwilson at msn dot com

  58. This is so exciting! CONGRATS!!

    Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners

  59. I like Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals. Congrats!

  60. Not Your Mother’s TV Dinner. Congrats! I really was sooo excited you were pregnant, glad I actually read the post before I commented, ha!!

  61. michelle waite says:

    Beth Hensperger is one of my favorite cookbook authors. I have Challah from her Bread Bible in the oven right now. What an honor to publish a cookbook in the same series as her slow cooker cookbook.
    I dream of publishing a cookbook someday. I will read your blog and learn.
    Have fun writing it!

  62. Congrats. How very exciting. I discovered Not Your Mother’s Cookbooks at out local library. I have checked them all out a time or two. I just might have to invest in this one. Have fun and hurry up already…we’re all waiting.

  63. I like “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners”.

  64. I like the plain and simple.

    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking
    or
    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals

    Congratulations. I must admit, when I saw earlier in the week that I needed to stay tuned for a big announcement I thought you were having a baby of the human variety. When I saw the post I was so excited. Even though it turns out that I am wrong, I am excited about this! Can’t wait til it comes out next year!

  65. I will be first in line to buy this gem! I’m thinking “Not your mothers freezer cooking” FOR SURE!!

    Congrats, FishMama!!

  66. Not Your Mother’s Frigid Dinners (a guide to freezing make-ahead meals)

    So glad you’re doing this! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book when it comes out!

  67. Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners

  68. Congrats! I love your blog and your recipes. You inspired me to start my own blog this week. I hope to link up with yours soon!

    Just playing with the FishMama thing:

    “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Fish Sticks”
    :-) Congrats!!

  69. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Burned Food

  70. That’s great new! I’d go with “Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Meals for the Freezer”.

  71. Congratulations! How exciting!

  72. “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals”

  73. I have no ideas for names, but I have some other “ideas” or recommendations as a newbie to freezer cooking. 1) It would be awesome if recipes were ranked according to difficulty regarding prep time, ingredients, & cooking “techniques”. 2) General guidelines for how long items should be kept — maybe even write a “throw out” date on the labels? Just yesterday I found a freezer meal buried in the bottom of my freezer and couldn’t remember when it was made! 3) When you start searching the internet about freezer cooking, it can get really overwhelming — maybe an “internet resources” section would be nice.

  74. Not You’re Mother’s…Frozen Meals

    CONGRATS : )

  75. Not Yo Mama’s Frozen Food! Just an idea! Congrats! That is nearly as exciting as having another baby, and I am so I’ll need this book in June when my baby is due!! Congrats, again!!

  76. Well I was hoping to be original but I checked to see if these have already been mentioned, and they have . . .

    “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners”

    or

    “Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners”

    were my first thoughts.

    Perhaps “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Entrees”, for a slight twist?

  77. Congratulations!! That’s terrific news! You totally deserve this opportunity. I’m going to go with “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking” – seems to work!

  78. Not your mother’s frozen dinner.

  79. How about Not Your Mother’s Frozen Casserole?

  80. Jessica, I am so proud of you and happy! I think I started reading Life as Mom in it’s first week or so and have loved seeing you grow as a blogger. Now, an author! I was thinking Not Your Mother’s Life Saver (but myabe that’s a little vague). ;-)

    Wishing you joy and success on your journey!
    hugs, Libby

  81. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! What a wonderful reward for all your hard work! I can’t wait to hear that the book is on the shelves :)

  82. Not your Mother’s TV Dinners

  83. Many of us are your faithful followers and have maybe tried a recipe or two along the way. But many people do not know what freezer cooking is all about. I would suggest something along the lines of Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead and Freeze: Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Busy Nights

    or

    Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Once A Month Cooking

    So excited for you and the FishFamily. Congratulations!!!

  84. Congratulations!!! Oh, that’s so exciting, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! =)

    How about “Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals: No-Stress Recipes for Make-Ahead Cooking”?

  85. Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners

    or

    Not Your Mother’s T.V. Dinners

  86. I was going to say “Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners” but I see that’s been said already!

  87. Congrats!

    “Not Your Mother’s Frozen Food”

  88. How about “Not Your Mother’s Deep-Freeze: Once A Month Cooking Made Easy”

  89. Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners

  90. I like “Not your Mother’s Freezer Meals.” And congratulations!

  91. Not Your Mothers Meal Plans {Recipes She Wished She Had!} Your Guide To Once a Month Cooking.

  92. Congrats on the book!

  93. gypsy thomas says:

    Not your mother’s idea of dinner or
    Not your mother’s kitchen

  94. Joellen Foster says:

    My first thought was Not Your Mother’s Frozen Meals, too, but I really liked the Not Your Mother’s Freezer Pleasers suggestion–it’s all encompassing and a clever turn of phrase.

  95. Not your mother’s frozen dinner

  96. Congratulations, Jessica! Can’t wait to see the finished product, you go girl!

    Kelly

  97. So excited!!! Not Your Mothers Freezer Pleasers

  98. Amazing! I am a huge fan of that series, their slow cooker book really taught me how to make good food in the slow cooker versus the mediocre stuff I had been cooking before!

    I love:

    Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinner: Using your freezer for delicious family meals.

    I would love Not Your Mother’s Mystery Meat . .. but that would not market your book very well :-)

    Cannot wait!! Congratulations!

  99. Congratulations!! That’s so exciting :) I vote for “Not Your Mother’s Make and Freeze Meals” or “Not your mother’s freezer dinners”

  100. Not Your Mama’s Frozen Dinner (or Get Thee Behind Me Casserole!)

  101. Sheryl F. says:

    Not your Mother’s Foods from the Freezer.

  102. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals — Congrats!!!!

  103. Congratulations!! Thrilled for you, look forward to the new book.

    Certainly ‘Nacho Mama’s Meals’ was already suggested. ;)

    Not Your Mother’s Icebox – A Month of Meals

  104. TV dinners is not your mother’s idea of easy dinner. Plan ahead, gain more time by freezer cooking

  105. ‘Not Your Mother’s Make and Freeze Cookbook’.
    I hope it has lots of pictures? Good luck with your new baby ;-)

  106. Not your mother’s batch cooking!

  107. Not Your Mothers Frozen Leftovers!

  108. Not Your Mothers Guide to Freezer Cooking

  109. Taylorbunch says:

    I think Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking would best convey the subject.

  110. LeeEllen V says:

    Not Your Mother’s Frozen Casseroles!

  111. Not Your Mother’s TV Dinners
    was my first thought.
    Congratulations! Look forward to using it one day!

  112. Congratulations! How exciting! Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals is the best I can do!

  113. Congratulations!!! Exciting news for you and your family!

    Not Your Mom’s Traditional Meals

  114. Not your moms frozen meals!

  115. lani castro says:

    Congrats! That’s awesome! I like Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners.

  116. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Foods Cookbook

  117. Jessica Gaul says:

    I like “Not Your Mothers Money Saving Cooking Guide”. It goes with what you try to do to help people save money, time and help them organize. It could be more then a cook book. It could have some of your organizing sheets to help people organize a quickly for meal time/shopping. That is always the hardest part. Making sure you have everything. Maybe make a staple list. Start from the beginning. So excited for your book! Congrats!!! Cant wait to see what you come up with.

  118. That is SO exciting! Congratulations!

    How about……

    “Not Your Mother’s Frost Bites”

  119. LOL Just like so many others, my first thought was “not your mother’s freezer cooking” :)

  120. Not your Mother’s Frugal Menu Plan

  121. I love the TV Dinners/Frozen Dinners ones! :)

  122. How about “Not Your Mother’s Cook-Ahead Cookboook “?

  123. Not your Mother’s guide to saving sanity by planning and cooking ahead of time!

  124. Yeah! I am soooo excited for you. I have read your blog for what seems like forever, so it feels like a friend is writing this book! I love it! I cannot wait to read it!!!!

    As for a title, I thought of Not Your Mother’s Frozen TV Dinners, too. I also thought of Not Your Mother’s Freezer Food Stash. :)

  125. Not Your Mother’s Nightly Cooking; Freezer Cooking Monthly Cooking.

  126. Susie's Homemade says:

    Congratulations!!! What a huge accomplishment!

  127. Congratulations!!! I am so excited. You are the right person for this opportunity. Frankly, I can’t believe there isn’t a show on the Food Network about this;they are so behind and missing the boat.
    Name it –
    Not Your Mother’s
    OAMFC
    (Once a Month Freezer Cooking!)

    Really introduce it to the world and how it can be modified by having each chapter vary – not by the type of food but by the amount of food showing everyone it can even become: cook once eat twice meals for families of two. Don’t just say it’s freezer meals…it is so much more than that. For one, it’s about planning and being a better “you” with the time you’ve gained from cooking more efficiently. Two, the quality meals produced because you plan. Three, families are healthier, happier and heftier in their wallets because variety of meals means less whinning and less waste of leftovers.
    I will shut up now.
    CONGRATS!!!! As Nemo’s mom would say….”We’re going to be PARENTS!!!”

  128. So excited for you!
    My suggestions:

    Not Your Mother’s Icebox Meals

    or

    Not Your Mother’s Icebox Treats

  129. Not Your Mothers Frozen Entree or Not Your Mothers Frozen Food

  130. I can’t think of a title that hasn’t already been suggested – but I know I’m going to call it “mine” as soon as it comes out!

  131. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking

  132. My ideas have been mentioned already! haha

    I like:
    Not your mother’s freezer cooking/meals

    or

    Not your mother’s once a month cooking

    Congrats!

  133. maybe…’Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Meals’

  134. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! And there’s no doubt in my mind that you have earned it.

    How about a combination of one that other people are suggesting and using yours and Money Saving Mom’s slogan for Freezer Cooking Days?

    Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead Meals: A Guide to Homemade Convenience Food

  135. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking

  136. Angela S-L says:

    Not your mother’s freezer meals

  137. “Not Your Mother’s Frugal Frozen Fiestas!”

  138. I like “Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead Meals”. It has a nice ring to it.

    I will definitely be waiting for this! Congrats.

  139. kristi juette says:

    Not your mothers freeze ahead meals
    Fresh and fabulous freezer cooking

  140. I like…
    Not Your Mother’s Frozen Dinners

    CONGRATS!

  141. Great news! I’d say the title should be “Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead Meals”.

  142. Not your mother’s freezer meals.
    Good luck! That is so exciting!!

  143. Not Your Mother’s Icebox Fare

  144. Everyone has already mentioned the ones I have thought of, but a HUGE congrats to you!!! This is so awesome!
    God Bless

  145. Not your Mother’s Freezer Cooking. Thanks for the chance to win.

  146. Not Your Mother’s Idea on How to Feed Your Family Fast!

  147. I agree with others:
    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals:)

  148. Heather Pierce says:

    Not your mother’s freezer meals.

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see the book when it is published!

  149. Not your mother’s made from scratch favorites

  150. “Not Your Mother’s Menu”

    Congrats!!

  151. Not Your Mother’s Use of the Freezer.

    congrats!!!

  152. Noah :) for boy and Isabelle for girl :)

  153. Not Your Mother’s Cooking Style

  154. Sally McQuaid says:

    Thats so excited. This will be a definite book on my wish list once its out.

    I say.. not your mothers freezer pleasers..

  155. Congratulations! I like Not Your Mother’s Ice Box.

  156. Not Your Mother’s Freezer Cooking (cook once and have people thinking you’ve slaved for days)

  157. Not Your Mother’s Homecooked Freezer Meals:

    Budget Friendly and Time Saver Meals for Every Busy Family

  158. Congrats!

    Not Your Mother’s Freezer Feasts

  159. “Not Your Mother’s Icebox”
    Congratulations!

  160. Not your Mother’s Freezer Meals!

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