Welcome to the Reading Room
You made it to the Reading Room. Thank you.
My name is Nica and I am writing a cookbook with personal stories about food from home. I am not a chef nor am I a traditionally published author (at least yet,) so I consider it a miracle to have your attention.
If you've read my literary zines, you know I write short fiction. My characters are animals, enchanted fruits, or ancient birds. In all of them I am the voice but behind them I am hiding. I am writing a cookbook about food from home because for the first time I want to tell a story and arrive as my own character. This time, I will not hide.
The Reading Room is a place where you can read my manuscript as I write. Traditionally, writers only invite you to read their book when it's published. Traditionally, writers only invite beta readers to read their manuscript when it's complete. Heads up: I will not be like other writers.
Inside the Reading Room, you will read my manuscript as I write.
I am warning you: If you are expecting a cookbook with straight-forward recipes, do not read mine. My cookbook will include personal stories about the dish, the histories of the commodities in it, and the reasons why I sought to learn how to make it.
If any of this moves you, I am excited to have you in the Reading Room.
How the Reading Room works:
On Sunday morning I will upload pages of my manuscript in the Reading Room for you to read. If you're looking for something to occupy your time outside the daily noise, my manuscript can be that alternative. If you're in Manila, the manuscript will be ready on Sunday evening. If you're in eastern time, Sunday noon. If you're in Europe, Monday evening.
There are remarkable books out there that tell an impressing story about food, but not one that puts Filipino food as the protagonist while bringing people from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences in one table to eat, think, and be in love.
Thank you for reading my manuscript as I write. I am excited and terrified. See you inside,
Writer and voice of @kwentobynica
Enter the Reading Room by clicking HERE.
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