Wrtr srvs up 1,000 Twitter rcpes in new ckbook

Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:32pm EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Between writing poems and short stories and receiving rejection letters from publishers Maureen Evans began sharing her passion for cooking on Twitter almost three years ago.

Using the popular social network platform, which limits tweets to 140 characters, was easy because her partner Blaine Cook was its chief architect.

The 29-year-old Canadian's tweets of her condensed recipes have garnered more than 32,000 fans on @cookbook, her Twitter account.

Although her Twitter following is modest compared to those of celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay, it was still big enough for publisher Artisan to persuade her to compile her recipe tweets into a book. "Eat Tweet," will be launched on Thursday.

"The real benefit is that it's such a small book and it has 1,000 recipes in it, and it can fit in your back pocket," Evans said in an interview.

Her recipes are diverse and reflect her love for cooking, which was instilled by her parents while growing up in northern British Columbia and her time living in San Francisco.

Recent tweets ranged from a fruity couscous to a Thai yam khao pot, or corn salad.

Despite Twitter's tight format, Evans said she aims to pepper her recipes with a dash of lyricism.   Continued...

<p>Maureen Evans in an undated photo. REUTERS/Mollie Copans/Handout</p>