Writing a New York Times bestseller: Check

Last Wednesday, I got an email from the communications director at Rodale (my cookbook publisher) stating that my very first book I’d ever published, Recipes from My Home Kitchen, was going to debut at #12 on the New York Times best sellers list for the week of July 14th under the Advice/How To/Misc. category. I was so incredibly stoked. I was in the car with my girlfriend on our way to a happy hour for a friend’s birthday.

“I’m not going to drink to her birthday,” I’d said. “I’m drinking to my making it to the NY Times best sellers list!”
I thought getting into University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and graduating with my MFA was an awesome feeling. Winning the title of MasterChef last year was superb. But I have to put being a NYT best selling author on to that same list if not at the top of it all. It was seriously yet another dream come true. Now to work on getting that Pulitzer…and then the Nobel…

Speaking of my cookbook, many of you have been asking since its release back in May, “Can I send my book to you for you to sign it?”

I’ve always had to turn down these requests because I simply, as a one-woman (with an occasional half or two) show, did not have the capacity to receive, sign, and ship back books. If I said yes to one person, I’d feel obligated to say yes to them all, and with all my traveling and workload, I just couldn’t do it. I felt bad because I don’t like disappointing people.

And then my local Houston book signing at Brazos Bookstore came and went. And then because I support Brazos for their long-lasting relationship with our graduate program, I decided to suggest they carry signed copies of my cookbook. It was a win-win situation: Brazos gets to be the exclusive store carrying signed copies of my cookbook which obviously leads to more sales for them, the fans get what they want, and I am happy to please everyone.

Ask, and you shall receive. Buy signed copies of my cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen, from Brazos Bookstore. As always, thank you so much for your love and support. xoxo

10 Responses to Writing a New York Times bestseller: Check
  1. @JDent503 Reply

    Congratulations. When I read that, I was pretty stoked myself.

    I'd be willing to bet money that you'll end up with the Pulitzer and the Nobel. I'd wish you luck, but I don't think you need any luck at all.

  2. Reader & Eater Reply

    Good job. Will it be today the Pulitzer and tomorrow the world?

    • Christine Ha Reply

      That's the plan. ;)


    Perfect article! Well done!

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    Wow, You'd explained the cause of drinking in a much funny way as you drink for your making way to the NY Times best sellers list rather than a friend's birthday. Congrats mate, you'd achieved something great and mighty. Looking forward for some more cookbooks. Thanks for the share.

  7. Roshaida Reply


    I am eagerly awaiting for the publication of your memoir, which I'm sure will be another bestseller. I have much confidence that your Pulitzer dream will be a reality very soon. You definitely have my full support.

    • Christine Ha Reply

      It's so hard to make time to work on the memoir nowadays, but I hope to do so over the winter when things are a little slower.

      • Roshaida Reply

        Thanks for the reply Christine.

        You certainly have a lot of wonderful things happening, with filming The Four Senses, keynote addresses and the upcoming cruise. And also, you are still getting your routine rituxan infusion for your NMO, thankfully with minor side-effects (yes, your health is important, too). So it will be good that once thins are a littler slower you could get back to your other passion, i.e. creative writing.

        All my best wishes to you!!!

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