It’s less than two months until my first book comes out and I’m excited to finally share a little more about the book, reveal a few preview photos, and offer signed bookplates for pre-orders.

Signed Bookplates for Pre-orders

If you plan on purchasing the book, a great way is to pre-order it. It’s currently available for pre-order at most of the big online merchants (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Indigo, Bookish). You can also buy from the publisher. For international readers, you can order from Book Depository (thanks Belinda!) The great thing about pre-orders is that most companies have a price guarantee, so if the price does drop between when you order and when the book is released, you will be charged the lowest price. Also you aren’t charged until the book is shipped, so you can pre-order it and forget about it, and it will be shipped to you when it’s released.

In addition, as an added incentive for pre-ordering, I have 100 signed bookplates to give to the first 100 pre-orders. Simply be one of the first 100 to send me an email with 1) proof of purchase, 2) who you want the signed bookplate to be addressed to, and 3) mailing address for the bookplate to be shipped. Bookplates are basically an insert which you can stick into your book, so that you have a signed book.

The publishing company has already printed out 100 of them for me and they look like this.

I will sign the bookplate with a message and Mr. K has also agreed to contribute with a Kirbie icon sketch similar to the one you see on my blog and social media, but this one is customized for the book.

I am also working on putting together some giveaways that I will be raffling off to pre-orders such as mug sets, cooking tools and more.

By The Numbers

95: the number of written recipes in the book. There are also additional suggestions for other variations to some of the mug cakes, so you really have more than 100 recipes to choose from. I originally wrote 100 recipes for the book, but we ended up adding in fun toppings, frostings and decorations and in order to fit those all in, we cut out a few recipes.

515: the number of mug cakes I made in writing this book. For each recipe, I went through 3 to 7 variations in order to determine the best one. I tasted them all (I spared my taste testers with only the best versions).

65: the number of new recipes I created for the book. Some of them will be shared on the blog but many will remain exclusive to the book. Some of the new recipes include: flourless Nutella cake, Hostess cupcake, dulce de leche cake, Thai tea cake, mimosa cake, just to name a few.

This cold and refreshing cucumber salad is easy to prep and ready in minutes.

One of my favorite ways to eat cucumbers is Chinese-style cucumber salad. Crisp cucumber pieces are seasoned with just a few simple spices to create a crunchy and flavorful dish.

During a recent trip home, my mom prepared the cucumber salad a little differently from her usual recipe. I was surprised at its simplicity and how much I enjoyed it. Her recipe cuts out about half of the spices, but without affecting the taste.

We’ve been craving the smoked tuna fries from TJ Oyster Bar 2 ever since our first visit last month, so we made our way back. This time we went with friends, letting us a try a greater variety of items.


My friend started out with a refreshing glass of horchata. I love the mason jar mug used. She said it was a little on the watery side though.

Smoked Tuna Fries

Of course we had to order the popular smoked tuna fries. The fries were a little paler than our first visit and as a result, weren’t as crunchy. This was still good though and topped with a generous serving of smoked tuna.

Octopus tacos

One of my friends recommended this to me, so I made sure to order it. I really liked it. The octopus was chewy and flavorful.