Oh my goodness, I got a book deal!

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So, I’m so excited I might burst! I just signed the contract for my first book deal! (Can you see me glowing from there?)


*deep breaths*

Here’s the scoop.

The book

The working title is Slushed: From Frozen Gin Fizz to Watermelon Margarita Sorbet—150 Icy Treats for the Coolest Happy Hour Ever.

(Ah, frosty, liquid love.)

The book will be a collection of easy-to-make, booze-infused frozen desserts (everything from pops to ice cream and frozen cocktails). It’s scheduled to be published in the Spring of 2012.

If you know me, you probably know that I make a lot of ice cream. You probably also know I shake up my fair share of cocktails—and I’m no stranger to booze-ifying my recipes (hello, Drunken Coffee Jello Squares).

Spiked, frozen desserts are right up my alley.

My publisher

I’m working with Adams Media, a non-fiction publisher that prints over 300 books a year, including the Everything series, Why Men Love Bitches (which has sold over 1 million copies…holy cow, right?), and The New York Times Bestseller, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.

The deadline is pretty aggressive, so if you’re looking for me this summer, I’ll be in my kitchen commanding a small fleet of ice cream makers—writing recipes and shooting all the photography.

By the way, if you live in Salem, you’re hereby deputized as an Official Hungry Mouse Tester. You guys are generally a pretty thirsty bunch, so I’m guessing you might not mind. 😉

Stay tuned

Stay tuned for more news and recipes. It’s going to be a wild summer.

Talk to you soon!



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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. Jessie, I'm not even the tiniest bit surprised (because you're awesome and all) and I'm *so* happy for you! Congratulation hugs all round! All hail empress mouse!
  2. Congratulations! From what I have learned here, very well deserved :) Have fun with it and let us all know when it is officially out!!
  3. Amazing!!! You absolutely earned it! I am constantly on your site for the last recipe to take to the many families parties my boyfriend and I attend. Enjoy each and every step of the process. I can't wait to get our own copy here in South Boston!
  4. Congratulations I will definitely buy a copy. Cooking in the kitchen with my laptop is all edgy and all, but I look forward to a nice book filled with awesome pics. Really Congrats!!!
  5. JESSIE.... OMG..... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could help with the taste testing but I'm at the other end of the country...I'll be thinking about all your helpers though.... Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!
  6. i know just how you feel!! when my cookbook "There's not a healthy recipe in this whole damn book, a guide to southern comfort food" got published i was soooo happy. just seeing it on Amazon.com was amazing to me. when it got great reviews I was astounded. best of luck with your book. i know it will be successful..your recipes are really good!! Congratulations
  7. So thrilled for your book deal! I have loved your work (both food writing and food photography) for a long time and can't wait to see it published in book form! I am in Salem, so would happily volunteer as a taste tester or photo assistant. :)
  8. Big Congratulations to you Jessie! Just found your site this morn on how to make Espresso in my Bialetti pot - thanks so much - that little pot makes the best Espresso ever! Will look for your book - what is the publishing date? Your photog shows great talent - beautiful! Inviting you to visit our online shop - www.natureshealinggifts.com, for nature's healing gifts, bath and body gifts, Lavender eye pillows and much more. Have a great day!