Work on the recipe book also is going well -- I've finished the Meat and Poultry section, the Vegetables, and the Drinks, and Appetizers and Fish and Seafood are only waiting for one recipe each from my mother (which I need to call and ask for, maybe today). Still a fair bit to go, but good progress is being made. And my volunteer cooks have started trying to make these dishes, so that's all good. :-) I've started talking to illustrators about design possibilites.
It's funny -- realizing that there was no way I could make it fit into Cafe Press's 52-page limit for saddle-stitch and that I'd thus have to make it a perfect-bound book has made me feel like I have to do a better job with it. I know lots of people putting out little saddle-stitched chapbooks, and they're charming and I find that in my own head, I don't require much more out of that format other than it be charming. If it's anything else -- bonus! Whereas once it's got a more formal binding, I expect it to do a little more than simply charm. Weird. It's a binding, dangit. Why should it matter? Sometimes my own brain bewilders me.