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Flash to HTML5 Video Conversion is Happening!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

It will be 20 years in 2012 when I first started working on the cooking around the world video project. It has been a series of incredible ups and downs and it looks like the final chapter of this series is happening soon.

My extremely talented webmaster has started converting the videos so they will play on Apple mobile devices. This is been a long road for both of us and the end is in sight! Since Apple, or more exactly, Steve Jobs, doesn’t like Adobe’s Flash software, converting videos to play on Apple mobile devices, on a small independent site, has been quite the chore. Flash plays on all devices except Apple mobile, so this conversion was necessary but a royal pain.

The good news is that he has cracked the code and all the videos will be live, soon!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Plus, the enhanced e-cookbook, Cooking Tips From Around the World, a Culinary Travel Adventure is also getting converted to additional formats to support mobile devices. Lots of great improvements are happening and I appreciate your visits to the site. Your suggestions are always welcome!

Epub3 here we come!

Lessons Learned – Dealing with an ebook Publisher

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Years ago I traveled solo around the world and videoed cooking schools and culinary professionals teaching their indigenous cuisine. It was a great adventure and I had hoped to get a television series produced with my footage only to find out, I didn’t follow union rules of having a huge crew follow me along. I was told a gutsy woman could not and should not, do this on her own. So, reluctantly, I put the whole project on hold thinking it will have a life of its own one day.

Then came broadband speed! The internet came alive with video and yes, my footage lives on my website and I’m thrilled to see these food ambassadors from around the world teaching people about their food, culture and style.

And then came the birth of enhanced ebooks! Electronic books with photos, video links and an interactivity that brings the recipes alive with how to instruction. But here’s the kicker: my publisher doesn’t do jack.

So many people are thinking about self-publishing since they have ideas and ebooks are a hot commodity at the moment. It’s an exciting time and producing an ebook is not rocket science. If you have content, which is the most important element, you can cut and paste your way into a pdf file or better yet, into epub and viola, you are an author.

Now comes the hard part: Marketing and Sales. If you go through a third party aka publisher, make sure they have a marketing plan to spread the word about your ebook. Otherwise, like me, you’re doing everything on your own with absolutely no support but having to pay commission on sales you generate.

Everyone and their brother is producing digital products. But quality rules and as the general public becomes more and more comfortable with having their reading material on a computer, as an option to print, enhanced ebooks are an exciting learning tool.

So do your homework. Content is king and don’t be fooled by charming hyped-up so-called publishers who will entice you with their lies they believe. They are most likely only in it because it sounds cool and as I’ve experienced, don’t have a clue about what they’re doing. Simply inserting text does not make a publisher.

About the author: Linda Naughton is founder of CookingTipsTV.com and author of Cooking Tips From Around the World, a Culinary Travel Adventure and is working on two more ebooks which she will publish herself. She can be reached at: Linda@CookingTipsTV.com

What were you thinking?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I get asked this all the time.

To make a long story short, I decided to travel the world solo filming culinary professionals teaching their classic indigenous cuisine with food items available worldwide. I previously worked with on-location crews filming shows for cable, am a devout foodie, was recently divorced and ready to have another adventure.

I started in New Zealand and shot their green lipped mussels, lamb and more very fresh seafood. I was amazed at the level of sophistication the chefs, restaurants and locals knew about food. Same with Australia. They take food very seriously and I was busy with several cooking schools both in the big cites and in the outback. Hong Kong and dim sum was the next stop. With it’s bustling traffic and people’s energy, became one of my favorite destinations in Asia. Singapore is a safe place for women traveling alone and since it’s located in a strategic position in the trading lanes of commerce, has a variety of indigenous cuisines. They all vary but have a nice spicy heat to make you sweat and offset the high heat and humidity.

Bali was supposed to be a resting place since I was on the road for several months and feeling pretty tired, but instead turned into a unique setting for their cuisine. Bangkok and the Cooking School at the Oriental, was amazing and the recipes are classic and delicious with great tips!

Britain became the next stop and I traveled through the countryside finding purveyors and culinary professionals teaching about traditional English fare. And then there was Italy, foodie heaven, and several special chefs and cooking schools teaching classic Italian recipes.

www.cookingtipstv.com hosts the videos and I recently published a companion multimedia enhanced e-cookbook, Cooking Tips From Around the World, A Culinary Travel Adventure, with more recipes, tips, photos, video links and travel tales from this adventure. There is a sample chapter available, free of charge, to download and get a taste of the e-cookbook. For more information, please visit: http://cookingtipstv.com/ebook/cooking-tips-from-around-the-world/

Get ready to be on an adventure!

Barbara Grandvoinet has joined CookingtipsTV.com

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I am very pleased to announce that Barbara Grandvoinet, has joined www.cookingtipstv.com as Editor Extraordinaire.

Born and raised in Paris, Barbara now lives in San Francisco as a director, producer and editor. Her film Pas De Deux won Best of Festival at the Berkeley Film Festival in 2005 and Children of the Trains (in post-production) http://www.childrenofthetrains.com/ is gaining attention worldwide. She’s currently producing a documentary about the National Film Registry, the power of movies and the importance of preservation entitled “Lost Forever” and a documentary about children in a remote village of Bolivia “Welcome to Yanayo”. She produces, writes and edits segments frequently broadcast on national television, as well as, documentaries, films, web videos and TV shows.

Her past work with the PBS/American Masters series includes: Julliard, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams, Robert Capa: In love and War and Clint Eastwood.

Barbara brings over a decade of expertise in preproduction, production and post production. Additionally, she is the Producer of Pacific Fusion, a weekly news magazine and freelances for major film and TV productions around the world. Her corporate clients include: Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Google, IBM France, CAMFED, Neutrogena and YMCA.

I’m thrilled to have her on board! To view all the cooking videos, please visit:
http://www.cookingtipstv.com/

Cooking Video Contest ends March 31 with incentives!

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The cooking video contest at http://www.cookingtipstv.com/ is ending on March 31st. There are great prizes including Grand Prize: Enclume’s most popular pot rack model for over three decades! This classic oval design is modeled after the first pot racks created for the King of France by his chefs three centuries ago.

John Boos Cutting Boards, Chef’s Design French Roaster, Dansk Peppermills, Xtreme cookware, Kyocera Knives, Minden Stove Top Grill, and Le Creuset French Oven are more of the prizes to be awarded.

For cooking video entries received now through March 31, 2010, I’ll send a copy of my new multimedia e-cookbook: Cooking Tips From Around the World, A Culinary Travel Adventure as a gift to you.

Your video should be no larger than 100 MB in either: mpg, mov or avi formats.

So go for it and get your cooking self out there! And most importantly: Have fun cooking!

Cooking Video Contest Deadline Extended

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

It appears Santa is bringing video cameras to folks and they’ve asked CookingTipsTV.com to extend the video contest.

Cook, Shoot it & Compete is a Regional Cooking Video Contest for both Culinary Professionals and home cooks. With the importance of using sustainable foods not only for our health, but also the environment, this contest is encouraging the use of regional products and recipes.

Grand Prize is Enclume’s most popular pot rack model for over three decades. This classic oval design was modeled after the first pot racks created for the King of France by his chefs three centuries ago. John Boos Cutting Boards, Chef’s Design French Roaster, Dansk Peppermills, Xtreme cookware, Kyocera Knives, Minden Stove Top Grill, and Le Creuset French Oven are some of the regional prizes to be awarded.

Please visit www.cookingtipstv.com for more information or contact linda@cookingtipstv.com Get your cooking self out there!

Cooking Video Contest ends December 1st

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Cook, Shoot it & Complete, a Regional Cooking Video Contest, sponsored by www.CookingTipsTV.com ends December 1st. Grand prize is Enclume’s most popular pot rack for three decades. John Boos Cutting Boards, Chef’s Design French Roaster, Dansk Peppermills, Xtreme cookware, Kyocera Knives, Minden Stove Top Grill, and Le Creuset French Oven are some of the regional prizes to be awarded.

With the importance of using sustainable foods not only for our health, but also the environment, this contest is encouraging the use of regional products and recipes.

Get your cooking self out there! For contest information, please visit: http://www.cookingtipstv.com/

Fennel – It might look funny but it tastes great!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Fennel is one of those veggies that people can overlook since they don’t have a clue how to fix it. Even if you know how to cook it, in this video Belinda Jeffreys from Australia, shows us what to look for in purchasing, trimming and preparing fennel. Plus fennel is healthy!

http://www.cookingtipstv.com/v/139,the-best-tips-on-fennel.html