One of the truly delightful things about online social marketing and the book business is the book sample. Over at Scribd, you’ll find all kinds of book samples and both the Kindle and iBooks bookstores include these little delights. A sample is a taste of the book – enough to get you hooked to buy it. Grab the sample of Raquel Welch’s new book, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, and you’ll definitely be wanting the rest of that story!
My favorite samples are cookbooks because there are always several recipes included in the sample. Today I grabbed a sample of In a Cajun Kitchen: Authentic Cajun Recipes and Stories from a Family Farm on the Bayou and got a special treat – a fascinating family history! Even if you only see the table of content in Terri Pischoff Wuerthner’s book, you’ll find a number of sections begging you to read them – The Great-Great Uncles: Murder, Music, and Mallards or At Aunt Lorna’s Table. The book begins with her genealogy going back to 1815 along with an introduction to the family. There isn’t a single recipe included in the sample, but the family narrative is enough to have you drooling – for the recipes and the family history.
This one’s definitely on my wishlist – and an inspiration for the next edition of our family cookbook.