I’m Sorry. Bad news.

I have some bad news about the book.

This week my publisher and I had some disagreements we could not work out. The result is I will not be publishing with Herbivore, and therefore the book will not be available for the holidays like I had so hoped it would be.

I cannot tell you how sorry I am that the book is going to be delayed. I’m super upset that this didn’t work out; this wasn’t an easy decision for me to make since I want my book published as much as anyone. To have it happen this late in the game is especially depressing.

You all have been such wonderful supporters of me, and I can’t thank you enough for that. Without you there wouldn’t be a book at all. Rest assured that I am actively searching out a new publisher, and I will work as hard as I can to get the book out as soon as possible.

The kicker is that this especially affects the people who have already pre-ordered a book–the very people who are most excited to about it. If you’re one of those people I can do nothing but offer my utmost apologies, and assure you that you will be refunded 100%.

If you purchased a book, Herbivore will refund you automatically. You do not need to contact them in order to receive your refund.

Again, I’m really, really sorry about all this. Believe me when I say I’m trying my best to get the book back on track.


  1. Rachel

    Oh no! I’m mad at Herbivore. Don’t worry, now we’ll all be extra-excited when your book does come out.

  2. Bonnie

    I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope you’ll find a way to publish your book the way you’d like to.
    I had already pre-ordered it together with Yellow Rose Recipes, I wonder how it affects the total order. I guess I’ll email Herbivore when they’ve updated their site, too.

  3. greengate

    Lolo, you have our total support; we are confident that the book will be published and well received. Your work is amazing and deserves the careful, quality driven presentation that shines through in your website. Keep up your good work. You have a lot of support.

  4. karrie

    Good for you for being willing to stick it out for a deal that works for you. Not easy, I’m sure, when you’ve poured all kinds of time, energy and hopes into a book.

    Hell, I send an article off and feel like I’ve parted with a limb for pennies, so I can only imagine the stress of negotiating a fair book deal.

  5. naida

    Bummer! I’m so sorry that this has happened. Hopefully some smart publisher will pick you up quickly!

  6. apricot

    I’m so sorry! It’s going to be a great book, whenever and wherever it comes out. It’s your baby, and I hope it turns out just the way you want it.

  7. joanna

    it makes me sad that so many of you have already interpreted this post as meaning that herbivore was a bad publisher or somehow treated lauren badly. i can assure you that it’s not the case. as their other published cookbook writer, they have been nothing but completely upfront with me throughout the entire process and i have loved working with them. for a small publisher to take such an enormous financial risk on an unpublished writer and cater to so many of my desires about the finished book is unheard of and, trust me, isn’t happening anywhere else out there in publishing world. at any other publisher, i would have to be bending over backwards to fit into their ideas of what the cookbook should be. they should be lauded for their commitment to vegan cooking and their desire to put more quality books out into the world.

    that said, i wish lolo the best of luck finding another publisher who can deliver the book of her dreams with the same per book cut that herbivore was offering.

  8. lolo

    Joanna- I happy your having a good experience. However, Herbivore and I had different expectations and I want to be sure that this doesn’t become a forum for placing blame.

  9. Laura S.

    I am sorry to hear this news, and at the same time, still incredibly excited for your book whenever the timing is right. Until then I’ll just have to keep my patience by checking the blog as much as possible:)

  10. jaxin

    This is disappointing, and I’m sure no one is more dissapointed than you Lolo. Also too bad because I love Herbivore.. But as we all know, sometimes things just don’t work out… such is life.

    I wish you the best of luck at finding a new publisher! I’m sure you could have plenty of testimonial to give them, that there is indeed a demand! Looking forward to seeing your book!

  11. Ash

    I am so sorry to hear this, Lolo! I know that everything will work out for you though, it’s just a setback, keep your head up!

  12. Foodeater

    That’s a bummer! Have you considered cutting out the middle man and going for self-publishing? I’ve had good results using Lulu.com and with their ISBN services, you can still sell your books through Amazon and other online retailers. Just a suggestion… hope to see you getting the best deal possible. Good Luck!

  13. textual bulldog

    What a bummer, but good luck finding the right publisher and deal that works for you. We’ll all excitedly buy your book, when and wherever it comes out. Best of luck.

  14. marianne

    I am so sorry to hear this, I had pre-ordered… I guess I’ll check into that…
    Best wishes with publishing and know I’ll be waiting to buy it… again :^)

  15. Devery

    It’s okay lolo! I hope you find something that works out and whenever and wherever the book comes out, I’ll be excited about getting it.

    meanwhile, I am so addicted to your mac-and-yeast I’ve made it 5 times in the past 8 days.

    good luck, and thank you so much for your amazinig blog!

  16. Megan

    Lolo I’m sorry things didn’t work out, I love your blog and your foods. I think that no matter what it’s good that you decided to do what YOU thought was best, because ultimately the book is YOUR project and if you’re not happy with it, well, that’s not good.

    Good luck with finding a new publisher and I (as always) look forward to your recipes and photos!

  17. Mike

    That’s too bad. It’ll be worth the hard work and energy that you’re putting forth. I can wait for something that will be worth it.

    Good luck.

  18. Deb Schiff

    Sorry about the publishing bit. I’m sure it will work out for you. You do lovely things with your blog and have a huge following. Besides, the universe takes care of its own.

    Best wishes.

  19. Jamie

    I hope you can find a new publisher soon! I have heard nothing but good things about your test recipes. Good luck!

  20. Suganya

    I was excited to see yr cookbook published. I am sorry that it turned out this way. Good luck on finding a new publisher, soon enough to get it on the shelves by end of this year.

  21. Molly aka SuperWife

    I’m sorry! However, as cliche as it sounds, everything happens for a reason, and you know what is best for you and your project. I’m sure you will have no trouble finding a publisher. Best of luck, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting :)

  22. Lucy

    Well, it won’t stop you from finding a way to get the book out there.

    Sonehow. Challenges only make you stronger.

    Looking forward to more about your journey – do keep us updated. That so many people have commented should cheer you enormously – you have a ready and waiting crowd of buyers!

    Can’t wait for Joanna’s book either!

  23. tastesbetter

    Sorry things didn’t work out. :(

    Have you considered Tofu Hound Press? Perhaps they can help…

    Good luck!

  24. Ida

    Sorry to hear things didn’t work out. Is self-publishing through lulu.com an option? Good luck with whatever your decision is. I’ll certainly be buying your book whenever it is released. :)

  25. robyn

    I am so sorry that things didn’t work out for you. I am sure you will find another publisher to publish your wonderful recipes. Good luck.

  26. vegyogini

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this, Lolo. I’m behind you 100% and will definitely buy your book as soon as it’s available. Good luck and I’m sure you know how much support you have from this lovely vegan community.

  27. kimbelina

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this — I’ve been so looking forward to your book, but it will definitely be worth the wait. Good luck as you explore other publishing avenues.

  28. Suzanne

    Lolo, I’m sorry to hear that. :( Your getting the deal you deserve is worth the little extra wait. Thanks for letting us know – I was just about to preorder your book with my next paycheck. Best of luck to you!

  29. Sam

    Please DON”T use lulu.com. I have bought several items from them and their quality is terrible! The print everything off on printer paper, your book would look better coming from Kinko’s.

    You should try talking to Arsenal Pulp.

    No one is in the cookbook business to make money, especially a niche like the vegan cookbook business. The whole purpose is to create something and put it out there, to please peoples tastebuds and change their minds about vegan cooking. The amount of money per book you would make doesn’t mean swat if it’s not being done they way you want it.

    Good luck to you and much support.

  30. a.

    lolo, if you don’t want this to be a forum for blame, shouldn’t you address comments such as rachel’s “i’m mad at herbivore?” it’s good that you’re moving on to an as-yet-unknown publisher who will meet your needs, but your response to joanna seems disingenuous unless you also address the anti-herbivore sentiment.

    so disappointing.

  31. Lorelei4mc

    How disappointing! I’ll bet you’re fit to be tied at this point.

    Make a cup of herbal tea and take a deep breath. Something else is out there waiting for you…

    I wish you much success!

  32. Lolo


    Fair enough. But my comments on this not being a forum for blame apply to everyone, so I while I should have specifically addressed it, it meant it for both sides.

    To be clear, there is nothing personal between me and Herbivore. He has a really great clothing company and magazine and we’re both on the same team ultimately, even if our business venture didn’t work out.

  33. joanna

    sam -

    “No one is in the cookbook business to make money, especially a niche like the vegan cookbook business. The whole purpose is to create something and put it out there, to please peoples tastebuds and change their minds about vegan cooking. The amount of money per book you would make doesn’t mean swat if it’s not being done they way you want it.”

    i’m very glad to see you say that. i couldn’t agree more.

  34. Melissa

    Lolo —

    Thank you so much for the care and creativity you put into your blog, and the hard work you’ve done to make a great cookbook. I hope these current frustrations will be resolved quickly and painlessly. Like mel, I wish you the best of luck!

  35. Emmie

    Too bad it didn’t work out, I was looking forward to the book. Best of luck with finding another publisher. I guess we’ll all just have to wait a little longer but I’m sure it will be worth it.

  36. AMS

    I’ve been cooking from your blog for about a year now and I love it! It’s certainly a bummer about your book, but I’m perfectly content setting my laptop up in the kitchen for a while longer! :)

  37. Tami

    lolo, I’m sorry to hear about the book. But if the end result wasn’t what you had in mind, you are doing the right thing. No matter how long it takes. I’m sure you will find another publisher and your amazing recipes and photos will be in our hands as soon as it can be.

    I’m behind you 1000% percent.

  38. Suzie (FreckleFoot)

    Oh, Lauren, I am so sorry to hear this. Publishing your work is almost like giving birth to a child, and you want to do it the way that works for you. You have nothing to apologize for–if your publisher didn’t share your vision, you were wise not to settle for what you didn’t want. If you had, it would have been looming over your head forever about what would have happened if you had gotten exactly what you wanted. I really hope you find a publisher that works out for you soon!