A few years ago I wrote a cookbook called Sopat! (Soups!) for a large Finnish publisher. The book did pretty well and all parts concerned were happy with the outcome. It wasn’t a bestseller but it was however a book that was noted in most magazines, newspapers, radio channels and even on TV.

One would think that working with a big publisher is glamorous but it really isn’t. Don’t get me wrong though. I was flattered to get my first book published by a big house. It was an interesting project, but I just never really understood why the system had to be so old fashioned and boxed in. To be honest, I felt misplaced. That’s why I needed to make this book as an indie project. I wanted to show where you can go with an ample portion of piss and vinegar, a ‘can do’ attitude, a good idea and a creative, tireless crew to help you get where you need to go. It’s the most difficult way to go but after it’s all done, you get a much bigger buzz than if somebody else did it for you. Believe me!

When the first delivery arrived and I felt The Helsinki Book in my hand for the first time, I was so overwhelmed that I started to cry, having lived this huge project for one and a half years.

I had given birth.

Here’s also a small thing I was asked to write for Inktank: