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About the Author

A former food editor at O, the Oprah Magazine and Reader’s Digest, Rachel Hofstetter is now founder in chief at guesterly magazine. She received a degree in economics from Miami University and lives in New York City with her husband, Lorne.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162312
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Tinsley on July 24, 2014
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This is a cute book but it wasn't quite what I expected based on the title. It is primarily full of profiles of businesses that manufacture food to be sold in grocery stores, with relatively little direct advice or mention of other models of food business (restaurants, food carts, caterers, etc.) Granted, I should've read the description more thoroughly and looked up the companies mentioned to see what sort of businesses they were. But even so, a good deal of the advice is anecdotal ("this is what worked for this one company") and some of the stories featured a lot of luck and missteps that you couldn't or shouldn't (respectively) repeat... one company, for example, was operating totally outside of health laws for awhile (and if he hadn't he may not have had the money to begin working within those laws- renting commercial kitchens, etc- later.)

But still, an interesting read, and definitely a good one if manufacturing packaged goods is the sort of food entrepreneurship you're interested in.
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Rachel Hofstetter has come up with a winner in "Cooking Up Business" not only a good idea for entrepreneurs but for the average person to learn more of setting up a business.

Her writing style makes the reader believe in her point of view and feel that if they go by the business suggestions she makes, they will definitely benefit from those ideas.
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I'm glad to see that others seem to have liked this book as well. I've purchased and borrowed quite a few entrepreneurship books over the years, but this one really stood out. Instead of structuring the book into pure facts, Hofstetter compresses a lot of information into her accounts of real businesses and people. Very easy to read, and best of all, doesn't deny the challenges that come with starting a business. Rather than explaining how a food business would work in the vacuum of an ideal, hypothetical world, the reader hears all about difficult road blocks and how they can be realistically overcome. I'd recommend it for anyone starting a business, even if it's not related to food.
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I am not sure which I am enjoying more - this very interesting book about food entrepreneurs or the food itself. Rachel Hofstetter's account of how roughly 10 food start ups made success from their idea is a fast paced, informative and thoroughly enjoyable read. Her criterion was that each company had to begin in the last 10 years and still be majority owned by the founders at time of publication.

Hofstetter's background at a food editor at O and Reader's Digest has exposed her to possibly hundreds of interesting companies competing against the big food conglamerates that now dominant the shelves of our main stream grocers.

She has chosen wonderful David vs Goliath anecdotes of start ups working both against the popular conventions of the market place and entrenched products by largely working with elbow grease, a belief in their products and incredible fortitude.

The products range from wine, chocolate to granola, chips. burritos, baby food and flavored waters. In each case there are both competitors and an opportunity to redefine the space. Cameron Hughes' wine business is big and completely challenges the contradiction of cheap high quality wine. Evol's burrito's and prepared frozen plates both taste good and won't kill you with chemicals, nor will the innovative Popchips or new style microwave popcorn.

The book focuses on the challenges of successful start ups. Each chapter both profiles the founder's and their product and provides some unique learning lessons for the reader ranging from patience, budgeting, research, marketing and of course hard work.

It's meant to inform, inspire and make the reader feel good and it certainly does. It also succeeds in raising one's awareness of brands and health.
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Good book...lots of good information to be gleaned from everyone's story - although the different approaches sometimes gave conflicting advice (one says don't bite off more than you can chew - no pun intended - while another suggests saying yes to every offer and figuring out the logistics later). Still, one thing that doesn't change - you can create your dream.
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Loved this book! As a budding entrepreneur, I would do anything to sit down and talk with successful entrepreneurs to get their advice and guidance. That's exactly what this book does - it provides insight on all aspects of starting a business from people that just went through the same experience. There's insight on so many aspects of running a business - from financial to manufacturing to branding and PR. After reading the book, I felt like I literally had just sat down with each of these business owners. I wish I had this book when we started our business - would have save us thousands of dollars on consultants. Best $12 you can spend before starting a business in this sector. So glad I have the book now! In addition to providing a wealth of very relevant information, it was so well written (you can tell the author worked at Oprah Magazine! Clearly a very talented writer) - I read the entire book on a flight from LAX to Chicago - it was the fastest flight home b/c it was so easy to read and so informative. I would recommend this book to anyone that's just starting a business in the natural food market. Thanks for sharing all of this invaluable information with us all!
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