Anna's Kitchen was my very first book. I completely produced and self-published it on my own. I think there should be a requirement somewhere that every author must do this at least once. It's an incredible learning experience as it makes us extremely aware of just how much hard work goes into publishing a book, and why teamwork is so necessary.
Since I was doing it all myself I had no one to edit or proofread for me. I used my spell checker for a proofreader instead. Big mistake, I know. It's one of the many reasons why I learned, the hard way, that every author, no matter how rich and famous, simply must have an editor.
Once the book was printed I found all kinds of errors. One of my friends came across one in a gravy recipe he found particularly amusing. It said, "Add two tablespoons of fate." He laughed and laughed. Then he asked me if it meant we were supposed to pray over the gravy as it was being prepared. Now mind you, that’s actually not a bad idea. I pray over the little everyday things in life much more than the big things, but in this case it was actually a typo the spell checker had missed, as the word, "fate" was spelled correctly. What it should have read was, "add two tablespoons of fat."
Yes, you need a couple tablespoons of fat if you're making gravy. However, when it comes to life in general, it might now hurt to add two tablespoons of fate. You never know what's going to happen next. What will be will be.