Nico Norena brings the scrumptious bite to your kitchen with her new cookbook

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And your biggest high?

One of the moments I enjoyed the most in the book was photographing the cover of this book cover. I’ll post a reel about this down the line when I have a physical copy of the book, which should be in a few weeks, behind the scenes photography of this book cover. For this I used my dear friend, Kevin, who owns a company called Baco Studio. They are the ones who designed my logo, the Succulent Bite logo. Now they are photographing my first book cover.

There’s a lot of emotional connections and emotional connections there that I’ve found very rewarding because we come full circle in the sense of, “Hey, you’re helping me get the brand started.” They help me launch my first book by photographing the cover, which everyone is going to see.

I remember that I cooked four or five different desserts for this book launch or for the cover of the book. We went to a house… and took pictures. It was such a cool moment. Ariana, my fiancée, was there to help with the creative direction. It was team work. We were all on deck and the result is super cool. Honestly, that’s one of the parts I’m most excited about is being able to show it to the world.

When people tried your recipes for this book, what were your tasters’ favorite recipes?

We shot at a bakery in Miami that had the equipment to pull out all those desserts and fast production. They loved all the recipes because while they were shooting they were trying. They were like, “This is honestly amazing.” After building positive feedback from other industry experts, who have bakeries and cook for a living every day and sell to consumers every day – that was really cool because I was like, wow, “Good, I get validation.”

I know my products are great, but getting validation from other fellow bakers selling them to a consumer was really great. Honestly, they love cheesecakes.

I’m telling you cheesecakes are the banger. I think I will have a second book. I hope it’s only on the cheesecakes because I’ve developed so many other flavor variations after the ones I selected for the book that I feel like we could make a whole new book only on cheesecakes. They might be called “Succulent Bite’s Passion for Cheesecakes Volume 2”. Some of their favorites were the No-Bake Kinder Cheesecake – which was one of the most popular, and the Oreo Basque Style Cheesecake. This one was very good too.

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