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Bliss Sisters share healthy lifestyle and cookbook at Wednesday event

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EDWARDS — There are two outcomes to arming three sisters in a test kitchen with a computer and a deadline: They could write a book or an epitaph.

"I honestly pictured us killing each other, but it was such a beautiful process for us," said Jill Emich, who co-authored the new cookbook "Eat, Drink, Shine" with her sisters in less than six months.

Along with siblings Jessica and Jennifer, Jill co-owns Shine restaurant in Boulder and will share stories and recipes from the new book on Wednesday at The Bookworm of Edwards.

The Emich sisters, also known as the Blissful Sisters, focus on healthy cuisine that boosts internal and external well-being. In the business for more than 21 years, the ladies also founded the popular Boulder restaurant Trilogy.

Shine On

When they were 24 years old, Jill and Jessica moved to Boulder to open their first restaurant. Soon after opening, they called Jen. The three cover front-of-house and business functions, menu development, events and entertainment.

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"We work really closely with the local farmers," Jill said. "The menu is inspired by our New Jersey family recipes, our family's Italian influence and Jessica's background in holistic nutrition."

In addition to live music and a brewery, the restaurant offers weekly yoga classes, community gatherings, networking events and parties of all kinds. With the success they had seen with Shine, creating a cookbook was a natural opportunity.

"We've talked about this for so long," Jill said. "We kept having false starts or we simply couldn't find the time. But when our publisher approached us, they gave us the offer to write the book in six months. This short timeline was perfect. It gave us the drive and motivation we needed to put all of our ideas on paper. We took last summer and buckled down."

The cookbook showcases more than 100 recipes, some of which will be served at Wednesday's event. In addition to the recipes, the cookbook has informational pages about using local ingredients, how your body breaks down food and ideal morning routines for better well-being.

Hard Work Pays Off

The Blissful Sisters found a few challenges in addition to the imminent publishers deadline.

"We were still running the restaurant," Jill said. "Finding time to sit down and do this was super hard. And if we're honest, it was just not so blissful all the time. We had to openly talk about challenges and vulnerabilities. But even the challenges took us deeper as sisters. That was one of the biggest gifts of the whole thing."

All of the challenges led to one of the greatest nights of Shine restaurant, when the Sisters held a launch party for the cookbook.

"Our launch party was everyone who has been supporting us for all these years," Jill said. "It was a magical night of people celebrating. When we had the first chance to hold the book in our hands, I had been scared to open it up. But then I started reading it and I was so proud because it's so true to who we are. It was such a blessing to share in this experience at the launch."

The book quickly became the No. 1 best-selling cookbook at Boulder Bookstore and has continued to see success as the Blissful Sisters tour.

"I invite people to come in with a sense of curiosity," Jill said. "We have so much we want to share. This book is all about supporting local, community and sisterhood. We believe you can shine from within and would love to show you how."

If you go …

What: Author event with the Blissful Sisters and their cookbook, “Eat, Drink Shine.”

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $10.

More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit http://www.bookwormofedwards.com.