It's here! It's here! OMG, it's here!
When I first started this journey of writing my first cookbook, I imagined the gratification of holding my very own cookbook in my hands for the first time and just a couple of days ago, it all happened. A package arrived from my publisher with all of the stories, recipes, and photos that I had worked so hard to produce last year in published form. It was a very surreal experience. Up until I received the book, this whole process felt like a really long term paper, well, one filled with tons of recipes and including lots of photos, but now it's a book, a real book!
Later on in the week I met with my publisher, the great folks at Fair Winds Press, to talk about the cookbook and the process of releasing it and getting it into your hands. We talked about fun events that we'll be planning that are based on the book, really fun giveaways, and lots of other exciting stuff that I'll be sharing as things shape up.
The official date that the book will be available is still a little fuzzy, which is a very normal thing in the book business, I've learned. It should be available by June 1st, and maybe even a little earlier (!!). You can preorder the book through all online retailers and it will be sold in the US, Canada, and the UK!
Ready for the tour? Let's go!
The cover of the book (the photo at the top of the page) is one of my favorite photos. When I took the picture, I knew it was going to be the cover. I just loved the colors and the fact that it's a totally unique sandwich. And it's all on this really great beet-rye bread that I made which has this gorgeous color to it.
The book itself has its own little flaps on either end, which I just love. Then the book moves on to this bright and colorful illustration which really ties everything together and makes the book really fun. There's happy little illustrations of different superfoods and they can be found again as the guides throughout the book.
There's a lot of photos of the various sandwiches throughout the book. I took thousands of photos of the different sandwiches and I remember each and every one - how each of them taste, what the weather was like on that day I took them, and how each and every one was planned. It's just so surreal to see it all as a finished product!
Finally, here's the back cover with another shot of a sandwich as well as some endorsements that I'm so honored to have on my book, including James Beard nominated Erin Byers Murray (she was nominated for her book, The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes in conjunction with Jeremy Sewall), Steve "Nookie" Postal, who is chef/owner of Commonwealth. You may know him from the Bravo TV show Around the World in 80 Plates, and Dr. Deborah Kennedy who wrote The Picky Eating Solution, which helps parents deal with kids that are picky eaters.
In between those covers are lots and lots of sandwiches, including bread recipes and recipes. There's sandwiches for everyone, vegetarians, meat eaters, vegans, and everyone else in between. There's ones that are good for on-the-go meals as well as those that will help you use up leftovers. There's also some sandwiches that will take a lot longer to assemble, which is perfect for weekend cooking projects. I'm just so honored to have been able to put this cookbook together and I can't wait for you all to see it. The countdown is officially on!