Whew. It’s been a long row to hoe, so to speak.
Four years ago, when inventory of my first cookbook started to dwindle, I began to dream of a new book. A bigger, better cookbook with more crops, more recipes, and more importantly, one that featured CSA farms from all over the country. A book that could inform and educate people on what they were eating and why the way it is grown is important. A book that would delight, as well as be a trusty companion in the kitchen. In short, the kind of book I love to read just because it is so interesting, even if I’m not in the kitchen.
Well, after a long, difficult labor with many delays, that dream is about to be birthed. On the last day of July I sent the final book files off to the printer, and barring any proof review hiccups, Bounty from the Box: The CSA Cookbook should be in print sometime in September. This is an enormous book, with 92 different types of fruits, veggies, and herbs covered, over 350 delicious recipes listed, and tipping in at a hefty 712 letter-size pages. It also contains 90 sidebar essays on farming, food, and nutrition, some of them written by farmers themselves.
It is a colossal work that could’t have been accomplished without an incredible team of people to assist me through thick and thin in so many aspects—farm research, interviewing, writing, recipe testing and development, editing, proofreading, social media, website creation, and marketing. My gratitude goes not just to my team but to the incredible farmers, organizations, food bloggers, chefs, and countless others we’ve met along the way. My debts are many, but the riches priceless.
In the coming months you will hear plenty more about Bounty. Feel free to look at some of our excerpts here, follow us on the usual social media, and browse our online recipe collection and other resources. And take advantage of our special preorder discount of 15% from now through September 30—it’s a savings of $5.25 off each book. (Early holiday or New Year’s Resolution gifts, perhaps??)
Most of all, I want to thank you, my past, present, and future readers for inspiring this journey and keeping that hoe in my hands. I really look forward to connecting with you soon.
Bounty from the Box author Mi Ae Lipe in the Danny Woo International District Community Garden in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Martha Wagner.