I soft-launched an announcement about this about a month ago, but shit’s gotten real on the Write A Book front, so I wanted to keep you guys in the loop.
First, the Big Announcement, if you missed it when I snuck it in the first time around: yup, I’m writing a book. It is a mildly opinionated How To that focuses on from-scratch cooking, food preservation, modern Home Ec, and how to do this kind of stuff without going nuts or joining a hippie commune in Georgia. (Unless hippie communes in Georgia are your cup of tea, in which case, you’ll definitely want to learn how to make kombucha from that tea before you pack.)
Most of what’s slated to be in the book is new. There are a few old-favorite recipes from the blog that regular and dedicated readers will recognize, but this is not a print-out of content you’ve already read here. Just getting all the philosophy-side stuff out of my head and onto the page in an organized way is a pretty massive undertaking, but because I’m nuts, there are also detailed beginner-friendly explanations of everything from braising to beer-making, and over 100 recipes to test, perfect, and make accessible to cooks, food preservers and new productive homekeepers of all experience levels.
Some of you (you know who you are) have been telling me to write a book for three years. Okay, it’s happening! Yay! But I’m on a tight, five-month deadline, and in order to create something all of us can be proud of, I need a little help.
So, I’m looking for recipe testers. Here’s what that means. I am frantically cooking, brewing, canning, dehydrating and mixing up concoctions in the kitchen. I’m getting them to a place where I think these recipes are awesome, but I need other people to make sure that the recipes make sense and work outside of my head and my kitchen.
If you are interested in testing recipes for the book and have time to follow a recipe and honestly assess it, including filling out a fairly detailed one-page questionnaire I’d send you about your experience making the recipe, please let me know by subscribing to the NW Edible Book Helper Team mailing list. This is a totally different list from the RSS feed that automatically sends you all new posts when they are published, so unless you sign up for the new list, nothing about the book beyond what I might write on the blog will be sent to you.
I’m sorry to say I’m not in a position to pay or otherwise compensate for this help beyond my own undying gratitude. No one should feel under any obligation to volunteer to recipe test, and signing up for the Book Helper List list doesn’t mean you have to actually do anything. It’s just something that will give you the opportunity to raise your hand occasionally over the next five months if you like trying new recipes, get something out of this site, would like to know that you’re helping and are in the life space to do so. No worries if not!
The most pressing testing right now is all about booze (fun, huh?). Because most alcohol ferments take several months to come into their own (and some far longer) I’m starting my testing with that.
If you are interested in hearing more or helping out, just sign up. Otherwise, thank you guys so much for your patience with a less aggressive posting schedule here as I work on the book. I still have lots of great content I want to share with you on the blog, it’s just a time-balance to get that much writing in!
To join the Official NW Edible Book Helper Team, subscribe using the form below, or click here. You will receive periodic emails (probably weekly) with updates on the progress of the book and info for how to help with the current round of recipe testing. Signing up for this email list doesn’t commit you to anything, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Thanks for considering!