On October 28, 2009, I announced in this space that I'd just signed a contract with Running Press to produce a cookbook with Paulette Phlipot, a photographer I deeply admired. We'd already worked on the proposal together for over a year.
To your left (and your right, smaller) is the result: Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables.
Sharing this book cover with you after a long incubation period feels pretty great. It feels like a new bar of soap that's still smooth and promising. Like a soft sweater that hasn't started pilling. Like the first taste of an ice cream cone before other people in your family have taken their licks.
We still have a ways to go, of course. The book won't officially appear in stores until March/April, but early adopters can go ahead and pre-order it online now. (If you do, please let me know so I can properly thank you.)
I'll be dribbling out more info -- letting you lick my ice cream cone, if you will, but in a wholesome, G-rated way -- over the next two months. Paulette is putting together our trailer, for example, and I'll share that with you when it's ready. I also hope to pre-release a few recipes here, too.
For now, please mosey over to our sparkly new Ripe cookbook website and poke around. There you'll find a brief description of our book, bits of advance praise, and the pre-order links. You'll also see a Signings & Events tab, since we're starting to schedule appearances. That list will grow over time.
(That little book image in the 5SR sidebar will serve as an easy, permanent portal between the two sites; you can toggle back and forth to see what's on tap as more events take shape. And, as always, you can join me here, too.)
I would love your input as we embark on this leg of our journey. Where else should we consider visiting? What kinds of book-related events do YOU as readers and cooks like to attend? Please go ahead and share any suggestions below. I welcome all ideas, big and small, dreamy and concrete.
Paulette and I are riding this wave. Please take our hands, and ride along.