Have you ever had a friend do something truly awe-inspiring? I have. They’re sticky, those moments.
I once had a friend teach herself how to play the guitar within a matter of months, then start composing award-winning music. As I sat listening to her latest song, it felt like every conceivable emotional response twisted in my gut. But the greatest of these was awe.
I also remember a different friend unveiling a painting of her ancestral home in the Philippines. The hyper realism of the work accentuated the drama of the scene — thunderclouds rolling in off the mountains, sunlight catching the rice growing in the foreground, the contrast of light and dark. It was a moody painting and utterly breathtaking.
Surely, you’ve had these moments. I have other friends who play instruments — and play them well. Other friends who are artists. But these are the moments and times that stand out. Why? Because of awe.
My most recent adventure in feeling awe at how … accomplished … a friend is came while reading my friend Jenny’s newest cookbook, The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle.
Over two years in the making.
Jenny spent more than two years researching, testing, and photographing for this cookbook, and it shows.
She traveled to farms, traipsed across prairies and through gardens, and met the animals that would later become her food.
She created recipes, then had others try to follow them to see if her recipes could yield consistently good results.
And then she wrote.
She wrote beautiful prose that reads like poetry, putting the whys and hows of traditional food into words that are inspiring and full of gratitude and wonder.
You want this cookbook.
I’m not trying to be a salesman here. I’m just trying to be honest. I can’t imagine that you wouldn’t want to own this book. Even if you didn’t cook and would never use any of the recipes, you’d still appreciate reading it and looking at it.
It’s just. So. Beautiful.
So far, the recipes that have captured my imagination are:
- Potherb and Goat Cheese Pie with a Potato Crust
- Goose Liver Mousse with Mission Figs
- Spot Prawns with Almonds and Garlic
- Roasted Peaches with Basil and Yogurt
There are recipes from every food shed. The range. The wild. The pasture. The garden. The waters. The fields. The orchards. Even the larder, where you’ll find recipes for homemade ferments and preserves.
More than 160 recipes, with many more left on the cutting room floor.
Would you believe that she compiled so many recipes that her publisher made her cut a lot of them out? Not because they weren’t good or beautiful, but because there were just too many?
The cookbook became too large.
What was Jenny going to do with all those gorgeous, unused recipes?
Create a bonus site for those who pre-order the cookbook.
If you pre-order the book and email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE 4/15 at midnight PST, you’ll get FREE access to a special, exclusive membership site which includes the following bonus materials:
- Extra Recipes that didn’t make it into the final cookbook.
- Instructional Videos showing you how to prepare some of the recipes in the book.
- Menu Ideas that help you to incorporate the traditional foods recipes in The Nourished Kitchen into your family’s meals.
- Online Video-Based Question and Answer Sessions that allow you ask questions of Jenny in real time.
Pretty nifty solution, right?
So, if you’re certain you want a copy of Jenny’s book, why wait? Go buy it now and email the receipt to her publisher ASAP to get all these extra goodies. Remember, this bonus offer expires next week!
To celebrate the launch of The Nourished Kitchen, Jenny’s agreed to offer Food Renegade readers two fabulous giveaways this week.
1. FREE FOR EVERYONE: an 8-recipe Menu Sampler
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Curated from the cookbook itself, this sample menu features 8 mouthwatering recipes and their stunning photographs.
This is your chance to take a peak inside the book and experience for yourself the depth of work that went into its creation.
2. FREE FOR TWO OF YOU LUCKY READERS: a paperback copy of The Nourished Kitchen
Two of you will win your own copies of this cookbook.
Entering in this giveaway is easy! Just use the Raffelcopter widget below.
This cookbook giveaway ends Saturday night, April 12, 2014, at midnight.
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This is the 14th in a weekly Weekend Book Love Series (see them all here).
(Seriously, I get about a dozen books each month from authors and publishers asking me to review them! It’s time I did something with my never-ending supply of interesting books and select the most awesome, most useful, most well-written of the lot to review.)
All book photography courtesy of Jennifer McGruther.