Near & Far: A New Cookbook

Near & Far: A New Cookbook

I've been living with a mammoth binder and a pair of double-sided bulletin boards covered with photos for the past few years. The binder held notes, recipes, ideas, and to-do lists. The bulletin boards allowed me to see dozens of photos at a glance. It's how my next book slowly started to take shape. I'd keep the boards and binder close so I could easily add photos, move recipes, tweak, and prune as I'd go about my day.

One of the things I loved about working on my last cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, was establishing a sense of place through the photos, recipes, and writing. That book was very much rooted in Northern California, and I knew immediately upon finishing it I'd likely want to explore the intersection of place, ingredients, and recipe inspiration even further. I turned to my journals, revisited places I loved, and began to explore this as the direction for my next cookbook. It took a while to complete, but I'm excited to share a new cookbook with you this September. The binder can't hold one more page, and the bulletin boards have run out of space.


The title is Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel. The Near section focuses on my life and cooking inspiration in San Francisco, and the Far section is divided into chapters of places I've loved, places that have inspired my cooking - Morocco, Japan, France, India, and Italy. It's a substantial volume - just shy of 340 pages - and will be hardcover, published by Ten Speed Press, with the same trim size as the Super Natural cookbooks. They'll hopefully line up on a shelf nicely.

I'm so excited to share this with you, it has been difficult to keep quiet until now.

Near & Far Cookbook

If you're interested, I'd be happy to do another series of posts related to the creation of this cookbook and its production. This was a bigger project for me, and there were some related considerations - I'm happy to dive into some of the nuts and bolts. I get a lot of questions related to all aspects of writing and photographing cookbooks, but I think the deeper question people try to get at is: how do you go through the cookbook process and come out the other end with the book you hoped for and imagined? 

It's what every author aims for, and it's what you have to believe is possible if you take on a project like this.

Near & Far Cookbook

The current cover and spine design. (below)

Near & Far Cookbook

So, between now and September I'll try to post a bit of the behind-the-scenes, maybe I can start with how I approached the proposal for Near & Far. Or, maybe there is another aspect you're curious about? In the meantime, a huge thank you for all of your support - right now September seems like a long way off. xo -h

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Oh this is so exciting! I only recently discovered how lovely your books are, so I can't wait to see this one too!

Wow! I'm so excited and happy for you. I adore the concept and the cover is absolutely stunning. Can't wait to see the finished product.

I'm so excited, your first cookbook (cook 1.0)inspired me into my life as a cook! I've followed you for years and love all the progression throughout the years and how you have evolved! I am waiting on baited breath! Congrats xo

Michelle Phillips

Oh, congratulations! I would love to hear more about the process and the book, this is all very exciting. And from what you've shown so far, the book looks beautiful!

I would love to know a bit more about the creation and production of your new cookbook, as well as to see more of the behind-the-scenes! Congrats for this achievement :)

so excited for the new book, heidi! congrats. xo

shari

Big congratulations Heidi! The concept of the book sounds amazing, and the cover is beautiful. Cannot wait to cook from it.

this is the second time your 101 has popped up on my Google..and I get side-tracked for an hour printing veggie recipes that have ingredients that I can get here in Zimbabwe. Wonderful.bj

barney jones

Congrats!! I love the idea of integrating your travels into your cookbook and the chance to get a view behind the scenes! So looking forward to your upcoming post and book!

Congratulations on your more recent cookbook - I would LOVE to hear more about the process and all that goes into creating a book. I especially love this photo of your pinboard - do all the things on the pinboard go into the book, or is it more of a moodboard? And do you photograph everything and write all your recipes yourself? Or is it a combined effort from a team? Rae | love from berlin

Hi Heidi, that is such exciting news - congratulations! This book looks and sounds as though it will be just stunning. I would love to know more about the process you use when writing a book and really enjoyed the posts you wrote when writing SNE. Also, if you ever need a recipe tester from 'Far', I would be so happy to help!

KateP

I loved your first one, can't wait to get your new one ! Bravo !!

hurray!! So happy for you and for all of us that get to read it! :)

Tricia

Oh, this is the best news! I had wanted to ask you this very question at the Remodelista Mkt but was too shy. Hah! I've been hoping for another cookbook from your kitchen. Our first two cookbooks of yours are so well-loved/cooked from/annotated with notes & marginalia & praise! Thanks for the update.

Kristin

Thank you, Heidi! Your color palette is impeccable, your recipes are inspiring, and your willingness to share the whole process is truly appreciated. And, OMG, that chandelier!

Sigari

I was JUST wondering whether/when you were going to write another book. I rave about the Super Natural cookbooks to all my food-loving friends, so this news is super exciting! I can't wait!! Hands down Super Natural Every Day is my most-used cookbook, and my little bookshelf is bursting at the seams so that is saying something. Thank you for continuing to inspire us every day in the kitchen.

Maggie

This is great news! I can't wait to hear more about writing a cookbook. I am such a big fan -I wish I didn't have to wait until September :)

andie

Love that you share your creative process with us. I constantly struggle with clients and coworkers who are so intimidated by creativity. Like young kids who see Michael Jordan make basketball look easy, I work with so many people who get frustrated when they can't perform as well as an accomplished creative person -- what they don't realize is how the time, effort and yes, messiness, is what made the final outcome amazing.

Anna

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