Near & Far: A New Cookbook

This is what I've quietly been chipping away at for the past few years...Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel. A September 2015 cookbook release, with Ten Speed Press.

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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Yay! This is so exciting. Congrats on what I am sure will be another amazing cookbook. And yes, please do share behind the scenes stories and pics, I'm sure we'd all love to see them. I'd love to see how you pick the recipes and what all that testing and photographing looks like! And the cover looks lovely! I can't wait to add it to my collection.

Sarah from Soymilk + Honey

I'll never forget our meeting and Book signing in Portland with my "Super Natural Everyday Cookbook! The word Natural! Best describes you and your cooking! And you! Thanks so much for your work and insight to a lifestyle I live and enjoy! So! Excited to be apart of your next journey! I'll make a spot an my shelf!

Keli aiello

The best holiday seasons are the ones with a new 101 Cookbooks cookbook to share with those on my list. Hooray, and congratulations, Heidi.

Margaret Roach

So happy to read this! Can't wait to add it to my collection! Congrats!




Congratulations! I will look forward to this new cookbook. I always look forward to your postings and recipes. Best wishes!!


Can't wait for the new cookbook!


Oh wow! Can't wait! Well done you! And that binder is crazy :)


I'd love to know more about the proposal process. How did you first develop connections with agents or editors? How did you pitch your book in a way that sold? What sort of obstacles did you encounter on the way? Thanks for sharing your insight!


So looking forward to your next book, Heidi - and yes, would love to read more posts about the process, thank you!


Congratulations! I love going through your website and looking at your lovely photos and the stories and of course, the recipes! I look forward to your new book when it is out. Pretty sure I have room for one more cookbook on my shelf!

Heidi McGough

How exciting! I cannot wait. You're my favorite and so are your recipes:)


It will be hard to wait until September - how exciting for you - and us! The cover design is simply, quietly stunning, like all of your work. Did you have a hand in the design of the book?


Wonderful news! :D Congratulations! I did an ebook about recipes and travels... it´s so inspiring! Can´t wait to see yours!


I just love that you keep blessing us with more of your beauty and grace. It is so wonderful to see it keep growing and expanding. xo


Wow- *congratulations*! I'm so excited for you and this book- I can't wait to see it when it comes out! And yes, I'd love another post about some of the "nuts and bolts" of making it :)

Kelsey M

Stunning cover! Love it! And will be anxiously awaiting more insight into the creation of your latest book. Congrats!


As my mentor used to say, "perfect will be just fine". The title and cover design almost made me weep! This is a jewel of a concept. Can not wait to learn more and to see it lined up next to my treasured SNED + SNC.


dear heidi, i can't begin to express how excited i am about this!!! suddenly, september can't come soon enough :) :) congratulations!! xo


So happy and excited for you! And so happy for me to get to read it. I would love to hear about the timeline. How far you were into the book's creation before you gathered a proposal. And more of your process in terms of idea gathering and openness to change in the vision.


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