SNE: Preview Recipe

A preview of a few pages, along with some notes, from my next cookbook - Super Natural Every Day.

SNE: Preview

I'm having such a hard time figuring out how to introduce this post. So, instead of agonizing over the wording, let me just put it out there. Today, I want to share some of the spreads from my new cookbook with you. I'm excited about it, and I can hardly wait for March/April, when I'll have a real paper copy in my hands. The PDFs are nice, but having a book to hold in your hands, after years of thinking about it - there are few things like it. I'll include some images in this post, but for those of you who want to jump straight to a dedicated preview site, here you go. I'll add to it in the coming weeks. You can also pre-order the book here.

I apologize for letting six months pass since the last proper update on this front. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, but wow, a lot has come together since then. I'll get to some of that in a minute. Allow me to back up a bit for any new readers, or for those of you who just want a recap. I've been writing a series of posts related to the creation of this new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. The first post was nearly a year ago. Followed by one related to the manuscript, and then another about choosing a cover. Some of you who have been watching the book evolve likely noticed the cover in the last post isn't the cover you see here. That's a long story. In short: While I loved the moody darkness and pinks in the original cover, in the end, i.e. the very last minute, we went for something a bit brighter, livelier. Another factor, a surprising number of you thought the pink potatoes on the original cover were ham chunks. Wish I was kidding.

Super Natural Every Day Spreads

The book is the same trim size as Super Natural Cooking, but the new book has more pages. Said another way, it's thicker. I wrote all the recipes in cups / ounces / grams this time around. And there are lots of photo spreads throughout, both splits and full-pagers. I took most of the photos for the book, although two or three of my very favorite shots came from Wayne. There is one shot in particular - we were walking along a coastal trail in Point Reyes one morning, when two deer popped their heads up above the tall grass, just across the meadow. Wayne got the shot, I completely over-exposed the shot.

Super Natural Every Day Spreads

For the most part I wrote and photographed the book in real time. Often, cookbook manuscripts are written, then an intensive shoot is scheduled toward the end of production, once the text has been finalized. I work a bit differently - writing and shooting in tandem. What you see in the book is what I cooked for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that day. I like working this way, it's relaxed, not much fuss, and I can shoot the food when it looks the most appetizing and alive, in the seconds after it comes off the stove or out of the oven.

Super Natural Every Day Spreads

The book structure moves through the day with recipes divided into chapters starting with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner, Drinks, and then Treats. You can see how the breakfast chapter opening pages look just above. If you're interested, I'd be happy to post a complete recipe list in the coming weeks. I'd better check with Ten Speed, but I can't imagine it'd be a problem.

Super Natural Every Day Spreads

More than anything, I wanted this cookbook to feel like it was from a place - northern California, where I've lived most of my life. And I wanted the recipes to be approachable, and a reflection of the food I cook every day. My hope is that you can take some of these ideas, get a bit of inspiration from them, and make them your own in your own kitchen. Can't wait to share the real thing with you all. And before I log off, I know a lot of you are looking for new year recipe ideas - I've compiled a number of favorite one-pan recipes in one place, and have a new recipe to share on Tuesday. -h

Related links:
- Super Natural Every Day - preview site
- Super Natural Every Day - pre-order

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I am super excited about your new book. We have gone semi-veg in our house and I pull from your other books and the blog all the time. Please tell me you will be releasing the book at some point in a digital format. I am living in Amman Jordan right now and hauling books all over the world is just not a reality with luggage restrictions. Please please please, Karen Tanboor HS:Hi Karen, I suspect we'll eventually do digital versions, but we want to make sure we're able to maintain the aesthetic and design sensibility. But yes, we're talking about it.

Karen Tanboor

LOVE it. I can't wait to hold it too. :)

Maggie at Eat Boutique

Gorgeous! So cool that you wrote and photographed in real time. Looking forward to getting a copy when it's released :)

nancy

I am so excited for the new cookbook. Love the idea of it centered around a meal time, and having it representing Northern California - that makes me miss the area, having spent most of my life there as well - the produce (prices) is just not the same in San Diego.

Jenn

Wow it looks amazing! I cannot wait for this to come out. The photos look just stunning. Can't wait!

Happy When Not Hungry

Yay!! What a fun update. Love the little sneak peaks. xoxo HS: Thanks Luisa! Can't wait to see what you're up to as well :) Big hugs, -h

Luisa

I can't wait for this to come out! Of the recipes I tested for you, there are two in particular that I have made again, and again, and again - now I can direct people to the preview site. Thank you for letting me be a part of the process. I cannot wait to hold a copy of SNE in my hands and cook my way through the entire book. HS: Hi Monika! Great to hear from you. Which ones? I promise to pop a copy in the mail to you the minute I get them in. Thanks again for your insight.

windycityvegan

Heidi, looks amazing - can't wait to get my hands on the book!

olga

Oh Heidi, I can't wait for this book! Congrats on such a beautiful payoff for all your hard work. HS: Adam, let's make sure we cross paths this year. It has been tooo long. Come to CA!

Adam

Congratulations! It looks fantastic. Just from the images you provided, it left me wanting more!

Danielle

first of all congratulations! this is such a huge success for you...and you should be so proud! second, it's stunning and i can't wait to own it :)

Heather (Heather's Dish)

I've put myself on a cookbook diet for 2011 BUT your new book is my "spring splurge"! Can't wait to see what culinary delights you've created!

maria

Can't wait. It looks beautiful! Love knowing that it was shot in actual time.

Hungry Sofia

Your book looks beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy myself.

Jacky

The new cover is beautiful, Heidi. You have the best dishware.

Lynna

It looks really great, your cooking and recipes always makes me feel like I'm back in California where everything comes from so near!

sweet road

It's beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done!

Britt

Such a wonderful piece of work—getting to read the proof is one of the more fun perks of my job as a food editor. You've put together an amazing collection of vegetarian and whole grain recipes that not only are delectable, but it's packaged in a very non-preachy way (and I would be like preaching to the choir anyway). I've been baking soda bread variations everyday since I finished reading the book.

Jennie

Ah, so beautiful. You are so blessed to be able to combine your talents and skills to create something like this. The photography is just gorgeous.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance

heidi, i read your blog all the time but this is my first time commenting. i cannot wait to get a copy of your book this spring! congratulations and best of luck! marissa

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