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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Heidi: Gorgeous new book. Congratulations! I hope you'll consider adding San Diego to your book tour and let us host you at our downtown kitchen design studio! HS: Lisa, we've been talking about it for years! Would love to make it happen at some point. Love Arclinea.

Lisa

I pre-ordered my copy on Amazon. Can't wait!

Kim Murray

Congrats, Heidi!! I cannot wait to dive into your new recipes. Super Natural Cooking is looking pretty worn and used on my bookshelf :)

Kasey

The book looks like it's going to be beautiful! I'm sure you'll let us know right away how we can order it once it's available!

Liana @ femme fraiche

Perfection. I am so sure this will be voted one of the best cookbooks of 2011. Congratulations.

Barbara

I told my kids that all I want for my birthday is your next cookbook! My 17 year old son has mastered your 5 minute pasta sauce and now he makes dinner too! Thanks for all the inspiration, beautiful photos and all the heart that goes in to your art and food. HS: Bravo for teenage cooks!

Melinda Johns

Heidi. Congratulations! I"m so excited to check it out. I really love what you said about the book feeling like it comes from a place...this is always really important to me in my own photography/writing---telling a story from the place where I sit/stand/live. I'm sure it's been months (years?) of hard work, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Megan Gordon

It's looking amazing! I'm shocked how you can keep it so affordable for such a good quality cookbook. I can't wait to see it in my hands!!

Kitchen M

I know exactly what that feels like! Your baby is gorgeous and I know you put your heart and soul into it!

Karen

A feast for the eyes! I have the book on pre-order and really look forward to it. I like how you have organized it... not to mention the beautiful photos... thanks for the peek/update. Best to you and Wayne... I love the support you give each other.

Barry

I love your approach to the book, and i think that itself would make the book such a delight. Often, in the process of getting it right and prim perfect, there is loss of substance. and i am sure your book will stand out for that reason. I love it already even though I havent read a word of it and m likely to find only half the ingredients in India.

namita

Thanks for all of your dedication and inspiration! Can't wait!!!

Kathryn

This book looks absolutely beautiful. I have just pre-ordered from Amazon. Can't wait. Congratulations, Heidi!

amy

But Wait! I haven't made every recipe out of SNC! Oh well...just have to keep cooking...thanks for so much inspiration & great recipes.So looking forward to your new beautiful book.

Alice

Heidi, the book looks wonderful. Such beautiful food shots. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. The food look so healthy and delicious. Thanks for the update. We can feel how happy U R and how enthusiastic U R about your new book. The pictures are incredible. Makes U want to eat it all right now. Very effective. Thanks again for the update. I appreciate it.

RisaG

looks beautiful! are these new recipes? or the same ones found on your website? New!

Marie

I've had this pre-ordered for a while now, can't wait to have it in my hands. Do you include a sources reference in this book? HS: Hi Rosemary, yes, I listed some of my favorite sources. But most of the ingredients in the recipes are readily available.

Rosemary Rideout

Heidi, the book looks beautiful! Congratulations. You must be so excited!!!

Kyra

i can't wait for the new book! it looks gorgeous and your recipes have just been getting better and better. i'm sure it will be fantastic.

laura @ alittlebarefoot

Looks Stunning. I have always been a fan of your food and photography. This will definitely join my cookbook library. Congratulations!

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