I went to see where Near & Far was being printed because, more than anything else, I was curious. I had an idea of what happens when a cookbook goes to the printer, a general concept of what it might be like, but at the end of the day, I really had no clue.
I wrote a post a while back about writing a cookbook proposal. It explained how I typically approach the first stages of a cookbook project. I thought I'd follow that up with a post focused on some of the details that have taken place in the time since.
How I approached my proposal for Near & Far - I get a lot of questions related to cookbook proposals. There are a number of reasons to write one. Most believe it's the step you need to take just before pursuing a book deal, which is often true. You write a proposal to get a book deal. To this I say yes, but that's only part of it. I'd argue that a good proposal has the ability to do much more than land you a contract.
I thought I'd attempt a slightly different type of post today - one that explores the theme of maintaining a blog over an extended time period. Plus a roasted cauliflower rice recipe - orange zest, hazelnuts, goat cheese, and wilted pea sprouts..
This coconut rice is special thanks to a tip Claudia Schwartz (the lovely, charming proprietress of San Francisco's Bell'occhio) gave me. Simmering the rice grains with a single fig leaf gives the rice a wonderful, unexpected flavor and fragrance. Serve topped with toasted pepitas, dried figs, scallions, and pan-fried tofu.