Back in March of 2013, late in the evening, after Lucy had finally gone to sleep, Danny and I started making lists of possible recipes. We sat at the kitchen table, laptop open, looking at the requests that had come in on Facebook that day. We read every email. We consulted Twitter. We added 20 new dishes to the list and ranked them in order of most requested. This was a puzzle we were putting together, the pieces made out of dishes like tater tot hot pot, red velvet cake, fried chicken, and pigs in a blanket. Some of the dishes were universal. (Everyone seems to love mac and cheese.) And some were so particular that we had to add them to the list: St. Louis butter cake, potato filling from Amish country, cheesy corn casserole from Kansas City, Italian beef sandwiches from Chicago, and gumbo from New Orleans. It was these very specific regional dishes that excited us most. Let’s eat food we haven’t discovered yet!
Two years and a bit later, Danny and I have been sitting on the couch late in the evening, after Lucy and Desmond are both asleep, thinking of ways to promote this book we love, American Classics Reinvented. This is our fourth book but the first time we’ve had a book come out before we start working on the next book. We have a great idea for the next book, and we’re excited, but we wanted to fully tell the story of this cookbook before we create the next one. We’re all in on this one — this book is for you, and we want you to know about it.
We think you’re going to love this book.
We want to say thank you for ordering it.
We’re grateful to those of you who have pre-ordered the cookbook already. Pre-orders are a big deal in publishing right now. Strong pre-orders before a book is published indicates to bookstores and other places that sell books that they should stock more. A big pre-order list means that more people will stumble across the book when they are shopping somewhere. And to us, that means more people can make the food they love. That’s why we’ve been telling the story of this book here and on social media for weeks: we want the people who might need this book to know that it’s here.
We really love this book, American Classics Reinvented. It’s not a book about us, at all. It’s a book that fulfills a longing for people who need to be gluten-free: a chance to bring great food to the family picnic and feel included. Plus, there’s pie.
So, we want to thank you for pre-ordering the cookbook, those of you who have. And those of you who might do it right now.
We’ve made a thank you gift for those of you who have pre-ordered the cookbook. With the help of the good folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we created a PDF of 6 recipes for late-summer comfort foods, exclusive to people who pre-order the cookbook. We’ve shown you how to make lemon-basil scones, a zucchini bread that actually tastes like zucchini and has no refined sugar, plum muffins, peach cobbler, and a grilled vegetable torte we’ve been enjoying all summer. Plus, an early release of what might be our favorite pie in the cookbook: blackberry meringue pie.
And, we give you the formula for the all-purpose flour blend and the grain-free flour blend in the cookbook. You can make all the recipes in this cookbook grain-free, if you need that.
Time to preheat the oven. The PDF is here.
If you have pre-ordered a copy of American Classics Reinvented, please find the email you received from the online source where you ordered the cookbook. (If you can’t find that email, or you put in an early request at a bookstore, write us an email with the details instead.) Send that email to the following address:
You will receive, almost instantly, an aut0-responder with a copy of the PDF and a thank you from us.
We can’t wait to see photos and hear the stories of what you are cooking for your friends and families. We’ve been dreaming of September 1, 2015 for more than 2 years. And it’s almost here.
Thank you, all of you. Thank you.