Every weekday, Publisher’s Marketplace emails the latest publishing deals in print, digital, audio and foreign sales (over 200 deals/week). Here are some of my favs -- not necessarily the biggest names or the buzziest deal… but the ones that piqued my interest for one reason or another.
ACADIANA TABLE: Stories and Recipes of Cajun Creole Cooking by George Graham
Agent: Judy Linden at Stonesong
Editor: Dan Rosenberg at Harvard Common Press
Description: 125 mouthwatering dishes and over 150 stunning full-color photos from the region of southwest Louisiana steeped in historical tradition and home to a cross blending of unique flavors.
How do you discover new food blogs? There are a million ways, but I ldo it by reading book deals. Two days ago, if you asked me what Acadiana cuisine was, I'd say maybe Maine mountain cuisines (Acadia National Park + Appalachian mountains). Whoa, would I be wrong. Graham's blog Acadiana Table is an interesting, nuanced look at the cuisine found opposite from New Orleans, in the southwest region of Louisiana.
THE STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST JOURNAL: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs by Austin Kleon
Editor: Bruce Tracy at Workman
Description: An interactive journal and all-in-one logbook to get creative juices flowing, and keep a record of ideas and discoveries.
Austin Kleon is part of that genre of artist that's prolific, "real", generous with sharing his work and his talent -- and an inspiration for it. You don't have to be a visual artist to appreciate his (many) messages: Show your work. Tell Good Stories. Learn to take a punch. (Other artists in this same camp: Elle Luna, Donald Robertson)
HOMESTEAD KITCHEN by Eivin Kilcher and Eve Kilcher
Agent: Sandra Bishop
Editor: Pam at Pam Krauss Books at Clarkson Potter
Description: A collection of original recipes, sustainability tips & techniques, and everyday self-reliance skills they have learned while living as third generation curators of the homesteader lifestyle, in cooperation with The Discovery Channel.
Hunting. Fishing. Gathering. Gardening. That's it. Maybe the New Yorker in me is rebelling (and maybe because I just watched the Francis Mallmann episode of Chef's Table), but there's something very appealing about becoming one with your land and its fruits over many generations. (Although I don't love the phrasing "curators of the homesteader lifestyle". Huh?)
A GIRL AND HER FISH by April Bloomfield
Agent: Luke Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit
Editor: Daniel Halpern at Ecco
Description: April Bloomfield shares her recipes and reflections regarding the serving of fish; illustrated throughout.
Oooooh. So it's a series! She's a clever one, that April. Well, I love her latest, A Girl and her Greens (see the whole roasted cauliflower I made from it). Fish definitely makes sense, given the John Dory. Now the question is... first there was Pig, then Greens, then Fish. What's next?