Monday, December 6, 2010

Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen

This handy little book is on my desk at the moment.  I have really enjoyed looking through it.  It has a wealth of dandy information and would be a good choice for that person on your Christmas list that is obsessed with cookbooks or anything food related. 

The interesting thing about this book though is that when it was first published, the response wasn't exactly overwhelming.  Then actress Gwyneth Paltrow took notice of it (mentioning it on her blog), and it was like receiving Oprah's blessing.  All of a sudden there was a lot of media attention (including a mention in Bon Appetit), and the next thing you know the book has sold nearly 10,000 copies. 

There are a lot of wonderful little books published quietly with not much fanfare by small presses that actually really deserve this kind of attention, but in today's publishing climate, it's not very likely they will get it.  Not unless Oprah or Gwyneth mention them.

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