NOTE: If you think you’ve already read this post, you are half right. I first published the outline of my book tour in February, but this list is totally updated throughout. ~Hank
In less than a month, I will be back in my little truck and on the road again.
My new cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, Both Wild and Domesticated, officially will be released by Ten Speed Press on October 1 — but if you preorder it now, chances are you will get it a few days before then. I will already be on the road come October 1, in Boise, Idaho (actually Nampa) where I will be working with Chef Dustan Bristol at the James Beard Award-nominated Brick 29. Our goal: An innovative, duck-themed dinner that highlights the greatness of this great ingredient.
The same will be true at 43 other restaurants in 42 other cities, ranging from Manhattan to Milford, Birmingham to Boston. As you can see from the book tour map, I will crisscross the nation twice between October and the end of January 2014. I will also be doing a dozen or so cooking demos and regular book signings along the way.
All told, I will reach 39 states. I wanted to do a stop in every state, but I just ran out of time. If I missed your state, I am sorry.
Even so, it is an ambitious schedule, and it will be taxing both on my pickup — I will be driving the whole way — and on me. I’ve done long stints on the road before, and they can be exhilarating and enervating all at the same time.
Why do it? Because of you, dear readers. Two years ago, when Hunt, Gather, Cook came out — God, has is been two years already?! — I started with a modest tour schedule. Then I heard from you, over and over again, asking me to come to your city. I threw down the gauntlet: I’ll come if you think you can help me sell a few dozen books. You picked up that gauntlet, and again and again, showed me the kind of hospitality and generosity that still gets me a little teary-eyed, even now. That tour was a highlight of my life.
So when it came time to plan this tour, there was no question: I had to do it again.
Anchoring most of the stops on the tour will be a duck-themed book dinner at a local restaurant: some trendy, some obscure, award-winners and unsung culinary heroes all. My hope, my goal, is to meet you at these dinners. To pack the house both for the restaurant’s sake — I make no money from the dinner itself — and yes, to sell as many copies of my book as I can. This is my tour, not one set up by my publisher, and it’s on my own dime. But for me it’s worth every penny to meet all of you in person. Whenever that happens, I learn as much from you as you from me.
In many places, such as the Twin Cities, Chicago, New York, Denver, Seattle and Austin, I am planning several events, and at least one of these will be cheap or free. After all, not everyone can afford a $60-a-head dinner, no matter how awesome. I get that.
No matter what the event, I need your help to make this tour a success. The goal is to have at least 35 or so people at each dinner; if you can’t make it yourself, maybe you know someone who might? Here’s what the tour looks like now:
TRIP ONE – THE NORTH
- October 1 in Boise at Brick 29
- October 2 in Dillon (MT) at The Bookstore
- October 3 in Billings at Bin 119
- October 5 in Bismarck at Pirogue Grille
- October 7 in Fargo at the Hotel Donaldson
- October 9 in the Twin Cities at Bachelor Farmer
- October 10 Sausage Making Demo with Angler & Hunter in Lilydale, MN
- October 12-13 in Madison at Forequarter (duck dinner and cooking demo)
- October 15 in Milwaukee, a cooking demo at the Milwaukee Public Market
- October 16 in Milwaukee at Hinterland
- October 17 in Chicago at Vie
- October 18 I’ll be doing a cooking demo at the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park in Chicago
- October 20 in East Lansing (MI) at Red Haven
- October 23-24 in Cleveland at the Brew Kettle and Fire Food & Drink
- October 27 in Burlington (VT) at Pistou
- October 29 in Cambridge (MA) at Craigie on Main
- October 30 in Bath (ME) at Beale Street BBQ
- November 1 in Gloucester (MA) – trying to set up an event, maybe at the library?
- November 3 in Providence at Farmstead
- November 4 in New York City at Annisa
- November 5 in New York City at the Beretta Gallery
- November 6 in Philadephia at Brauhaus Schmitz
- November 7 in Washington DC at Bryan Voltaggio’s Range
- November 8 in Milford (DE) at Abbott’s Grill
- November 12 in Lexington (KY) at Azur
- November 13 in St. Louis at The Libertine
- November 14 in Kansas City at Extra Virgin
- November 15-17 in Norton (KS) at the Kansas Governor’s Ringeck Classic
- November 18 in Denver at Old Major
- November 20 in Logan, UT with Camp Chef
- November 21 in Salt Lake City at King’s English Bookshop
TRIP TWO – THE PACIFIC
- December 2 in Sacramento at Mulvaney’s
- December 3 in Berkeley at Gather
- December 4 in Davis at Avid Reader
- December 7 I’ll be leading a duck cooking class at the Portland Meat Collective
- December 8 in Portland at Restaurant St. Jack
- December 9 in Seattle at Local 360
- December 10 I’ll be doing a cooking demo at the Book Larder in Seattle
- December 17 I’ll be doing a cooking demo at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
TRIP THREE – THE SOUTH
- January 7 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM
- January 8 at Ludivine in Oklahoma City
- January 10 in Little Rock, Arkansas LOCATION TBD
- January 13 at Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL
- January 19 at Holeman & Finch in Atlanta
- January 21 at City Grocery in Oxford, MS
- January 22 at Upperline in New Orleans
- January 24 at Foreign & Domestic in Austin
You will notice that a few of these cities are still a work in progress. In some cases, I am still hammering out details and will announce venues and events as they firm up. But for for the fall tour, you should be able to reserve seats already, even though details and costs of the dinners are TBD — I will plug them in on this post, as well as on Facebook, as soon as I get those details.
Either I or a local bookstore will be selling copies of Duck, Duck, Goose at every event, and I will also have a limited number of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook t-shirts and hoodies for sale at the events, too. You can get a look at some of the styles here.
Once I am on the road, you can follow my travels in any one (or more) of several ways:
I am getting really stoked about this tour. There will be a ton of amazing duck (and goose) to be eaten, adventures to be had, old friends to see again and new ones to meet for the first time.
Are you with me?