I can finally announce it: I got another book deal! I am stoked to get a chance to write what I hope will become the definitive cookbook for both domestic and wild ducks and geese. But I need your help to do it.
First the details: I will be working with Ten Speed Press, which is awesome; they are just down the road in Berkeley so I can actually meet with them in person. It will be a full-on cookbook, heavy on technique, with roughly 80-90 recipes and plenty of stories, lore and color photos.
I am especially happy about the photos, for two reasons. One, the single most consistent criticism of my first book, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, was that the photographs were in black and white. And two, Holly gets to shoot the cookbook. Finally a fitting stage for her awesome photography!
The book is scheduled for release in autumn 2013, a little more than a year from now. That means I am on a very tight deadline to write the book. And that’s why I am hoping you all can help get me off to a running start.
Here’s how you can help: Tell me what techniques or recipes (or other information) you really want to see in this book.
How to cut up a duck? How to make Peking duck? Techniques on smoking geese? That sort of thing. Tell me what you want to see in the comments section below.
My hope is that this book will be as useful to novice cooks as it will be to professional chefs, and I plan on recipes ranging from dead easy to, well, cheffy. I also hope that this book will help push forward something I am already starting to notice: Duck is getting hot right now in the restaurant world, and I want to bring that excitement into the home kitchen.
It’s going to be a wild ride over the next couple months, and who knows how it will go. But one thing I do know: We’re going to be eating a lot of duck around here…