This project has been a year in the making, and even longer in the dreaming and planning. I was going to wait a little while longer before announcing it, but as we draw ever closer to publication, I am finding it nearly impossible to contain myself a minute longer. So here it is: My partner Davin and I are collaborating on a series of homemade living, eating, and gardening instructional booklets that will be done up in our style and sensibility: personable, practical, and doable writing with clean design and loads of inspiring color photos and illustrations. Lots of experimentation and everything coming from our own experiences and the things that we personally enjoy in making a homemade life. We are having a blast with this project and can’t wait to launch!
The first in the series, “Drinking the Summer Garden: Homegrown Thirst Quenchers, Concoctions, Sips, and Nibbles” will be made available in two weeks time, within the first week of August. Since this was slotted to be a summer release, I decided to launch the series with an 80-page, full color recipe booklet dedicated to imagining and creating summer drinks utilizing the garden’s bounty. We are generally hot (OMG so hot!) and lazy through the dog days of summer. This is the time to spend chatting with friends on the patio or laying back in a hammock with a good book and a drink in hand. Keeping that in mind, the focus of this booklet is on fun and innovative ways to use herbs, edible flowers, fruit, and even vegetables to create an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a handful of summertime treats and nibbles to accompany them. I have also added in a few handy techniques as well as strategies and suggestions that will allow you to adapt the recipes to a wider range of ingredients and flavors using the produce that is available in your own garden. There’s canning, infusing, syrup-making, fermenting, preserving, baking (sweet and savory), deserts, iced lollis, drinks for the kids, drinks for adults, healthy drinks, wickedly unhealthy drinks, and so much more! And we fit it all into 80 pages along with loads of photos. Phew.
Getting this endeavour off of the ground has been absolutely frightening and exciting at once. I truly hope you enjoy this first release and the others that follow.
There will be something for everyone starting with a print version (for people like us who love ink on paper) as well as a range of digital options.
If you work in media and would like to write a review or conduct an interview with either of us please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be making a few pdf media copies available shortly.