Anna Mintz is a Publicist for Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, and is an editor for The Recipe Club. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in New York City and loves exploring NYC’s restaurant scene and trying out new recipes in her own kitchen.
We’ve written about our launch presentations (in which our editors present their upcoming cookbooks to the rest of the staff) in the past, but I have to say that this time around, the Clarkson Potter editors really outdid themselves! The launch presentations for Spring 2013 were exciting, inspiring, and made us really eager to get our hands on some of these upcoming cookbooks. I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year for these books to come out!
We have some really great cookbooks on our list for next spring, including new titles from Alice Waters, Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, The Lee Bros., and Nigella Lawson. We also have awesome debut cookbooks from Food Network’s Sunny Anderson and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais, among others!
It’s always up for debate whether people are more excited to hear the editors’ presentations, sample delicious food from the cookbooks, or have a chance to win one of the fabulous raffle prizes. I go for all three reasons, but I have to admit that I was disappointed not to win a coupon for dinner for two at Chez Panisse — what an amazing raffle prize! Luckily for me, I was able to drown my I-never-win-anything sorrows in lots and lots of delicious food and drink.
This time, we sampled so many goodies from the books. Some of my favorites were the Groundnut Cakes from The Lee Bros. (a cross between a thin sugar cookie and a brittle — crumbly, crispy, and delightful!), Chocolate Caramel Truffles from Nigella Lawson, Fresh Pea Hummus from the upcoming book from Martha Stewart Living, some amazingly flavorful “Bacon Bark” from Sunny Anderson, and homemade soda from P&H Soda Co. All in all, it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon, and we are all so excited about the cookbooks coming out next year. Stay tuned for more details on those as the year progresses!
Check out all the mouth-watering photos from our Clarkson Potter Spring 2013 cookbook launch: