#PublishingPaidMe; Marvel Cookbook Trailer
Plus: why publishers move release dates during COVID-19
Howdy cookbook fans!
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Authors Share Advances with #PublishingPaidMe
This past weekend, fantasy author LL McKinney started the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag in what Publishers Weekly calls an effort “to expose the disparity in book advances between white and black authors by asking white authors to share their advances.”
I haven’t seen a ton of cookbook authors play ball with this (I did, and have seen a few others) but I hope that changes over the next few days. If you’ve sold a cookbook, I invite you to share your advance under that hashtag—low or high, the point is transparency.
Behold: The Trailer for the Official Marvel Cookbook
Behold! The trailer for the official MCU cookbook, Marvel Eat the Universe, written by Justin Warner. The book is based on Warner’s digital series of the same name. Featuring Captain America’s…. beef tongue terrine? Sure! Publishes July 28, preorder here. [Insight via Twitter]
Osayi Endolyn to Write Restaurant/Dining History
A bit of joy, as she wrote on Twitter: James Beard Award winning-writer Osayi Endolyn will write a book on “American restaurant and dining history through the lens of systemic racism.” The book will expand on an essay Endolyn wrote called “Trapped In Dining Out” that was included in the 2019 book Women on Food. No word on pub date; Amistad Books.
Why Do Publishers Move Release Dates Now?
I’ve covered a few of these—publishers who have moved certain book dates forward (Ina Garten’s upcoming Modern Comfort Food) or back from spring (Sami Tamimi’s Falastin). But what goes into making these decisions?
Forbes interviewed a few reps from the big houses, and it turns out…there are many reasons! First of all, everyone was already trying to avoid the election in November. If a book was heavily reliant on an accompanying tour for sales, release was often bumped in hopes of lightened travel restrictions. If topics were timely, releases were moved up; if the subject might disappear in pandemic chatter, releases were pushed back. And it seems like some authors were given the option to push back or roll ahead as planned.
Check this out!
“With cookbooks and cooking-related books, we see cookbooks for Italian and French and you know, all different types of Asian cuisines. But there’s never a black foodways or black-related cookbook section. That’s not a filter that you can apply to your search when you’re searching online.” — Top Chef Junior finalist Rahanna Bisseret Martinez on the need for “more content for and about black people.” [LAT]
Akash Muralidharan, a food designer in Chennai, India, has been cooking his way through 1951 cookbook Cook and See by S. Meenakshi Ammal and posting his takeaways on Instagram. According to The New Indian Express, the book “was part of the wedding trousseau for many young Tamil brides looking for kitchen wisdom” and features “recipes using traditional and [South Indian] vegetables that have started disappearing from our kitchens.” [New Indian Express]
Here’s an extensive Twitter thread of recommendations for books “that discuss the influence of black people in the creation of American cuisine.” [@MrGoodlyCooks]
Country star Trisha Yearwood is working on a new cookbook. She’s the author three cookbooks already. [KFDI]
A dive into the century-old nutrition of 1920’s The Lutheran Home Cookbook. [Cavalier County Republican]
Celebrities with cookbooks. [Us Weekly]
12 summertime cookbooks for kids. [Book Riot]
Inside the Maine Coast Fishing Families Seafood Cookbook, written by the families of Maine fishermen. [NewsCenter Maine]
“The book was never just a functional guide for housewives confronting World War II… [It was a] witty, resilient, and sympathetic sisterly voice admitting to readers that everything would not be okay, but the power to make bread, roast meat, and share with others might allow us to carry on anyway.’ — On MFK Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf. [Takeout]
Note: You’ve probably heard about the brown-face scandal with now-former Bon Appetit EIC Adam Rapoport, his resignation, and the ensuing controversy over pay for POC who appear in the Test Kitchen Videos. It’s not technically cookbook news so I’m not covering it in-depth, but I didn’t want it to go unmentioned. Disclaimer: I worked at Epicurious, which is under the BA umbrella, from 2015-2016.
That’s it for today! If this was your first issue of Stained Page News, I hope you enjoyed it. I’m glad to have you here. See Friday people Friday, have a great week everyone.