It’s been quite a month since the launch of Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook, and I want to thank everyone for your support! We’ve sold a good number of books, received a ton of positive, high-profile press and reviews, I’ve traveled to a fair number of places to meet a whole bunch of new people.
What a ride!
The cookbook went on sale on June 14, and I flew to Vancouver for a whirlwind two day press tour, including this fun radio interview (starts at about 31:00) with the CBC’s Sheryl MacKay, and an appearance making Ulysses’s Syllabub on the morning news.
I returned to little Pender Island for about a week, then left again, this time for Scottsdale, Arizona, for an amazing Outlander Kitchen event with Diana Gabaldon, and hosted by The Poisoned Pen bookstore.
You’ll find more pictures from the event here.
After another week’s stay at home, I headed off again. My first stop was with friends in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lori is my BFF, and our friendship began over this online Salt Rising Bread experiment over 4 years ago, and it’s been a rare day since that we haven’t checked in with each other, at least briefly, on a VERY LONG private message on facebook.
Lori’s husband, John, has also become a friend, and I spent a fabulous weekend with them, feasting all over Baton Rouge before Lori and I hopped in the truck for a 12 hour road trip to The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, for Novel Adventure’s Gathering on the Ridge, a 5 day, Outlander-themed gathering in a historic inn near to the fictional location of Fraser’s Ridge.
Lori is a trained chef and blogger at Little White Apron, as well as the author of the Peppery Oyster Stew recipe in the OK Cookbook. She and I were at the Gathering to teach Outlander Kitchen cooking classes, and had a ball with over 30 women, cooking lunch together in rustic kitchens. This was my second year at this event, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Lori’s classes made this gorgeous version of Nontoxic Mushroom Soup from the cookbook.
After the cooking classes were finished, it was time for dinner…with Graham McTavish! Graham was this year’s very special guest at the gathering, and I don’t think he left a woman uncharmed in the whole place!A down to earth gentleman, and a natural-born storyteller who enjoys a good glass of Malbec, he spent most of the weekend with our group, and I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner I spent at his table, where I learned he spent a few years in Vancouver during his childhood, in a house that sounds like it was less than two miles from my family home!
It’s a small world.
And with that perfect segue, I am thrilled to announce:
The Outlander Kitchen Worldwide Giveaway:
It’s my first cookbook giveaway, and I’m making it WORLDWIDE! The prize pack consists of everything in the photo below:
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.