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Ogrodnek and Stern Sign Deal for Battersby Cookbook

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Grand Central Publishing has picked up the book proposal from Battersby chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, and cookbook collaborator extraordinaire Andrew Friedman. According to the official announcement from the publisher, BATTERSBY: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Kitchen will "help readers prepare and serve sophisticated, satisfying food, with advice on what to prepare ahead and then how to finish later." It's slated to be released in 2015.

Friedman announces the deal today on his blog Toqueland, and also offers a few thoughts on writing book proposals and taking them to market in 2013. The author writes:

With very few exceptions, chefs who want to write cookbooks need to identify and focus on what I call "the bridge" – an aspect of what they do in their restaurants that ties into what people do at home, and to be willing to strip down and/or simplify their restaurant repertoire in the process. In the case of Battersby, the book's focus will be how to cook and serve sophisticated food that isn't overly complicated and which can largely be prepared in advance, then finished and served with a modicum of time and effort.
While putting the proposal together, Friedman wrote a post about trailing Stern and Ogrodnek for a day and evening in their tiny kitchen — that's also worth checking out if you're a Battersby fan.
· Grand Central Publishing Acquires Battersby Cookbook [Toqueland]
· All Coverage of Battersby [~ENY~]
[Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern by Krieger]


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