Earlier this year, we released our first pocket guide, The Aromatic Wild Herbs and Spices of the Midwest, written and illustrated by Marika Josephson.
As some of you might remember, it sold out quickly. No wonder. As a cofounder of Scratch Brewing and coauthor of The Homebrewer’s Almanac, Marika has built a global audience with farmhouse beers that could only come from the Midwest—flavored with maple bark, pawpaws, spicebush berries, and other ingredients foraged from the brewery’s seventy-five acres outside small-town Ava, Illinois. She is uniquely qualified to walk readers through the heartland woods and teach us how to make liqueurs, syrups, pickles, and more from wild and native harvests. Plus, the book itself is a beautiful, collectible thing, handmade by Marika and her Small Letters business partner, Rachel Linn.
As some of you might also remember, we told you that when our first printing sold out, we were done—at least for the foreseeable future. But we heard from enough people who missed out on the first run that we decided to print a second. This is going to be our last printing, at least for now. We’re planning to sell digital copies at a discount in the near future, but this pocket guide is meant to be browsed, annotated, and carried into the field. It’s better in print.
We’ll be taking preorders here starting at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow, December 13.
To give subscribers a head start, we won’t announce this anywhere else until tomorrow afternoon—and we’ll send you a quick reminder in the morning. We have less than half as many copies to sell this time, so we expect to sell out within a week or two, if not sooner. Don’t hesitate to place your order.
An important note: Although we think this guide makes an excellent holiday gift for the foragers, cooks, brewers, and curious Midwesterners in your life, we won’t be able to ship until Wednesday, January 5. We’re happy to send cover art and an excerpt for gift-giving purposes. E-mail us: email@example.com.