Andrea Reusing, chef of Chapel Hill’s wonderful Lantern, recently signed on with publisher Clarkson Potter for worldwide rights to a new cookbook. According to a trade publication news release, seven different publishers were competing for the rights to the book. The cookbook will feature over 100 recipes organized by season, with an emphasis on cooking with local ingredients, one of Reusing’s focuses at Lantern.
This is no “Lantern Cookbook,” however. “I wanted to do a book about cooking at home, focusing on using local ingredients,” Reusing told me. “I wanted to create a snapshot of our local food community and not focus on any single ethnicity. I want this cookbook to be used, with food stains on the pages. I don’t want it to sit on a coffee table.”
The book does not yet have a title, and unfortunately, won’t be out until the fall of 2010. But the writing has begun. Her first draft is due in a year, and trying to write while managing a restaurant and parenting two small children will be quite a challenge, but nothing should surprise us anymore about Reusing. As we wait for the cookbook to come out, we’ll all just have to go to Chapel Hill and get the real goods right from the source.