Maverick New Mexico

 Working on a book is funny…when you’re in the middle of it, you’re so immersed. It’s all you think about. It wakes you up in the middle of the night. Sometimes the process is smooth, and sometimes you curse it. (And when it’s a cookbook, most of your meals come from it!) Then you ship off your work to the publisher, designer, whomever, and move on to other things. Six months or so later, out of the blue, a beautiful book arrives on your doorstep and you think, “Oh yeah! That’s what all that work was for!” “The Maverick Cookbook: Iconic Recipes & Tales from New Mexico” by Lynn Cline (2015, Leaf Storm Press launches today, and we couldn’t be happier. This was a project near and dear to our hearts…we lived in Santa Fe for many, golden years, and we both miss it lots (though our yearnings never seem to coincide, which is why we haven’t moved back…yet). Plus, we got to work with the talented Lynn, a food writer and journalist we knew from our Santa Fe days, and Andy Dudzik, a former colleague from the Santa Fe Reporter and now the publisher of Leaf Storm Press. Andy spent a few days with us back in December while we shot the book in our studio, channeling the smells and flavors of northern New Mexico to our little river town. It was one sweet week, full of laughter and ideas and very delicious food, and now we hold in our hands one sweet book.