WellPreserved – The Book Announcement!

We shared two secrets with you yesterday.

We held the biggest secret for today:

WellPreserved   The Book Announcement!

Dana and I are thrilled to finally share the news that we’re working on our first cookbook! It will be published in the Spring of 2016 under the Appetite by Random House imprint. We’re thrilled to be working with Robert McCullough and his team at RHC. The instant we met Robert we knew we wanted to work with him (and talk butter churns and rosé among a tonne of other things…)

Previous International titles from Appetite include River Cottage Veg (Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall), Jerusalem (Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi), The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (Deb Perelman) and What’s for Dinner (Curtis Stone).  They are also massive supporters of Canadian talent and have printed The Toronto Star Cookbook (Jennifer Bain), The Butler Speaks (Charles MacPherson)and Beerology (Mirella Amato).

We are both thankful and completely excited!

There are so many people that have helped with this journey – and so many more that we’ll need to thank before we’re done.  We could list 50 or 60 people – plus every reader, tweeter, facebook sharer and more to say a big thanks to.  For now we just want to share the excitement – and the credit – that has brought us to today.  This announcement is the result of hundreds – if not thousands – of people who have added their voice to WellPreserved over the years.  So thank you.

We’ve been working on the book for almost a year. From pitching to publishing – it will take almost 3 years to complete.  We’ll share some details as we continue to work on it.  Here’s what we’ll tease you with for now:

  • All of the recipes are 100% new content.
  • It will showcase many different styles of preserving.
  • It’s going to feature preserving as well as showing how you can use preserves in regular everyday cooking.
  • It’s going to feature some awesome photography and feature a lot of Dana’s art and design.

We’ll also be sharing our adventure as we go! Follow #WPcookbook

We’re looking for recipe testers – No Experience Required

Are you interested in being involved in the project?  Are you willing to test a recipe – or several?

If you’re interested in testing, we have a form (it should take less than 5 minutes to fill out) which will help us stay organized and help ensure that selected testers get to test things that they want to eat.

Onwards and Upwards

We can’t wait to see what the next 2 years have in store – and we’re so excited to have so many people joining us in this journey – we hope you’ll be part of it with us!


  1. Yay!!

    Just filled out your survey. One note — the experimental question isn’t a yes or no question. I assumed yes meant yes to experimental ingredients.

    • Thank you Katie! It was indeed (we originally had it as a text box) – thank you for filling it out – and pointing that out; I’ve updated the question to match your answer.. :) Thanks! Joel

  2. Congratulations! I was hoping for a Wellpreserved cookbook. Waiting for it now I know it is coming is going to be hard. But the opportunity being a recipetester is exciting enough to keep me satisfied, if you’ll have me…

    Have fun with this new adventure.

  3. nora collins says:

    Absolutely – I make so many of your recipes anyway, would love to volunteer to test. Where do I sign?

  4. Huge congrats guys, this is very well deserved!

    • Thank you so much Mardi – when I’m having an off day and have a difficult time motivating myself to write, you are one of the people that inspires me by seeing how hard you’re working and the amazing stuff you’re doing. Thank you. :) j

  5. Aunt Audrey says:

    Very very excited for you both. WellPreserved-WellDeserved

  6. Rodney R says:

    This is great news. I’m looking forward to its publication. I love getting my nose into cook books and other food related texts. It’s inspiring to read about how different foods are prepared, especially when the author give a brief explanation about the history of the dish or reason for treating the food in a certain way. My favorite part of many books is the preface. The author often gives an explanation about why they took the time to write and publish the book, which is no small feat. It gives me a feeling of “Yeah, I get it. I feel the same way about food.” I’m truly looking forward to reading your work.

    I am willing to test out a recipe – or several. I’ll fill out the form. I’m definitely an amateur but ignorance hasn’t stopped me in the past.

  7. CONGRATS on your book announcement!

  8. Great news! Thrilled for you both. :-)

  9. Wonderful news, congratulations! Have filled out the tester’s form! x


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