Austin is a pretty special place, a taco-fueled, music-soaked, creativity-blossoming blue town smack in the middle of red Texas.
One of the things that makes it so special, to me at least, is our incredible network of food bloggers. Even before we formally organized in the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, there were more than 200 Austin-based food blogs. It’s practically impossible to go out to eat in this town without running into a food blogger (many of whom do not tote giant DSLRs to every single meal, thank you very much), and the collective wealth of food knowledge is impressive. I was the Membership Chair of AFBA for more than a year and now I’m Vice President, and the energy exuded by this group of bloggers is phenomenal.
That’s just one of the reasons I’m so excited about our cookbook! Yep, after a lot of planning and work, AFBA is publishing its very own community cookbook via The History Press. This is really a crowdsourced project – it features 70 recipes from local bloggers, every one of them tested by fellow AFBA members. (The recipes I tested were delicious!) The recipes reflect not only our lives in Austin, but our personal heritages and how we came to merge family recipes with Texas life. We’ve also included essays about what makes life great in Austin. The beautiful photos were also done by our members, and I can’t wait to see the final product. My own recipe for Swedish Limpa is included!
We’re doing a presale campaign for another couple of weeks, and I’d love it if you’d consider buying a copy! Presales will help us get more books directly into the community, plus you’ll be among the first to get your hands on the book!
Each copy is $25, and proceeds from the sales will go toward furthering AFBA’s goals of community growth. (AFBA is a 501(c)7 nonprofit, and in addition to social and educational events, we also have a strong philanthropic arm – last year we raised more than $4,000 for Bake a Wish!)
Hurry, the presale is only on for a little while longer! Order now! After that, the book will be available on Amazon and many locations around town.