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Look Look, we are doing a Book!

****UPDATE****
Our book is available for pre-ordering now. Read more about it here!
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There is a little something we haven’t been able to tell you until now. In some strange but enchanted way we have ended up with a book deal! One year from now “Our Green Kitchen” (working title) will land in book stores around the world. Isn’t that just CRAZY!

When we started this blog we could never ever guess that we would end up writing an international cookbook. I mean with all those talented writers, professional chefs, inspiring nutritionists and natural born photographers doing their own books, what could we – two home-cooks with no culinary education – possibly have to offer? Well, after reading all comments from you – kind readers – who have tried and appreciated our recipes, we have slowly learned to trust in what we are doing. So however it turns out, we promise to put all the creativity and love as we possibly can find into this book. And hopefully it will be inspiring and useful enough to find its way onto your kitchen table.

Miraculously, after what feels like 9000 emails back and forth, we ended up signing a book deal with not only one, but two different publishing houses. Hardie Grant UK for the European and Australian market and Rizzoli in the US. We have the sweetest and most inspiring editor who keeps sending us paper samples and layout ideas, so we have no worries there. The book will be hardcover, 256 pages with 80 new recipes (even though you might recognize a few of our favorites in new costumes). We brought in David’s sister as a photographer, so expect colorful food photos on beautiful (hopefully) matte paper.

We have already been working a couple of  months on new recipes, planning shoots and scribbling down our thoughts. But we have the most intense, challenging and hopefully also fun period ahead of us. This blog will go on as usual with new posts at least once a week, but if we run late a few days you know where we are (drowned under a pile of book recipes).

This definitely calls for celebration, don’t you think? We cooked up this fruity, flavorful and cooling drink that works great both with or without alcohol. We boiled the pear juice together with lemongrass to get a slightly thicker syrup with a intensely sweet flavor and a hint of lemon and rosemary. Make sure to serve it in the prettiest glasses you have.

Skål, Cin cin, Cheers from the luckiest little family in the world!

Pear, Rosemary & Lemongrass Cocktail
4 glasses 

Since the size and sort of the pears vary, you need to adjust the measurements to your own taste. If you don’t have a juicer you can use unsweetened pear juice. We use twice as much juice as sparkling water. If you try this with alcohol you might want to reduce the sparkling water. All liqueurs seems to work with this recipe. If using whisky we suggest adding a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon to each glass.

5 pears (medium size)
1/3 fennel
3 sprigs rosemary
1 inch fresh ginger, more or less according to taste
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped and crushed
a pinch nutmeg, ground
2 pinches ground vanilla
1/2 – 1 cup sparkling water or soda (start with 1/2 cup, add more to taste)

Run pears, fennel, 2 sprigs rosemary and ginger in a juicer.
Pour the juice into a small saucepan over medium heat, add lemongrass, nutmeg and vanilla. Bring to boil, turn down the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until thickened. Allow to cool completely before straining. Pass through a fine sieve.
Crush the ice in a high speed blender.
Place the thickened juice in a pitcher or (cocktail) shaker, add soda water and stir to combine.
Fill the cocktail glasses with ice and pour over the juice and soda mixture. Garnish with sliced pears and fresh rosemary. Serve.

Photos by: Johanna Frenkel

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84 Comments

  1. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 00:55 | #

    OMG this is such an inspired recipe! no wonder you got a book deal! Cheers

  2. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 00:57 | #

    Congratulations! And with the perfect drink to celebrate.

  3. Jennifer
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 00:59 | #

    Yay! Congrats! I know I’ll be buying it, I love all your recipes!

  4. Clara
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 01:13 | #

    Oh wow! I haven’t even read your post to a finish… I just have to tell you how happy I am! Thank you for making a book – so much! Please let me know if it will be possible to pre-order it, and I am sure that it will be a really big succes.
    Love and the best of wishes. Clara.
    …And now I will go back and read your post to the end :)

  5. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 01:36 | #

    Congratulations! That is such wonderful news. I am so very excited to see the end product of your book, will definitely be wanting to add it to my library of healthy recipe books. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the process of making it:)

  6. Marthin
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 01:41 | #

    Well deserved!

  7. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 02:24 | #

    CONGRAAAAATS! Oh that’s soooo exciting!!

  8. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 02:52 | #

    So awesome you guys!! I’m so excited for you and the year ahead, and (of coarse) getting my hands on a copy too!

  9. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 03:43 | #

    Congratulations! How very exciting!

  10. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 05:28 | #

    That is a fantastic news! Congratulations is not enough, but congratulations 9000 times! I hope we will have a chance to sneak pic along the way…:)

  11. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 05:46 | #

    Big congratulations! So happy for you all and I seriously cannot wait to have your book on my kitchen counter, all spattered and crumb coated. Happy days :)

  12. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 09:19 | #

    That is amazing news – not one, but two deals? Definitely calls for a celebration – and such a delectable drink with which to do so, too!

  13. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 10:00 | #

    Congrats you guys! I’m not surprised though, we all knew its coming :-) NOW hurry up I need that book!

  14. Elsa Gade
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 10:04 | #

    So happy to hear! Congratulations. I look forward to buy the book. Your blog is just great and the photoes wonderful. Keep up the good and inspiring work. Elsa in Denmark

  15. Signe Z
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 10:11 | #

    HURRA! HURRA! HURRA! I’m so VERY EXCITED! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news on a bright saturday morning.

  16. Elaine Glynn
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 11:14 | #

    Congratulations I just love your blog, the stories and your beautiful photos It brighten my day especially photos of your beautiful daughter. Can’t wait to see it in the shop and I will be first in line

  17. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 11:34 | #

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting (for all of us as well!) Let me know if you need recipe testers…

  18. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 11:48 | #

    Wow, cool! Can´t wait to go into the bookshop and buy your book!!! Congrats!!!!

  19. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 12:12 | #

    Jeg er så stolt af min twin søster.tillykke jeg køber 5 stk bare for hvis der skulle komme pletter på.kram til jerr

  20. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 12:15 | #

    Congratulations!! That’s fabulous news. Well done. I’ll look out for the book in Australia.

  21. Elaine Rogers
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 12:34 | #

    Congrats…I just love all your recipes and always wondered why you didnt have a cook book..GOOD Luck and cant wait to buy it.

    elaine

  22. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 12:35 | #

    Congratulations! This is truly exciting news! I am looking forward to a book that is as beautiful and lovingly thought out as your blog is :0)

  23. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 12:59 | #

    this is the best ever!!

  24. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 13:03 | #

    Thrilled for you. I can’t wait to see what you create.

  25. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:23 | #

    Congratulations!! I’m so pleased for you!! Definitely will be buying that gem of a book! x

  26. Therese
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:30 | #

    Stort tillykke!

  27. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:34 | #

    Congrats you guys! Knew it wasn’t far away :-) All the best xx

  28. Sharon
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:45 | #

    Wow! Congratulations! I am so excited for you all! I think you are so talented in terms of your photography and healthy recipe creations, you have SO much to offer!! I will eagerly await you book and save a place on my shelf for it for sure! Congratulations! I am so happy for you, and me because I’ll get to enjoy your book! :)

  29. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:47 | #

    I’m so happy for you guys! What an amazing opportunity. Life is funny, isn’t it? What a dream. I can’t wait! Best of luck in the process. Hope to hear more of it on your blog in the meantime. :) And David’s sister is an amazing photographer!

  30. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 14:50 | #

    How absolutely marvelous – congratulations! Cannot wait to find this beauty at my local bookstore! xo

  31. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 15:09 | #

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such wonderful news and I couldn’t be happier, especially to see one of my favorite food blogs take that leap. Best of luck and cheers to you!

  32. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 15:42 | #

    Congrats guys!!! Well deserved

  33. Sascha
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 16:29 | #

    Yay,now it’s official! Congratulations! Now i know what to give friends and family at birthdays, christmas, housewarming gifts, well any occasion really! See you soon

  34. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 17:37 | #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book.

  35. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 18:04 | #

    Grattis, congrats and hurray! Can’t wait to get my excited hands on your book. In the meantime I will continue enjoying the recipes on your blog. Tonight I’m giving your toffee recipe a go so I can fill my easter eggs with some nutritious candy.

  36. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 19:00 | #

    Congratulations!!! That’s great news. Can’t wait to have it.

  37. Christine
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 19:16 | #

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and it’s definitely deserving. You deserve all the success and the world deserves this book from the sweetest, most inspirational family!

  38. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 19:18 | #

    <3, just <3

  39. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 20:27 | #

    Congratulations, I am so happy for you! Best of luck and enjoy the process! :)

  40. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 21:06 | #

    Congratulations! and Thank you for such refreshing cocktail.

  41. Carly Franklyn
    Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 21:48 | #

    That is such exciting news! I have been reading your blog for a long time and experimenting with all your lovely recipes. (Even though in Melb, Australia with opposite climate there is a lot of waiting to try the newest recipes!) Anyway, I am just so happy for you all! You have created a beautiful blog and i am so pleased that all this work has lead to a published version. I have always thought to myself “I wish these recipes were all in a book” as there is nothing like cooking from a lovely book vs dragging the laptop onto the kitchen bench and cooking in fear of the blended exploding and spoiling computer….
    Congratulations! Its fantastic news and i cannot wait to find your book. There are a million out there of course, but this one is going to be a treasure. Well done and THANKYOU so!
    blessings to you all xx Favourite recipe – HEMP protein bars!we have been blending yummy ‘choc’ snacks like this for a long time but this is the winning combinatinon isnt it? it has been exciting to be reminded of HEMP seeds and their magic, though they have only just been released here in australia for ‘human consumption’..oh & pump pasta is so yummy. Also i have cured many loved ones of supermarket museli disease by printing them out your museli recipe, so thankyou thankyou thankyou again for your kindness and generosity. You are making a lot of people happy i can see! xx

  42. Posted 31 Mar ’12 at 23:28 | #

    How exciting! Congratulations. I’m looking forward to having a copy!

  43. Chelsea
    Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 01:16 | #

    THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! Many congratulations from Philadelphia. Although I’ve been reading quite a few food blogs in the past couple years, I think yours will be the first that inspires me to actually go out and get the cookbook! (I will miss the lovely, unbeatable photos you normally have here, but I’m sure David’s sister will do a great job.)

  44. Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 02:16 | #

    Congratulations!!! How exciting!!! Cheers to you!!!!

  45. Ketmala
    Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 06:07 | #

    C’est merveilleux! CONGRATULATIONS to your family!!! What an exciting news, I am so happy for you all. Wishing you lots of fun writing & cooking the next several months. Best of luck!

  46. Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 08:37 | #

    I can’t wait! So happy for you guys! I love your blog!

  47. Danila
    Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 08:50 | #

    Bellissima notizia (wonderful news!!!)!!!
    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you.
    I really think you all are just great!
    :-)

  48. Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 10:14 | #

    Congrats you guys, I’ll be buying it for sure x

  49. Sarah A
    Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 12:00 | #

    You absolutely should have posted this on April Fools Day!!
    (I say that with love – you guys are great)

  50. Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 12:22 | #

    Yay! Looking forward to shooting the book! /Sis

  51. Sini
    Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 18:11 | #

    Congratulation!! This is really great news. Made my day.

    Greetings from Finland,
    Sini

  52. Posted 1 Apr ’12 at 21:41 | #

    Congrats!!! New to your blog & am loving your recipes!

  53. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 05:18 | #

    Very few are more deserving than you two (er, three). So excited for you and let me know if you need an American recipe tester!

  54. Priya
    Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 06:35 | #

    so looking forward to your book :))

  55. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 14:18 | #

    Wow, I am sooo happy for you, this is great news! I can’t wait for the book to be released! Congrats!!!

  56. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 14:18 | #

    Great ! We will be able to have new recipes ! Vad bra men …..kommer ni att översätta boken på franska ??????
    Anyway, good luck from Paris for this new adventure :-)

  57. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 17:24 | #

    Congratulations to you! What fabulous news. I can only imagine how beautiful your recipes and pictures (your sister’s pictures I guess!) will look on paper. Cheers!

  58. tara
    Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 17:41 | #

    I have been waiting for this moment! Every time I check your blog for an update, I think to myself *I WISH there was a green kitchen cookbook* ! So thrilled, congrats

  59. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 18:00 | #

    Oh!!!!!Congrats guys!!!!! it’s an amazing project…and a perfect drink to…cheers!!!!!!!

  60. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 20:12 | #

    Congrats! I adore you blog and I am sure the book will be just as inspiring!

  61. Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 20:16 | #

    Hurra och grattis!
    I will definately buy your book!

  62. Joanne
    Posted 2 Apr ’12 at 20:34 | #

    Ohh what fun! Can’t wait. Your blog and recipes are so creative. Looking forward to your book. Hope to see it in Canada. Congratulations!!!

  63. Caroline
    Posted 3 Apr ’12 at 01:36 | #

    Can’t wait to buy your book! This is perfect!!!!!!! I will give it to all my friends, as I love your blog so much!!! Aaaaaah I’m so happy!!

  64. beverly thornton
    Posted 3 Apr ’12 at 03:39 | #

    WONDERFULL NEWS LOOKING FOR YOUR NEW BOOK.THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY GREAT IDEAS.

  65. Posted 3 Apr ’12 at 16:48 | #

    congratulations! i can’t wait to see what recipes you’re cooking up for the book

  66. Posted 3 Apr ’12 at 22:52 | #

    Congratulations on the book deal! We are looking forward to seeing the end product :)

  67. Posted 4 Apr ’12 at 05:06 | #

    Congrats!!! Looking so forward to getting a copy of the book. Can’t wait!

  68. Avery
    Posted 4 Apr ’12 at 07:23 | #

    Can’t wait to buy the book! Counting down the days already!

  69. Posted 4 Apr ’12 at 19:33 | #

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to the book!

  70. Posted 6 Apr ’12 at 04:11 | #

    Such wonderful news!!! Congrats…I am so happy for you :)

  71. Posted 6 Apr ’12 at 07:30 | #

    How exciting! With your Scandinavian roots, can we expect any recipes from the Nordic countries?

  72. Posted 11 Apr ’12 at 21:22 | #

    I’m a bit behind, just heard this now. I’m so happy for you, and excited to see what you come up with! Hugs from Finland!

  73. Jennifer Seymour
    Posted 11 Apr ’12 at 22:43 | #

    Congratulations on the book deal! I interned with Hardie Grant in the winter and remember you coming into the office for a provisional meeting (I was on baby-watch duty during your meeting!). Very pleased to hear that you are going ahead with Hardie Grant, I have every confidence that together you will all produce a beautiful book. Love your recipes, very inspiring food for a healthy lifestyle :) x

  74. Posted 12 Apr ’12 at 03:08 | #

    Congratulations, this is great news! I’m so happy that a book’s coming, I’m already such a fan of your blog and your apps. Can’t wait for the book which will be equally beautiful and delicious I’m sure! How fun must it be to choose paper for *your very own* book? Congrats again, this is well deserved.

  75. Liz
    Posted 12 Apr ’12 at 09:21 | #

    Can not WAIT for this cookbook!

  76. Posted 16 Apr ’12 at 20:07 | #

    Très jolie tenue! j’aime beaucoup

  77. Posted 20 Apr ’12 at 15:48 | #

    Congratulations!!! This is great news and I can’t wait to discover it!

  78. Hannah
    Posted 3 May ’12 at 19:20 | #

    Yes!!! Cannot wait for the book! Huzzah and congratulations! And now I am off to make (another) beet and chocolate cake. Darn that delicious recipe.

    Cheers!

  79. Posted 8 May ’12 at 02:54 | #

    Congratulations. So well deserved. We’re all lucky in this story, you guys for publishing a book and us as your audience for looking forward to something amazing. Congratulations once again.

  80. Posted 12 May ’12 at 06:10 | #

    Congrats!!!!
    I recently contributed photographs to a great cookbook (The Daily Feast) and I know how excited that you must be. Can’t wait to buy “Our Green Kitchen”. If you ever need another photographer who specializes in food photography to assist…please let me know– “will work for (organic) chocolate”! :-D
    Congratulations.

    Cheers–
    Debby

  81. Kasper
    Posted 14 May ’12 at 13:16 | #

    Awesome! I really do look forward to your book. I remember how i discovered this lovely website. It was kind of random, but yet I feel very lucky. I was seeking for some vegetarian food, because I thought it would be exciting to try something new. My family have always been meatlovers and my mother have always done the cooking. Then i thought one day that i wanted to learn how too cook, and the only thing I was good at, was to slice the salad. Then i found this website on google, and I thought that your Yoga pot would be easy to slice and my mother could help with the cooking. It took two hours because we messed a little up, but when we were finish, we were stunned – It tasted heavenly, and I was surprised that vegetarian food could taste this good. Yoga Pot is now me and my mother’s favourite dish. Every time I have to make food, she always beg me to make it. But she really does not have to beg :)

  82. Posted 23 May ’12 at 03:34 | #

    Nice post! You have a really lovely blog! :)

  83. Johanna
    Posted 29 May ’12 at 10:08 | #

    Åh vad kul, grattis! Kommer boken komma ut på svenska? Eller bara på engelska? Jag ser fram emot resultatet då jag nyss hittat er fina blogg med alla dessa fantastiska recept och är helt såld. Ni är verkligen inspirerande och även då jag själv inte är vegetarian tycker det är gott att äta vegetariskt ibland och skulle man vilja så det är ju enkelt att bara lägga till något kött/kyckling/fisk till recepten om man känner för det. Tack för en fin blogg!

    • Posted 14 Jun ’12 at 23:35 | #

      Hej Johanna, det ser ut som att boken även kommer ut på svenska, men det är ännu inte klart på vilket förlag. Vi meddelar via facebook när det är klart.
      /David

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