My First Cookbook!

by autumn on January 16, 2015

Autumn Makes & Does // My First Cookbook

I have some news and I’m at an age where the phrase “I have some news,” needs to be immediately followed by “it’s not a baby.” It’s not a baby. It’s a cookbook!

Back in September, on my 30th birthday, also the day we signed the title on our house and officially became homeowners, which will now forever be known as THE CRAZIEST DAY OF MY LIFE, I got an offer from an editor I had been working with to write this cookbook. Now that contracts have been signed and I’m full speed ahead on this thing, I’m excited to share the news.

It’s called Beyond Canning: New Ideas for Preserving, Pickling, and Fermenting and it is planned for release in February 2016, just in time for putting all those lovely early spring things (you know I’m talking about rhubarb) in jars. For those real-life friends who witnessed my bookshelf of preserves, which proudly stood in the living room of our apartment in NYC, you know this is a topic that really gets me going. I’m elated to be working with Thom O’Hearn at Quarto on the book and grateful to be represented by Judy Linden at Stonesong. We’re super close to making the photographer official and I’m over the moon that Paul (!!!) will be providing the illustrations.

This is the reason that things have been a bit slow on the blog front recently, but please follow along on instagram with #beyondcanning and keep me company on this adventure. And thank you for being here!

With that, happy weekend! We’re headed to a citrus grove, so I can try to track down some harder-to-find citrus for the book.


Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aimee @ Simple Bites January 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm

This is really, really exciting news. Congratulations! I guess you’ll always remember your 30th birthday. 😉

Enjoy the process!


2 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

Thank you, Aimee. I really appreciate it. It was a truly bizarre and wonderful day and I’m really not one for birthdays.


3 Jessica Anderson January 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Yay!! I am so excited for you!! That is truly amazing!!


4 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:37 am

Thank you, Jessica! I hope you and your family are doing well!


5 Zainab January 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Yay!! Congratulations 🙂 So excited for you!! Will there be a prickly pear cactus recipe?


6 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

Ha. I love that you asked that! That’s a very good guess 😉


7 Celia January 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Autumn!!! Holy crap!!! I am so excited for you! All the exclamation points and rhubarb!!!! Mega congratulations!!!!


8 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!


9 Tamika January 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Woohooo!! Congrats! Exciting times ahead. It’s such a labour a love (and commitment!). I eagerly await it.


10 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:39 am

Thank you, Tamika!


11 Maggie at Eat Boutique January 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Oh my goodness, congratulations! That’s just wonderful news. I can’t wait to hold it! xo


12 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

Thank you, Maggie! I hope to see you soon… It has been too long!


13 Nicole January 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

That’s wonderful, Autumn!! Yay! Ha, it’s so true, “news” either means baby or cookbook for bloggers 🙂


14 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:36 am

Hahaha. Right? I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks so. Thank you, Nicole.


15 Julia January 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

I really can’t wait for this Autumn. Such great news!!


16 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:36 am

That means so much coming from you, Julia <3 Thank you!


17 Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen January 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Hooray! And, though also childless, I think you’re wrong. It is a baby – just a different kind. Exciting!


18 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:37 am

true story! Thank you, Kate!


19 Nikki January 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Over the moon excited for you and to read this book . . . Congrats, Autumn!


20 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

I really appreciate that, Nikki! Thank you.


21 Eileen January 17, 2015 at 12:22 am

Yay cookbook! Congratulations!


22 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

Yay cookbook is right! 😉 Thanks, Eileen.


23 Courtney January 17, 2015 at 12:54 am

Squee! I am so incredibly excited for you, lady! I cannot wait to see this book come together!


24 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

Thank you, Courtney! It really means a lot to me to have you three (albeit on the other side of the country now) rooting for me <3


25 Billy January 17, 2015 at 1:18 am



26 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:33 am

Hahaha! Thank you, Billy!


27 Katie January 17, 2015 at 3:29 am

Yay, Autumn! I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!!!!


28 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

Thank you, my dear! Miss you!


29 kaela January 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Can’t wait to see it, Autumn! So many congratulations!!


30 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

Thank you, Kaela! <3


31 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 18, 2015 at 1:59 am

Congratulations! So exciting (and whoa, that is the craziest day ever!). Can’t wait to read it!


32 autumn January 18, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Thank you, Steph! It was truly crazy and made even more crazy by the fact that I had to keep it secret for a good while after it happened. As always, I appreciate your sweet comments and support. 🙂


33 Kate January 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Wow! That is so incredibly exciting!! Congratulations, I can’t wait to see it!


34 autumn January 20, 2015 at 1:31 am

Thank you, Kate!


35 Erika January 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Yay!! That’s awesome girlfriend.. I’m so excited for you.


36 Alycia January 30, 2015 at 3:22 am

Congrats and great work! I can’t wait!


37 Kris March 22, 2015 at 3:03 am

Autumn, I’m sooooooo stoked to read this! I’m just catching up on my blog reading (I’m obviously way behind) and I was thrilled to find this. 🙂 When the time comes, let me know what I can do to support you. xoxo


38 Amanda Paa May 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm

How did I miss this??! So excited for you girl, and you know I’ll be talking the heck out of your book when it comes out. xo


39 Aaron July 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

I had heard this great news at LREI! Hope it’s progressing well. Can’t wait to see it. Did you get my email? Would love to come visit now we are in Phoenix!


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