Sea Salt Sweet is Available for Pre-Order!

Today feels like a good day because I get to show you the cover of my new book! I also get to tell you a little more about what’s inside. It’s been a long time coming – a whole year in the making – and I couldn’t be more excited to announce that Sea Salt Sweet is now available for pre-order!

Over the past couple of years I’ve learned that there’s an art to using salt in baking and confectionery. Sea Salt Sweet will show you how to add salt to your sweets in order to achieve the most mouth-watering, crave-worthy results! Better yet – it will demonstrate the best kinds of salt to use in a particular recipe. It’s a primer to all kinds of colors and textures of sea salt, from powdery velvet sel gris, to the beautiful coarse topaz crystals of Alderwood smoked salt. The first chapter, called “A Pinch” uses salt in a subtle way, usually as a flavor-enhancer and leavener in batter and dough. As chapters progress salt is utilized differently -sometimes it’s front-and-center on top of buttery toffee, and other times it’s hidden in umami-rich ingredients like red wine and sharp cheddar.

Salt and sweet together holds true cultural significance in the south. Because I was raised on this divine contrast, some chapters include my most treasured family recipes.

I don’t have any recipes to share from the book yet, but you can be sure to find a couple of sneak-peek blog posts in the coming months. However, I thought it might be fun to show you some of the props I curated for the book. The past year I’ve been living in a sea of blue-green dishes, table linens and other serveware that a mermaid might keep in her cupboard. The mood and style of this book was important to me from the get-go, and so I endeavored to find the most beautiful objects possible. I scoured antique and vintage stores to find my favorite mid-century dish-makers such as furniture designer and onetime dish designer Paul McCobb and Scandinavian designers such as Cathrineholm and Nymølle ceramics of Denmark.

A bevy of blue props! The “Salter” scale was one of my favorite online finds, and it made

quite the journey from Dublin, Ireland to my little hometown in Tennessee.

Let’s talk about The Cake.

This magnificent candy bar-inspired confection is dubbed ‘Smoke and Stout Chocolate Torte’ . I crossed my fingers that it would be chosen for the cover. In my experience, the cover is one of the most scrutinized elements because it is the face of your book – catching eyes and inviting folks over to bookshelves (virtual and otherwise). Iterations cycle through the editor, the designers, and the sales team and back to the author (and in my case, then passed on to my smart literary agent). Altogether, the cake was voted in, and I couldn’t be happier. And I just can’t wait for you to try the cake (hurry up November)!

Gosh. It’s difficult to express how completely I’ve put my heart into this book. Aside from developing the recipes, baking, shooting and styling them (and writing about them, too) I also contributed some original watercolors to the design of the book. To say I’m hugely proud of this work would be an understatement. I just can’t wait for you to read it!

The release date is set for November (just in time for Christmas!) but you can pre-order in now at a reduced price from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also find it at Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.


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Catherine
Catherine
6 years ago

Beautiful cake. I do enjoy the sweet and salty experience. xo Catherine

Unknown
Unknown
6 years ago

Gorgeous! Love that cake on the cover, can't wait to read it!

Erin
Erin
6 years ago

Mmm sea salt. I too am loving that cake on the cover.

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
6 years ago

Beautiful! It sounds very interesting.

Cheers,

Rosa

Wenderly
Wenderly
6 years ago

Wow CONGRATULATIONS! It look positively dreamy, swoon-worthy and delicious! Can't wait to see it!

AnamariDQ Con y Sin Merengue
AnamariDQ Con y Sin Merengue
6 years ago

Congrats!! You're a pro and you deserve a BIG success with this new book.

denali
denali
6 years ago

Ordered! And now I'm rejoicing. And drooling. Is it odd that I totally want that cover framed in a poster-sized print to hang on my wall?

(How is it that I'd already forgotten that I cannot leave a comment using Chrome?)

-Forgetful in Fort Worth

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
6 years ago
Reply to  denali

Haha! Thank you, thank you!

(It's always a pleasure to hear from Fort Worth.)

Colette (Coco)
Colette (Coco)
6 years ago

Another beautiful book with an engaging concept. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

EG
EG
6 years ago

Congrats! This book will be on my birthday wish list. Loved your first book. Can't wait for this one to come out.

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago

Oh I can't wait to get this! I loved your first book, and I'm sure this one will be just as beautiful. Congratulations!

Roshini
Roshini
6 years ago

Congratulations! for yet another beautiful book 😉

Bella Rosa Baking Co.
Bella Rosa Baking Co.
6 years ago

I have your first cookbook, and love it. I visit your blog often and really enjoy seeing your beautiful baked goods! Congratulations!

Nila @ The Tough Cookie
Nila @ The Tough Cookie
6 years ago

Hi Heather, congratulations on your new book. It looks incredible! I really love your first cookbook, so I can't wait for this one to hit the shelves 🙂

http://bakingwithnutella.com
http://bakingwithnutella.com
6 years ago

Great job on your new coobook, I've read your first one and love it like everyone else here. Can't wait to get this one!

Unknown
Unknown
6 years ago

Stunning!! I cannot wait for my copy 🙂

Maureen
Maureen
6 years ago

Congratulations on the new book! The cover looks so stunning! The cake is amazingly beautiful. You really did a great job with using salt in the art of baking. It is so mouthwatering and very irresistible! What a gorgeous creation!

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Laura
Laura
6 years ago

Congratulations! It looks beautiful!

Unknown
Unknown
6 years ago

Are you going to be doing some kind of book signing? I've been dying to meet you, since I also live in Tennessee! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!