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Announcing The CSA Cookbook Road Trip! First Stops: Las Vegas, Denver, and Austin!

Above: This picture makes me smile every time… over 125 enthusiastic people sat in this tent and listened to me talk at this year’s Spring Planting Festival in Mansfield, MO.

Pull out your calendars, I’m going on a book tour!

And not just any book tour… but The CSA Cookbook Road Trip, where I’m hittin’ the road for 6 weeks and 10,000 miles, going coast to coast (twice!) to spread the message of good food to good people.

Honestly, I wish I had 6 months for something like this, as I’ll barely be skimming the surface of this great country despite all those miles. In total, I’ll be making 14 tour stops with my co-driver and adventurer-in-crime, Will (you might know him as The CSA Cookbook photographer and, of course, Mr. Garden Betty). But all told, we’ll be making multiple stops along the way and I just. can’t. wait!

The book tour begins in my hometown of Las Vegas, and from there we’ll keep heading east to Denver and Austin. If you live in one of these cities, I sincerely hope we get to meet and chat at my upcoming events!

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7 pm – Las Vegas, NV
The Writer’s Block
I’m so thrilled to be speaking at the only independent bookstore in Southern Nevada! The CSA Cookbook Road Trip kicks off in my hometown and I’ll be doing a talk and Q&A at the newly opened Writer’s Block in downtown Las Vegas. Books will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7 pm – Denver, CO
BookBar
A bookstore-slash-wine bar is a brilliant concept, and I wish every town had one! Come have a glass of vino with me as I chat about my new book and take your questions on top-to-tail farm-to-table cooking. Samples from my book will be served from their cafe, and books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1 pm – Austin, TX
Métier Cook’s Supply (in conjunction with Green Gate Farms)
People tell me Austin has a thriving community of urban homesteaders and local food advocates… are they right?! Join me at this stunning shop for a presentation and Q&A. Let’s talk about all things veggies, gardens, and chickens! Books will be available for purchase.

To see where else I’m headed on my book tour this spring, check the Events page. The details for several events are still being worked out, but I’ll post more information as they finalize. I’ll also be adding a few west coast stops shortly!

And if you want to follow along on The CSA Cookbook Road Trip, I made a fun interactive map on Roadtrippers of our tentative route. I imagine we’ll be making plenty of turns off the beaten track, but if there’s a particular place I should stop and see along the way, or a detour you think I’d like of some scenic, strange, or beautiful sight near you, please share!

The CSA Cookbook Road Trip on Roadtrippers!

I am especially excited to team up with Kia Motors USA on this adventure! They have generously offered to loan me a vehicle for the tour and I am thankful, thrilled, seriously stoked. For the journey, I’ll be putting the 2015 Kia Sedona MPV to the ultimate driving test. I’m talking national scenic byways, back roads, and farm roads… hundreds of hours on asphalt and gravel and probably a little dirt, too. I’ve never taken a Sedona on an adventure before (which Kia bills as a multi-purpose vehicle, mind you, not a minivan), so by the end of this book tour, we’ll see how it stacks up against an SUV.

Be sure to follow @gardenbetty on Instagram for daily updates and inspiration as I make my way across the country!

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