Hanging out with the owners of Urban Garden Center in East Harlem, New York
News & Events

Support Local: Where to Buy The CSA Cookbook

Above: Urban Garden Center in New York City is an inspiring force in their East Harlem community. I’m honored to be standing with the second and third generations of the Gatanas family, who literally built this business from the ground up. The first generation, Mama Gatanas, took this picture for us!

One of the most rewarding experiences of being an author is meeting the actual people who are selling your book. I think it’s an underrated opportunity, as authors tend to focus on relationships with readers and journalists, but booksellers have just as much impact on the success of a title.

And independent booksellers, in particular, work incredibly hard to market new books to their customers, plan meaningful events for their communities, and bring in authors to foster the type of camaraderie you can’t find online.

A well-curated bookshop is truly a gem if you’re lucky to have one in your neighborhood. And while it’s easy to hop online, browse for a book, and have it shipped to your house for less than the list price, there’s something to be said about wandering the aisles of a brick-and-mortar. Meeting the proprietor behind it. Even asking a real person a question, a basic interaction that all too often involves Google or Siri these days.

My book tour gave me the rare opportunity to connect with a small (but undeniably important) segment of the wonderful people involved in getting my book into the world. Being able to chat with the owners, buyers, and sales folks on the retail end really made me appreciate what they do for their communities. I occasionally hear babble that books are a dying breed, but I don’t believe that’s true. There will always be a part of human nature that craves a tangible connection with a printed page. But as time moves on, that in-person experience may just be harder to find nearby.

The CSA Cookbook on display at BookBar in Denver, Colorado

BookBar in Denver not only has the nicest people working there, it’s also a novel concept for a business: an independent bookshop and wine bar in one!

If you’ve been meaning to buy a copy of The CSA Cookbook (or you want to buy another as a gift), may I suggest you support a small business in your town? In fact, all independent bookstores are able to order my book from their distributors, even if they don’t currently stock it. It’s a win on many levels!

And if you live in or near one of the areas below, I’d be deeply grateful if you supported your closest retailer. Many of them carry signed copies of my book, but if they’re out, I’m happy to send you a signed bookplate as a thank you for shopping local. (Just email me your receipt.)

All of these retailers have hosted events for my book, and I’m thankful for their support. I hope you’ll consider buying a book the old-fashioned way, and possibly discover a local business you haven’t seen before.

If you’re aware of an independent shop carrying The CSA Cookbook in your town (but is not listed), please add them in the comments so other people may find them. (And who knows… they could very likely be part of my next book tour!)

Greater Los Angeles Area
The Book Frog (signed copies)
25357 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
(424) 263-5344

Special note: The Book Frog is my local bookshop, so if you would like your book inscribed with a personal message, please let them know when you place your order.

Las Vegas
The Writer’s Block
1020 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 550-6399

Denver
BookBar
4280 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 443-2227

Austin
Métier Cook’s Supply
1805 S 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 276-2605

Asheville
Villagers
278 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 215-9569

South Central Pennsylvania
Fulton Center for Sustainable Living at Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 264-4141

Greater New York City Area
Urban Garden Center
1640 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10035
(646) 872-3991

Southeastern Massachusetts
How On Earth
62 Marion Rd.
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
(508) 758-1341

Rhode Island
cluck! urban farm supply
399 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 274-1160

Northern Vermont
Pete’s Greens Farm Market
2802 Waterbury Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
(802) 241-2400

Chicagoland
Green Home Experts
811 South Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 660-1443

Wisconsin River Valley
Arcadia Books
102 E. Jefferson St.
Spring Green, WI 53588
(608) 588-7638

Puget Sound Area
Eagle Harbor Book Co.
157 Winslow Way E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-5332

Portland
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway St.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726

Willamette Valley
Grass Roots Books and Music
227 SW 2nd St.
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 754-7668

Sonoma County
Petaluma Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 773-1336

Southern Missouri
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 65704
(417) 924-8917

Thank you for being the best supporters a first-time author could ever hope for!

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

Read previous post:
Savoy cabbage
Five Things Friday

There's a strange feeling after you step foot in a garden again after seven weeks away. All the seeds have...

Close