At the start of 2020 my touring schedule had me home for only three weeks out of the year. I got back to Salt Lake City March 2nd from the Korn and Breaking Benjamin tour and within a week realized the world I knew was put on hold with no idea of when it would start back up. With COVID-19 on the rise I was quarantined in my apartment from March until the middle of May. This gave me time to cook and drink and cook and drink and cook and drink. (You get what I mean.) I bombarded social media with the food I was throwing together and found a few people asking for the recipes. Then I posted about vegan fried chicken that I made and even my non-vegan friends were hitting me up for the recipe. I started taking the meals that I grew up on and recreating them. Vegan-ribs, steak, chicken, and sushi were now on my plate, and tasted amazing.
By the end of May the interest for my recipes had increased and the idea of taking this adventure to a new level was getting exciting. Throughout June, July, and August I was designing the cookbook that combines my love of bourbon and my love of food altogether. In September 2020, the book titled "Bourbon and Plants" was off to the printer and scheduled to be released to the public in late November of 2020.
After a week at the printer, and looking at the final lay out with fresh eyes, I decided the first version was pure shit. Every recipe took hours (some of them days) to prep and prepare. I thought who has time for this. So I redesigned the cookbook and was still hoping for the November release. The printer couldn't hit the deadline since I pulled it for the redesign. At this time we just bought Clementine Ranch and all hell brook loose in our lives so we picked a new release date that we thought would be perfect. June 19th, 2021 because my grandmothers birthday and that would give enough time with the new design and production. Well, that plan didn't work out at all. The ranch had consumed our time and every time I sat down to finish it the creativity wasn't there. It just wasn't clicking. The new release date was fast approaching and the book just wasn't were I wanted it. I made the decision to not release the current version and get it the way it needed to be. Yes I started calling the project The Chinese Democracy in my mind. I was wondering if I'd ever break through to the other side.
I now find myself in March of 2022 putting the last of the finishing touches on the book. I am so stoked on how it is coming together now. It is a 232 page - hard cover - with ribbon 8.5" x 11" cookbook with quick and easy vegan recipes that make sense and taste delicious! I have a few more weeks of the design part and a two more recipes to fine tune for it. Once that is done we will get a solid release date after it goes to production. I have an idea on the date, but not saying shit publicly until it is solid.
As for everyone who has pre ordered the book, and those who will pre order before the release date, We are going to reward all of you for your patience and support of the book. I'll be sending out an email with the details to everyone once they are all in place. I am excited to make this project a reality and looking forward to what is planned for the future.
Remember to eat what makes you feel good, and always drink what makes you dream!
All the best,