A Shipping Collapse Has Delayed Two of This Year’s Most Anticipated Cookbooks

published Feb 1, 2022
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If you’re hoping to make more restaurant-inspired sandwiches or delicious one-pan meals this year, you might have to wait longer than planned for some cookbook inspo. The release of two highly anticipated cookbooks by Mason Hereford — owner of the New Orleans restaurant Turkey & the Wolf — and Melissa Clark, a New York Times columnist, has been delayed by months after a shipping container holding them collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Hereford’s cookbook, titled Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans was originally scheduled to release February 15, 2022, but will now release in June due to the incident. Clark’s book, however — which is titled Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals — was set to debut on March 22, and now it’s scheduled to release in September of this year.

According to reports by Eater, the ship holding copies of the two cookbooks was headed to the U.S. from Taiwan. A supply-chain publication called The Loadstar reported the vessel had encountered a period of “heavy weather” near Portugal, which caused 60 containers to fall overboard. 

Both authors have taken the delay in stride, posting about the delays on Instagram. “The good news is that there were no critical injuries, as can happen in these situations,” Hereford wrote in a post last week. “But the bad news is the books might be in a cargo container at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.” 

Clark posted a picture of a sea creature eating a copy of her cookbook (complete with a trident). “I like to think that if the books are at the bottom of the ocean, they’re teaching whole schools of fish some very tasty recipes,” she told her followers after sharing the news.” 

If you need some inspiration while you wait for the cookbooks to come out, we’ve got you covered. We’re big fans of this savory patty melt, if sandwiches are your thing, and if you’re hankering for a delicious one-sheet meal, check out this roundup for 12 mouthwatering ideas.