After sinking in the ocean, 2 long-awaited cookbooks face publication delays

Copies of the upcoming “Turkey and the Wolf,” named after the famous New Orleans restaurant by chef and owner Mason Hereford, and “Dinner in One” by popular cookbook author Melissa Clark – all two hailed as some of the most anticipated culinary titles of the year – were loaded onto shipping containers that sank in the Atlantic during a storm that trapped a ship carrying goods from Europe to the coast East.

Photo: Ten Speed ​​Press / Clarkson-Potter

It may be 2022, and we’re looking forward to cookbooks on hot topics, like a modern take on Southern cooking and simple one-pot meals. But at least some of the tomes we’re hoping for won’t arrive as expected for a reason that sounds like something out of a Victorian novel: they were lost at sea.

Copies of the upcoming “Turkey and the Wolf,” named after the famous New Orleans restaurant by chef and owner Mason Hereford, and “Dinner in One” by popular cookbook author Melissa Clark – all two hailed as some of the most anticipated culinary titles of the year – were loaded onto shipping containers that sank in the Atlantic during a storm that trapped a ship carrying goods from Europe to the coast East.

Hereford posted the news on his Instagram page, noting he was relieved no one was injured in the incident and calling it “possibly the most hilarious thing of 2022 so far this year”.

He referred to news reports about the ship, which was transporting goods from China along a route from Europe across the Atlantic. The container ship reportedly encountered a storm on January 6 while idling near the Azores island chain, located west of Portugal. A number of containers were damaged and 65 were “lost overboard”, according to the Post and Courier of Charleston, where the ship eventually docked for repairs.

The release date for “Turkey and the Wolf,” written with cookbook author JJ Goode, has been moved from February to June, Hereford wrote. Clark’s book will be released in September, she wrote in an Instagram post. “I like to think that if the books are at the bottom of the ocean, they teach whole schools of fish very tasty recipes,” wrote Clark, who also writes about food for The New York Times. “Poseidon and his Nereids dine in style.”

Hereford’s publisher, Ten Speed ​​Press, and Clark’s publisher, Clarkson-Potter, are both owned by Penguin Random House, and a company representative declined to comment.

Although the incident seems bizarre, it is not unheard of. According to Bloomberg News, the shipping industry has reported an increase in containers lost overboard in recent years, citing larger ships that can hold more cargo stacked higher, unpredictable weather and increased demand.

The books weren’t the only goods in the containers that were damaged or lost in the ocean; according to the Post and Courier, they contained no hazardous materials and most appear to contain “light loads, such as clothing”.