Beth Bee Books evolved from books I threw
together for my own use and gifts to friends since the late 1990s.
I found that a lot of people seemed to like the design and
aesthetic of my books, so I slowly moved toward making a number that I
The blank recipe
journal book and the addressbooks are very much hand assembled and
available only in moderate quantities. I do plan to work with printers
get more components pre-cut and die-cut so I can get more of 'em out
there for people to give as gifts and enjoy!
was first published in 2002 and has had a number of new recipes and
some editing changes since that time. For several years the
book was published more like a 'zine: 50 at a time with a lot of hand
assembly including sticker-sticking for the tabs, hole-punching,
cover-cutting out, stamping, and coallating. About 250 books were
produced in this way from 2002-2006.
worked for a while, but I got tired of
making the books in my ridiculously labor-intensive way knowing that
print shops have equipment and production methods that are much more
efficient. The book still requires a lot more hand work than is
conventional for printing in the US, especially in a short-run
printing, but I wanted to keep the design I'd already established and
keep the production in North America. It took a while to figure out how
to do this and still keep the retail price reasonable—through
research I found that almost all books with handwork details, dividers,
etc. are being produced in Asia. Most printers I contacted in the US
wouldn't even work up a quote for my project! At long last I
found printers and a bindery in Portland to work with me to
the book in in an initial run of 500 and
established Beth Bee Books as an official publisher. I went ahead later
with a second run of 500 of the same edition for 1000 total made of the
the past few years, the popularity of the Blank Recipe Book has really
grown. Christmas/holiday sales keep growing, and I continue to enjoy
the chance to sell the books directly to my customers through etsy.com!
I have new cover ideas in the works that I will be adding to the shop,
once I get my studio remodeled!
2011, the opportunity presented itself to work on a new edition of Rabbit Food Cookbook
a publishing house located in Seattle, Washington. I love the handmade
look of the 5th edition, but my ability to make many copies and
distribute them effectively has been very limited. I decided to go
ahead and put Rabbit
Sasquatch's hands and let them take it further than I have taken it.
The new edition looks similar to my handmade 5th edition, but not
identical. It has some exciting new recipes and updated resources!
Since it isn't going to be handmade, I won't be able to sell it in my
etsy.com shop, but you can look for it starting in October, 2011 in all