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Rabbit Food Cookbook


Rabbit Food Cookbook was first published in 2002. In high school and college, I had published a few zines, and the cookbook was initially produced like a, photocopied hand-cover zine. From 2002 to 2006 I continued to produce the books in this way, creating about fifty 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.

The 2007 edition required 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 my 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 small, specialized project! At long last I found printers and a bindery in Portland to work with and in 2007 I produced a new edition of the book in in an initial run of 500 and established Beth Bee Books as an official publisher. In 2008 I printed a second set of 500 of the same edition for 1000 total copies made of the 5th edition. 

Rabbit Food Cookbook - handmade limited edition
size: 4.5" x 5.5" x 0.75", 190 pgs. 5th Edition (Revised) 2007 by Beth A. Barnett
ISBN:  978-0-9797014-0-5

Cookbook with 82 strict vegetarian/vegan recipes and additional resources relating to food history and a healthy vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

Over 250 pen & ink and block print illustrations, hand silkscreened covers, wire-o lay-flat binding, and six very cute die-cut cardstock divider tab pages for easy access to the recipe sections.

Published and printed in the USA / Portland, Oregon! This handmade edition is out of print. A few rare copies are available. You may find a listing for this book in my shop on www.etsy.com.

In 2011, the opportunity presented itself to work on a new edition of Rabbit Food Cookbook with Sasquatch Books, 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 limited. I decided to go ahead and put Rabbit Food in Sasquatch's hands. Five thousand copies were produced. The Sasquatch edition has several new recipes and some updated content from 2007, but in the end a number of the special details of the earlier book design I had hoped would remain were cut for cost.

The 2011 editioncomes in a little bit bigger size than the earlier Beth Bee books versions. The content was newly revised and re-worked in 2011, with 12 new recipes, new resources for cooking dry beans and grains, some extras in the food history timeline, and other odds and ends.

Rabbit Food Cookbook - 2011 Sasquatch Books Edition
size: 5.5" x 7.5" x 0.75", 224 pgs. Sasquatch Books edition, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-57061-811-6

Cookbook with 94 strict vegetarian/vegan recipes and additional resources relating to food history and a healthy vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

Over 250 pen & ink and block print illustrations, helpful wire-o lay-flat binding, and section divider pages with a helpful black ink "bleed" along the side to help you find your way between the recipe sections.

Although still available from some bookstores, this book is officially out of print as of summer, 2017. 

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