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Turntable Kitchen's 'Cookbook in a Box'

How do I begin? When we first started the Pairings Box, I never imagined that 2+ years later, we would still be going strong. Optimistic much? Before I ever had this site, or even knew how to cook, I dreamed that one day I would write a book.

My dreams started in front of my great-grandfather’s typewriter, in my parents’ Moscow apartment. I’ve tried writing books a number of times in my life. In the fifth grade, I spent hours at the local library, researching the Great Barrier Reef, hoping to pen a Jules Verne-style tome about ocean exploration. There would be drama and suspense (think: Aliens and Jurassic Park). What little I knew about writing a book, I took to heart: a good book required research. About twenty-some pages into my book — and fifty-some more of notes and photocopies, I focused my attention on other things: boys, beach, makeup.

Turntable Kitchen's 'Cookbook in a Box'

My first year living in San Francisco, I spent many hours at the Canvas Cafe, which sadly, shut down a few years ago. I was on to my next book. The thing about writing that every writer will tell you is: writing is hard. It takes dedication and commitment. Most of us writers question our writing at every step. We are impossible perfectionists. From talking to friends who’ve published books, I questioned whether I could possibly stay sane, writing a book.


Turntable Kitchen's 'Cookbook in a Box'

Life continued at full force and while I never gave up on that dream to one day write a book, I allowed myself to let it go, a little. I reminded myself that the accomplishment of writing a book is less about saying “I wrote a book” and more about feeling that you’ve written something you’ve waited — sometimes all your life — to write.

Turntable Kitchen's 'Cookbook in a Box'

So, I have not written (or am writing) a book — in the traditional sense. But, much like with the Pairings Box itself, one day I realized that, in fact, I had created over 80 original recipes. I tested, styled, and photographed them, edited them endlessly, and, outside of the Pairings Box, never shared them in a complete package. The process of writing my first ‘cookbook’ happened organically.

Turntable Kitchen's 'Cookbook in a Box'

Turntable Kitchen’s Cookbook in a Box

So what am I here to tell you about? A product I’ve been dreaming about for, maybe my entire life? The Turntable Kitchen Cookbook in a Box. A handmade, heirloom cherrywood recipe box (with dovetail joints and Whisk + Headphones engraving, no less), along with over 80 original Pairings Box recipes, including some from guest contributors Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, Jenny and Teri Lyn from Spoon Fork Bacon, and Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt. The ‘cookbook’ also includes a cherrywood ‘favorites’ divider to help you organize your recipes.

Get it here.

If you’re a Pairings Box subscriber, you’ll find that there’s plenty of room to add new recipes to your collection — the benefit of a Cookbook in a Box vs. the standard cookbook.

The Cookbook in a Box is two products in one: a beautiful, handmade heirloom recipe box and a cookbook-sized collection of original recipes. We take great care to create a range of recipes every month for the range of cooks out there. Our hope is to inspire anyone to cook at home and we offer approachable instructions and a reasonable ingredient list. Of course, to get the complete Turntable Kitchen experience, you might consider subscribing to the Pairings Box: every month, you’ll expand your recipe collection to include three new recipes, and the Premium Ingredient of the month needed to help you create them (in addition to an exclusive 7″ and mixtape).

I am so thrilled to be able to share this product with you, which I feel I’ve poured my heart and soul into over the last several years.

P.S. You’ll notice that the intro card inside the Cookbook in a Box gives a little sneak peek into our new design. For the last several months, we’ve been working hard on the site’s redesign, and we’re so, so excited to share it with you soon. Stay tuned…

Posted by Kasey

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • cheekychilli

    Congratulations on how beautifully this has come together! This is such a beautiful idea for a gift for someone too.

  • Nicole

    Beautiful, Kasey! This would make a wonderful wedding gift, I think! I always love your approachable recipes and I’m sure this box is full of good stuff!

  • Catherine McCord

    Wow! These are gorgeous and what an amazing idea!!

  • Heather Christo

    this is SO COOL!!! what a wonderful gift this would be!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you so much Sharmila!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, Nicole! I really appreciate your friendship and endless support over the years! xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, beautiful!! xoxo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, lovely!! I really appreciate the support! xo

  • scott

    Very very nice.

    My ask: I would pay to have access to a template/service that I could upload a recipe & picture and you print it and ship it to me. Charge me by the recipe or a monthly unlimited subscription, either way works. Give me a cut and I’ll let you give it to everyone else. ;-)

  • http://londonbakes.blogspot.com Kathryn

    This is such a brilliant idea; the box looks like a work of art in itself and I know that absolutely every recipe will be perfectly conceived and beautifully illustrated. Congratulations guys on all your hard work!

  • Jenn

    I would really, really love a box made sell to people who have been receiving the pairings boxes. I have a ton of the recipes but no pretty place to put them.

  • Karen Prowse Clysdale

    Are any links to downloadable music included in the Cookbook in a Box?

  • http://www.southernsouffle.com/ Erika

    Love this so much..such a wonderful idea.
    Congratulations to you guys!

  • Ashley

    It’s brilliant. Congratulations on your incredible book.

  • megan

    I was hoping a gorgeous recipe box was in the works and here it is! Looks awesome! Any plans for a turntable record box?

  • http://www.heartbeetkitchen.com/ Amanda Paa

    This is great, love the idea! Having recipes on cards/papers is always more sentimental to me.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Hi Scott – seems like you’ve got a new business idea on your hands :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you so much, Kathryn – for your friendship and ongoing support of TK! x

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Hi Jenn – send me an email: kasey@turntablekitchen.com

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Hi Karen – no links to downloadable music in the Cookbook in a Box but something we’ll definitely consider in the future!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks so much, Erika!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, Ashley!!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Hi Megan – maybe! Who knows!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    We agree and are so excited to share :) Thanks, Amanda!

  • Anjela Freyja

    Looks great! Congratulations!

  • Grace

    Congratulations! Love the box idea, so great!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, Anjela!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you so much, Grace!

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  • Melissa

    LOVE! Big congrats Matt + Kasey!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks so much, Melissa!

  • Sarah Copeland

    Amazing Kasey + Matt! I love how you two turn every vision into a reality. So excited for you guys and cheering you on all the way!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, Sarah! That means so much coming from you! xxx

  • Kate Ramos

    I’m so behind with this but CONGRATULATIONS! This is so incredible and exciting!

  • Melina

    Congratulations, that’s awesome!

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