This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness

"One of the best books of 2017" (NPR's "On Point")

This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness

Recipes from Hell's Backbone Grill

Blake Spalding, Jennifer Castle, and Lavinia Spalding

This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness

Announcing the new cookbook from Hell's Backbone Grill, now available!

This Immeasurable Place, which I co-wrote with my sister Blake Spalding and my soul-sister Jen Castle, is the long-awaited second cookbook from Hell's Backbone Grill and Farm in Boulder, Utah. It continues the inspiring story of how two women—chef-co-owners Spalding and Castle—started their award-winning, Buddhist-based, farm-to-table organic restaurant in a remote, tiny, traditionally Mormon town on the edge of the magnificent, now-threatened Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Filled with seventy-some new recipes, gorgeous images by world-famous photographer Ace Kvale, and stories of the restaurant, organic farm, and town, This Immeasurable Place is much more than a cookbook. It's a food-justice primer, a guide to eating consciously, and a meditation on connecting community to land and table.

Published in late November, This Immeasurable Place was named one of the best books of 2017 on NPR's On Point and immediately sold through its first print run—and now it’s available again!

Here's what people are saying about it.

“The wisdom found in the pages of this beautiful and surprising book is immeasurable. It’s wisdom from the edge, from one of the most glorious hidden kitchens there is.... Land, food, family, stewardship, and spirit all course through these tempting, gorgeous pages. A book that feeds us on so many levels.” -- Davia Nelson, NPR’s Kitchen Sisters

"... Filled with remarkable recipes and essays, it breathed life back into my radical, sometimes flagging hope for humanity, and is as inspiring as it is mouthwatering. We need this book now more than ever.” -- Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast

“Blake Spalding and Jen Castle pioneered farm-to-table cooking, creating the Rocky Mountain West’s first women-chef-owned restaurant with full-scale farm. The authors lay out the seasons of the restaurant with humor, gentleness, and joy, but underpin it with their steely, unflinching resolve. Buy this as a cookbook and a keepsake of the truly immeasurable spirit of this community and the land.” -- Cheryl Alters Jamison, four-time James Beard award winner

"Blake Spalding and Jen Castle are alchemists, truly changing the world through their hands, their hearts, their farm, their food. In community, everything is possible.Theirs is a leadership of love." -- Terry Tempest Williams

"As this book shows, horizon and history can’t be separated from the majesty of what we grow and prepare. Among hallowed lands, creators Jen Castle and Blake Spalding channel a culinary spirituality, and through these beautiful pages, the warmth and love abiding at Hell’s Backbone Grill." -- Jacki Lyden, former NPR host

"Written in the shadow of the magnificent, now-threatened Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this book tells of the sanctity of place and the sustenance provided in the tiny, traditionally Mormon town of Boulder, Utah, by Buddhist-principled chef-restaurateurs Blake Spalding and Jen Castle at their award-winning Hell's Backbone Grill. Filled with remarkable recipes and essays, it breathed life back into my radical, sometimes flagging hope for humanity, and is as inspiring as it is mouthwatering. We need this book now more than ever.” ”

-- Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man's Feast

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