Cookbooks overboard? A shipwreck delays two major releases.

Have you been looking forward to making a fried bologna sandwich with crispy pickled potato chips?

Or conjure up devilish egg tostadas with salsa macha?

You may have to dive to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

There may be copies of the Turkey and the Wolf cookbook, named after the popular New Orleans restaurant, which contains such recipes. The publisher isn’t entirely sure.

The books, which should be available next month, were bound for New York on the Madrid Bridge container ship.

On January 7, the ship experienced a container collapse that caused dozens of units to plunge into the sea. according to Ocean Network Expressthe transport and shipping company that operates the ship.

“I have some wild and unfortunate cookbook news,” said Mason Hereford, author of Turkey and the Wolf and owner of the restaurant. said on Instagram earlier this weekreport the accident.

Also on the ship were about 50,000 copies of Dinner in One, a cookbook written by Melissa Clark, food writer and New York Times columnist, who said she learned about the collapse from her editor last week.

She said the strange incident felt resonant with the series of tumultuous events that had marked that era.

“I wasn’t surprised by all the things we’ve been through over the past few years,” Ms Clark said on Friday. “Of course it happened. Of course that happened to my book.”

About 60 containers went overboard and 80 were damaged during the collapse, Ocean Network Express said in a statement. The company reported no injuries or fatalities during the collapse. The containers fell while the ship coasted south of the Azores, where it was hit by a large swell caused by 22-knot winds. according to Loadstar, a news site covering the shipping industry.

Hundreds of millions of containers are transported by sea every year. While units rarely fall into the sea, such accidents can happen during severe weather and rough seas, according to the World Shipping Council, working with other industry organizations published an account of the phenomenon.

In 2014, A Danish ship lost more than 500 containers when the ship was caught in gale force winds at sea.

According to a, an average of 1,382 containers are lost at sea every year Council Report 2020.

Mr Hereford said he learned his books had been on the ship when a representative from publishing house Ten Speed ​​Press called him late last week to update him on the breakdown. He recalled that the representative began with the message that no one was killed.

“If you start with ‘No one was hurt,’ ask yourself, ‘What are you trying to say?'” Mr Hereford said on Friday.

The representative stated it was not clear whether the books fell into the sea, were in one of the damaged containers, or were safe in one of the unaffected containers.

Whatever their fate, it was unclear when the ship would be able to offload the remaining goods, Mr Hereford said. According to Ocean Network Express, the ship is currently in Charleston, SC where it is being inspected.

“I didn’t expect the book to be delayed until I finally asked, ‘Is the book coming out on time?'” said Mr. Hereford.

She replied: Absolutely not.

Mr Hereford said his book’s release date had been pushed back to June.

Ms. Clark’s book is now expected to be out in September, a delay she said she is willing to accept.

“I think it’s important to emphasize that no people were injured, only goods,” she said.

Ms Clark said she was concerned about the reaction from people who had already ordered copies of her book. But if She announced the delay on Instagrampeople responded with sympathy and jokes.

“Lucky fish,” wrote one person. “Poor the rest of us.”

Mr. Hereford poked fun at the mishap and posted several memes on Instagram. One of them, a play based on the movie Titanic, showed actress Kate Winslet floating on a door in freezing water. But instead of Leonardo DiCaprio clinging desperately to the door like he does in the film, it was a copy of Mr. Hereford’s book.

Mr. Hereford said he spent all Saturday night dreaming up memes.

“I was up until 2 a.m. and had the time of my life,” Mr. Hereford said. It’s easy to find humor in a situation that would have felt disastrous before the pandemic, he said.

“The world is just one crisis after another,” said Mr. Hereford. “If one of the crises is ‘hey, let’s postpone the book,’ it seems pretty low on the list of major problems the world is going through.”

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