Blue Bicycle Welcomes John Besh

beshFor food lovers worried they won’t get their fill of John Besh when he signs books at Blue Bicycle next week — and just in time for Christmas — the New Orleans chef recently launched the Besh Box.

The subscription plan features a monthly shipment of kitchen tools, ingredients and recipes; the first edition includes pecans, vanilla beans, a pastry cutter, a dough scraper, dishtowel and Christmas ornament, among other Yuletide treats. Buyers can sign up for one, three, six or a full twelve installments for $660, which includes a copy of Besh’s latest cookbook.

“I thought it would be an insight, something really interesting to share who we are and what we do, with the world,” Besh told the Times-Picayune’s Judy Walker.

Subscription boxes are enjoying something of a renaissance this holiday season: Garden & Gun this weekend hawked its monthly gift-giving service at Jubilee.

According to the Times-Picayune story, Besh’s crew designed the Besh Box to enhance kitchen  pantries: The dishtowel made the box because Besh wanted to make the point that professional chefs don’t use mitten-shaped pot holders.

Besh will sign copies of Cooking From the Heart, his third book, on Dec. 17 at Blue Bicycle Books. The signing runs from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. A publicist says he’s not planning on participating in any additional events while in town.

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