Recipe Thursdays from Peter Pauper: Apple Martini

Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensously on top of one another. 

—Somerset Maugham

Apple-picking season is here . . . and the temptation to post an apple pie recipe was strong but I resisted! Try this chic variation on the classic martini from our Little Black Book of Cocktails . . . and chill!

Apple Martini
Makes 1 serving

• 1-1/2 oz. vodka (regular or apple flavored)
• 1/2 oz. apple liqueur
• Splash of lemon juice
• 1 martini glass
* All ingredients should be cold — bitterly cold. If at all convenient, store both the alcohol and glasses in the freezer.

1. Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
2. Garnish with an apple slice or apple candy.

Graphic Arts Books Acquires Pruett Publishing

Great news for Graphic Arts and Pruett. Unfortunate for us to not have the pleasure of working with Jim’s books anymore. Best of luck!!!


Graphic Arts Books announced that on September 5, 2012, it acquired the trade titles and publishing rights of Pruett Publishing Company of Boulder, Colorado, to build and expand its imprint, WestWinds Press®.

“The Pruett list gives us a well-established and respected presence in the Colorado and Rocky Mountain region of the West,” said Douglas Pfeiffer, Publishing Director at Graphic Arts Books. “Through this acquisition, we continue to fulfill the mission of WestWinds Press® to be a strong regional publisher throughout all parts of the United States.”

Pruett Publishing has published editions of the award-winning books by Harry Middleton, John Gierach, and Merrill Gilfillan. In 1989 Merrill Gilfillan’s Magpie Rising won the PEN Martha Albrand Award for a first book of nonfiction. Harry Middleton’s The Earth is Enough has received national acclaim and has become one of the company’s best-selling books.

Many Pruett titles have remained in print including A Colorado History, published in August of 2006 on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the book’s initial publication. The forthcoming edition of Tucson Hiking Guide remains another strong backlist title. One of the best-selling Pruett titles is Tomboy Bride by Harriett Backus.

Fred Pruett, a former professor of journalism at the University of Colorado, founded Pruett Publishing Company in 1954, and in 1982, his son, Jim Pruett, went to work with his father, eventually taking over the ownership and operation of the publishing house. Pruett published hundreds of western regional titles of which over fifty are still in print today.

Jim Pruett said, “My wife, Mary, and I are retiring from publishing, but we want the legacy of Pruett’s titles and authors to live on. Graphic Arts Books is a great fit for Pruett Publishing. They will publish the books we have recently contracted, and any titles needing reprinting will be done quickly. I am very pleased with this decision to sell the trade titles to them.”

To honor the distinguished brand and name of Pruett Publishing, Graphic Arts Books will add “The Pruett Series” to each title as it reprints or reissues these titles as both print and e-books. Pfeiffer said, “Jim and I have known each other for a long time, and keeping the Pruett name associated with these titles was an important decision we made together.”

Graphic Arts Books is distributed to the trade by Ingram Publisher Services. New and backlist Pruett titles will be featured at the Mountains and Plains 2012 trade show in September.

Graphic Arts Books traces its roots back more than fifty years. As a commercial offset printing company in Portland, Oregon, it started publishing photographic coffee-table books on states and regions to promote its high quality full-color printing.

I Am Eskimo, the first title published by the imprint Alaska Northwest Books® in 1959, is still in print today. Traditionally focused on nonfiction titles about Alaska, photo-essay books, travel guides, and children’s books, Graphic Arts expanded its focus to cover other regions of the country with the launch of WestWinds Press®. With more than 200 titles in print and new titles releasing each season, Graphic Arts offers hardcovers, paperbacks, and e-books on subjects to suit every reading taste.

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