Hetty McKinnon's Brooklyn bookstore salad bike tour

A new kind of author tour! Neighborhood author Hetty McKinnon delivered salads to bookstore staff by bike to celebrate the launch of her new cookbook

Hetty McKinnon is a good neighbor to have. The Australian-born entrepreneur and salad-maker founded Arthur Street Kitchen, a business in Sydney where she would deliver her delicious salads to people in her community by bike.

“Twice a week, I would dream up hearty, delicious, vegetable-packed salads, pack them onto the back of my bicycle and cycle them around my neighborhood, delivering lunch to locals,” she explains.

“Soon, the local salad-eaters became an intrinsic part of my community. The exchange of the salad box was accompanied by lively conversation, exuberant laughter and a constantly evolving hunting and gathering of stories and histories. The salads came to represent the joyful connection that is felt when cooking and sharing food with others.”

Today, Hetty lives in Brooklyn and her bestselling cookbook Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad is about to be published this week in the United States. To celebrate, Hetty delivered salads for lunch to the staff of her local bookstores—a new kind of author tour!

First up was Greenlight Books, which is the closest bookstore to Neighborhood Studio, the new test kitchen, photo studio, and communal cooking, dining and event space that Hetty has created with Jodi Moreno near Atlantic Terminal.

Next, Hetty stopped by Books Are Magic, the new and wonderful bookstore in Cobble Hill, where she'll be having her book launch event in conversation with Susan Spungen, founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living. Books Are Magic co-owner Michael Fusco-Straub greeted Hetty at the door and she met other staff who were happy to receive a salad lunch!

Hetty's final stop was PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO where she visited the new location under the Brooklyn Bridge and delivered her salads to the four booksellers working that particular shift.

A successful day of salad deliveries!