Stephen Bernhard

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
When I was contemplating what I wanted the cover to be, I came to the conclusion that I wanted something that not only reflected the gist of the book, but was also demonstrated some sort of contrast. I have always liked to see and hear contrasts. As a musician, I used this technique all the time. So, I decided to use it in this piece of visual art, as well.

With the importance and prominence of salt in the book, I had decided that I wanted to incorporate it into the cover. What I couldn't think of was how. It struck me that the notion of keeping it simple was probably the best approach. I'm not a graphics designer by any stretch, so I basically didn't have much of a choice in the simplicity of it as I was the only one working on the project. So, I decided that I would contrast some spilled salt on a dark background. This was super simple, and I thought that it actually made for a nice and elegant cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading is mainly limited to articles of current events, science, and food. I must confess that I haven't read a book from cover to cover in many years.
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The Concise Beginner's Guide to Curing Foods
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,190. Language: American English. Published: September 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / Barbecue & Grilling, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Canning and preserving
The concise Beginner's Guide to Curing Foods isn't a cookbook. Instead, it is a concise guide to help you learn the basic principles of brining, curing, smoking, and the importance of salt in food preservation and preparation. Topics include food safety, tips and tricks, equipment and supplies to use, and more. Also included are four recipes with step-by-step directions to demonstrate your skills.

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