BRYCE GILMORE - The Odd Duck Almanac

Saturday, February 22 at 2PM

discussing & signing
The Odd Duck Almanac



Part farmer’s almanac, community zine, and cookbook, The Odd Duck Almanac is an annual publication that documents and celebrates the creativity of the immensely talented folks behind Odd Duck, Barley Swine, and Sour Duck Market restaurants. We debut this annual publishing initiative with our “Mother” issue, quite literally containing recipes and stories about yeast, fermentation, and cultivation, in the kitchen.

Inspired by the vernacular of regional farmer’s almanacs, which forecasted weather, foretold horoscopes, featured recipes, hacks, and tips, and hung on hooks in outhouses. The Odd Duck Almanac is a reflection of a time, a place, and the people that inhabit it, a printed time capsule of Central Texas foodways in the year 2020. This thoughtfully edited volume includes original recipes from the three kitchens, farmer profiles, community initiatives, and behind-the-scene insights into the food, people, and culture that drive these wildly successful restaurants.


Bryce Gilmore is the owner and executive chef of Barley Swine, Odd Duck and Sour Duck Market in Austin, TX. His journey from bussing tables to managing a restaurant has been one that has spanned over most of his life and had him migrating from Texas to San Francisco, to Colorado and back. After opening Barley Swine, his first brick and mortar in late 2009, Gilmore was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef and James Beard Foundation Award (JBFA) semifinalist for Rising Star Chef in 2011. In March 2012, Barley Swine was also named one of GQ Magazine’s Best New Restaurants. Both Odd Duck and Sour Duck Market were named Bon Appetit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Gilmore was again honored by JBFA as a semifinalist Rising Star Chef 2013 and a Best Chef Southwest finalist in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In December 2019, Gilmore released his first cookbook, The Odd Duck Almanac, published by Cattywampus Press.


Veronica Meewes is an Austin-based freelance journalist specializing in food, beverage and travel features. Her work has appeared in Forbes Travel Guide, Food & Wine, Texas Monthly, Tasting Table, GOOD, PUNCH, The Today Show, The Local Palate, Serious Eats, Austin Monthly, Texas Highways, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman and more. Follow her on Instagram @wellfedlife and visit

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm
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The Odd Duck Almanac 2020 Cover Image
By Veronica Meewes (Editor), Bryce Gilmore (Contributor), Mark David Buley (Contributor)
ISBN: 9781734062519
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cattywampus Press - December 9th, 2019

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