I can officially break the news! A project that Ensley F. Guffey and I have been working on for some time now is going to happen and we both couldn't be more excited! Breaking Bad, the AMC show that has been an Emmy darling since it began airing a few years ago, is a show that both of us enjoy watching (well, "enjoy" is probably not quite the right word) and we have both been blown away by the show's quality and willingness to explore some very dark material. I won't spoil here - much - but Breaking Bad can be summed up this way: A good man finds himself in desperate straits and is pushed to the edge by his circumstances. He then discovers that he likes the edge, even without the desperate straits. It's too simple a summary, but it's a start.
We had been kicking around the idea of co-authoring a project, but hadn't settled on a particular idea until we realized the Breaking Bad was an uncharted country. It's wildly successful critically and its viewership is both loyal and building. The show is also, undeniably, a fine example of Quality TV. So we talked and we wrote and we called and we tweaked (not that way - did I mention the show has meth-making as a central plot point?) and I am proud to report that we are now under contract with ECW Press to deliver the manuscript of Wanna Cook? The Unofficial Guide to Breaking Bad. The fourth season wrapped up a few months ago (short seasons, not the full 22-episode order that's business-as-usual for network TV) and it contained a finale that truly hit the "reset" button. Air dates for Season 5 (which showrunner Vince Gilligan has indicated will be the final season) aren't set quite yet, but the idea is that we'll submit the manuscript for Seasons 1 - 4 in June and Season 5 late next fall after that season has aired. Publication will probably happen early next year. We're going WAY beyond a simple episode recap - you can find those easily without our help. We'll include information on material as diverse as:
- What does it mean to "break bad"?
- Just how does the DEA operate?
- What exactly is meth and why is it so dangerous to make?
- Legal ethics
- Recipes (but not for meth!)
Writing a book is a lengthy project and I anticipate many twists and turns along the way. You can follow our progress here and over on Ensley's blog, as well as on Twitter - use #wannacook.
See you in the RV!