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This is a book about my journey throughout the 50 states, doing kamayan pop-up dinners, with recipes and anecdotes from each state.
This is a book about my journey throughout the 50 states, doing kamayan pop-up dinners, with recipes and anecdotes from each state.
639 backers pledged $44,925 to help bring this project to life.

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Why? Love and passion. Love for my Filipino culture, heritage and its preservation through food. Passion to share it with new people.

kamayan table
kamayan table

This book is not just a cookbook...

...it's not just a memoir and not just a travelogue.

No Forks Given is a compilation of stories of my journey and the people I've met during my 50-state tour project to bring Filipino food to America in a span of a 52 weeks.

The tour taught me a lot about letting go, resilience, faith and trust.

It restored my faith in the goodness in people. I know without their support and the leap of faith they took in me as well, the project wouldn't get done.

A mockup of the book
A mockup of the book

The kamayan table brings everyone together

This book is all about the community who supported me and have contributed their own thread into this tapestry. It's an homage to the good samaritans who've been kind and generous to me and now I consider my family in America.

my pop-up dinners
my pop-up dinners

Our team is made up of Filipino artists & creatives from across the US

I've made the book community-driven with the book team's majority of Filipino heritage:

  • Paper Tongue Productions by two sisters: Irene and Lisa Yadao and Michelle Sampior (and rounded out by Krystle Cansino and Diana Park), who are creatives at heart and have poured a lot of time and energy in helping me create the video of the what's and why's of this project.
  • My book designer is Nicole Bonsol who is based in Oakland, CA and is an overall creative from graphic and web design to song-writing. 
  • My featured Illustrator/artists are Anthony Manal Castro and Malaka Gharib. Anthony Castro is New York based artist known for mixed media and line work and has designed the American map artwork for the project (his art will be on the tote bag). An exploded view of the map of each state will be illustrated in each chapter in the book, castro-style. Malaka Gharib is Filipina-Egyptian editor and illustrator based in Washington, DC. Her work features exploring her multi-cultural heritage with illustrations. Each recipe in each chapter will showcase her illustrations. 
  • The photographer is Celeste Noche, who's based in Portland Oregon. Celeste is not only a photographer but as writer as well. Her scope of work will focus on the dinners, the people and the behind-the-scenes shots, whether it was prepping for the dinner or going to the market. 
  • Lastly, the book will be printed in the US, supporting a small and local printing press. 
ube bibingka
ube bibingka

Community-created & community-funded!

Your contribution will help fund the completion of the book, but will also pave the way for a new format of storytelling while preserving culture and heritage. And guess what?! you're going to be part of it! 

This book is as much yours as it is mine. This is ours <3 

Maraming salamat! (many thank you’s) 

P.S. If I raise more than my intended funding goal, I hope to add more value by including more photos and and epilogue of what happened after the 50 states. *crossing fingers*

the perfect farmer's market buddy!
the perfect farmer's market buddy!

 

color it, then eat it!
color it, then eat it!

 

yours, to have and to hold. forever.
yours, to have and to hold. forever.

 

Risks and challenges

The risk and challenges that come with the project are:
1. shifting of timelines for production.
- I understand that we will all be working hard to get this in production and ready for shipment by February, however, there might be some unforeseen circumstances that might delay us. Since the book team is from different parts of the US and will also have outstanding projects and jobs, there might be a possibility of delays and shifts in the timeline.
2. not enough funding.
- if we don't get enough funding, it may mean that this project will not be able to push through, and if it does, it will be at a smaller run or compromised quality.

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    50-state tote

    a custom print tote with the iconic 50-states, 50 feasts artwork by Anthony Castro.

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    Ebook + Little Filipino Coloring Book

    A PDF version of the book + The Little Filipino Coloring Book by Malaka Gharib

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    1:1 Virtual Cooking class

    A 1.5 hour session with me via google hangout/skype where i'll be teaching you how to make one of the recipes in my book :)

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    Dinner + Books

    A private 3-course dinner for 4 in either SF/LA/NY, featuring recipes from the book as well as copies of the book to each diner. Airfare not included and will require to schedule date and time.

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    Be my traveling sous chef!

    spend a weekend with me and see how it is to be in the shoes of a traveling pop-up chef. Be part of the menu planning, ingredient sourcing and be in the heart of the dinner service. You'll be part from start to finish (including rolling up the banana leaves after the meal :D) Airfare not included.

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