Mike Myers has been quoted as saying “There is no one more Canadian than a Canadian who no longer lives in Canada”.
In my experience - 10 years of living away - that quote is not only true in the general sense, it’s especially true when is comes to Canadian foods.
Canadian expats may be divided by politics, geography, or even regional culture ... But post a photo of a hideous “poutine” you found in an American restaurant to a Canadian Expat group, and you will find 100% agreement that it’s an abomination.
Post about buttertarts, or peameal bacon, and you’re guaranteed a long, wistful discussion about the many foods we miss from the motherland. Sure, some may be anti-raisin weirdos (I kid!) when it comes to buttertarts, but - in general - Canadian food is the great equalizer, a very popular topic of discussion, and a bonding experience.
When it comes to Canadian cookbooks, there are many out there. There are books about specific regions, there are books that encompass most/all regions. There are books that focus on specific ingredients, books that tell stories, and more. There are many, many buttertart recipes out there, and even more recipes for making tourtiere.
... but there are no books that focus on Canadians that are not living in Canada... and there are around 3 million of us!
I want to write a book for us.
For those of us who not only crave our Tourtiere and buttertarts, but would give anything to do shots of Chalet Sauce again.
For those of us who die a little inside when we see what is sold as “Canadian Bacon” - anemic little rounds of ham, not the robust deliciousness of the back bacon we once knew.
For those of us who have given up on ordering “poutine” abroad, knowing full well that there’s a chance that whatever ends up being presented will end up with a fried egg - or some other nonsense - on top.
For those of us who have caved to craving and paid $3-4+ for a Wunderbar, shipped from Amazon.
For those of us who have tried to explain to friends that Sweet and Sour sauce is NOT the same as what we were used to back home.
Of course, there will be recipes for buttertarts, tourtiere, poutine, Nanaimo Bars, and more... but there will also be recipes for many of the standard sauces, condiments, and snack foods that Canadians typically buy off the shelf - never having a need to make them from scratch.
My “Big Autistic Superpower” - being able to replicate food by taste - has never been put to use as frequently as it has since I found myself detached from my favourite Canadian foods.
Honey garlic sauce, peameal bacon, Tiger Tail ice cream - Canadian food recipes have been some of the most popular on my food blog, as there are many expats craving the same items we all do. As such, I think it’s about time to put that “superpower” to use, on a grander scale!
You don't have to be a Canadian expat to enjoy this book, by the way. Homemade versions of Canadian favourites are great for people who are looking for less additives in their food, who are gluten-free (there will be great GF versions included!), who aren't Canadian but are looking to expand their culinary horizons, and who love a Canadian expat and want to surprise them with FOOD. (Or a book!)
Recipes will be easy to make, with simple, straightforward instructions, and measurements will be provided in both US and metric units. This cookbook will include at least 50 recipes, and feature gorgeous full colour photography for each recipe. . More recipes may be available as stretch goals, though :)
If funded, we are aiming for an official release date in early November, 2017, with an EARLY shipping date for Kickstarter backers in early October, 2017. Backers will also be receiving their copies at approximately 15-20% off the anticipated cover price.
The book will be distributed through Ingram, and will be available through all major online booksellers.
* "More Than Poutine", as a title, may end up changing. I am absolutely open to suggestions!
What People Have Been Saying About My Previous Cookbooks:
“I absolutely adore Marie's writing style. Something about Marie's writing style encourages me to experiment with the recipes (gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, vegetarians are... challenging), usually with success. Also the recipes in this book are amazing, "Toaster Pastries" anyone? If you are gluten free, buy this book, if you know/love someone who is gluten free, gift them with this book, if you like to bake and experiment, buy this book because seriously, home made pop-tarts, who doesn't love that?” - Amazon Customer
"I just got your update on the second book! I'm so incredibly excited! The first one has been a source of life, love, tears, and emotional eating over the past couple years. THANK YOU! I will definitely be backing that next kickstarter campaign right away." - T.W. Turner
"I really like the personal comments you put with the recipes. Makes me feel kind of like we met somewhere and started talking recipes :oD. I'll leave a review on Amazon after we try a few - THANK YOU!" - C. Burch
"Flipping through the book I saw a recipe for toaster pastries and that was the first thing I made. I did it just for fun. But when I bit into it, after not having one for over a decade, I started crying. I can't even express what a gift Marie has given me. All these things I had written off - like ravioli and biscuits and pita bread - I have it all back now. And the taste and texture and AFTER TASTE are perfect. Not pretty good or not too bad ... dead on." - C Schulz
"I've been thumbing through gluten free cookbooks for over a year trying to find one that really tries to convey an understanding of the base ingredients rather than always starting with "gluten free flour mix". As an aspie myself, it shouldn't surprise me that your book is just what I was looking for." - R. Ray
"I saw this on the kickstarter and have been madly drooling for it to arrive for a long time. And then I started making things out of it. OMFG! Buy this book. Make her write more. You'll thank me for it." - Amazon User
“I love this cookbook. The instructions on are simple and easy to follow. Everything looks delicious. My biggest problem is trying to figure out what to make. When I'm trying to come up with something fancy to impress my friends, this is my starting point every time.
Last month, I wanted to make something special for my boyfriend. Why, what's that on the front cover? Nanaimo bars! - this really weird-sounding treat that I'm assured is extremely popular in Canada (where he's from). I admit, I was a little skeptical. But, I read it over, realized that it sounded pretty easy, and gave it a shot. Voila! The end result was these incredibly delicious treats - creamy, crunchy, sweet, crumbly, chocolately... I could go on all day. I was fully expecting not to like them, but they were amazing. Luckily, they're also delicious right out of the freezer, so you can store them for a couple of weeks. I was really assuming that I wouldn't like these at all, but - I can't believe the Canadians never told us about this nummy treat. Thank you, Marie for opening my eyes!” - Amazon User
"Marie is a doll, not an evil overlord, for sharing her special cake recipes with us. Every cake has a package of vanilla pudding in the mix to, I think, make sure the cake is moist. Make sure you have ten-inch cake pans, and BUY THIS BOOK !! Your family, friends, and neighbors will love you for the wonderful cakes you make.
Thanks, Marie. This book is definitely worth the price, and the hand-signed front page is such a nice touch. We've made two cakes, now on to the next level of baking. This book is worth much more than the cover price; IF YOU LIKE HOME-MADE SCRATCH BAKING OF OUTSTANDING CAKES WITH SUCH DELICIOUS HOME-MADE FROSTING." - Amazon Customer
"I bought this cookbook since I don't consider myself a very good baker, particularly with cakes. I decided to push myself to get a little better and use a cookbook with ridiculously yummy flavors to do it. (Boy am I glad I did!) The flavors are perfectly melded and even though there are alcohol in some of the cakes, you really don't taste it. My first venture was the Bananas-foster upside down cake....and while it overflowed in my oven a little (I forgot to adjust for altitude -silly me), my husband and I ate the overflow right off the baking tray I had underneath it. His quote: "God, it's gonna be hard for the cake to taste better than the stuff off the pan - because this is awesome!" But the finished cake WAS even better! My daughter even loved it, and she's quite picky about her sweets.
I'm looking forward to becoming a better baker with this cookbook! I can't wait to try out the next recipe...maybe I'll even wow the family with a Christmas Cake -which I've never had the guts to try before - but with this cookbook, I think I can actually pull it off!" - Amazon Customer
"I love "The Spirited Baker," and use it all the time in my adventures in cooking. Being a trained chef, I'm always on the look out for new and interesting ways of perking up food (there are many ideas in this cookbook not just limited to baking!), and Marie Porter certainly does a good job giving useful tips on doing just that" - Amazon customer
... and those cookbooks are all available as backer rewards!
For more details on each of the titles, click here.
The Spirited Baker: Desserts flavoured with liqueurs
Evil Cake Overlord: Every kind of cake recipe you can imagine, and more!
Beyond Flour: Gluten-Free recipes developed to be as good or better than gluten versions
Beyond Flour 2: More GF recipes!
Hedonistic Hops: Recipes flavoured with hops.)
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Looks like the time has come to announce some stretch goals!
$10,000 - I'll add 15 more recipes to the book. That's right, 20% more recipes!
$15,000 - I'll add another 15 recipes to the book (In addition to the 10 from the $10,000 stretch goal, of course!)
Risks and challenges
As a seasoned recipe developer/author/publisher, most potential risks are things that I've worked out, long ago.
I have a photographer, publisher, and distribution in place already, along with my 13 other titles. This is a well oiled machine, at this point!
As far as Kickstarter-specific risks go, this is my fifth project. Of the first 4, 3 successfully funded - 2 were delivered early, and one shipped about a week late. I was SO close to developing gluten-free soft pretzels and bagels, I went over on time. In the end, it was worth it: Both recipes were perfected and included in the book.
The remaining project was well on its way to funding, when I had to cancel it due to circumstances beyond my control.
We did have some shipping problems with the most recent Kickstarter. USPS chewed up and/or lost several packages, which had not happened to us before. We re-sent rewards to those affected, and ate the cost.
As a result, we have since changed our packaging - now in durable corrugated cardboard mailers - and whole setup for shipping; now all domestic shipments are trackable, with tracking information automatically being sent to recipients. We don’t anticipate any problems this time around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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