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Mia ReiterBy Mia Reiter
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Mia ReiterBy Mia Reiter
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About

Rustic Modern Cuisine: The Soul.

Though my native country of Tonga has long since become fully modernized, they were very late to embrace the 20th century technology, ideals, and practices of the Western World. Some might see such simplicity as primitive or crude. Even I once had such thoughts!

However, I have since come to see tremendous value in my humble beginnings. Looking back, I now see myself as lucky to have witnessed life "pre-technology". A time of horse drawn carts, before electricity, phones, tap water, indoor plumbing, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, or even stoves.

I didn't learn about growing, sourcing, preparing, or cooking food from a book, school, or master chef. I learned it from my family, especially my grandma - at a time when there was no other choice. It was not a novelty, but a way of life. There was no such thing as "slow food" - because there was no such thing as fast food. 

“Real food is not a novelty or trend for me - it’s my native language...”

There was only one kind of food: Real Food. What you saw and held in your hand was exactly what it looked like, so why would you need further explanation? We knew the absolute source of our foods...and there were no shortcuts - no need for labels. No pesticides. No genetically modified foods. No genetically engineered animals injected with hormones and antibiotics, being treated inhumanely, eating food not native to their systems.

The up side? We didn't eat toxic chemicals, fillers, and nutritionally deficient fare. Therefore what we did eat was very pure, highly nutritious - and very delicious! We were well balanced, happy, and healthy. Not because we worked out in gyms, took medication, nutritional supplements, or followed the latest fad diets. None of those things existed. We were not healthy because we ate health food, but because the food we ate was genuine and healthy - at it's source. There was no such thing as the label "organic", because all our food was inherently organic - and we had more meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables than we had people to eat it!

As a matter of fact, not because of money or material items, but because of the abundance of amazing food and the joy that it brought - I thought we were rich! 

Now, let's flash forward almost four decades to the present. Having  lived in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, I have now lived in the US for over a decade. As much as I've enjoyed living here, I came to realize that I could no longer take what I ate for granted. For my own health and the health of my family, I not only felt it necessary to revisit my roots, but further immerse myself in modern culinary ideals and practices that have enabled me to come as close to the same level of purity and sophistication that I enjoyed in my youth...and now I'd like to share this hybrid of knowledge with you!

Organic, Natural, Wild, Free Range, Grass-fed, Pastured, Heirloom, Artisan, Fresh, Local, Non-GMO, No MSG, Artificial Sweeteners, Colors, Flavorings, or Preservatives.

These are all MODERN terms to define food that is closest to the simple, "unrefined" way things once were: Rustic Food.  There is a surging movement to not only reach back to the authenticity of our past, but further improve food quality, while preparing ever more enlightened and contemporary dishes: Rustic Modern Cuisine.

Rustic Modern Cuisine: The Book.

Above is an illustrated pre-visualization of what I currently believe the hard cover book should look like, though there will be minor refinements in it's appearance before actual production.  Regardless, there will be a hard and soft cover, at least 200 pages, 8 ½” x 11”, landscape format, full color, professionally executed and published at a very high quality typically reserved for coffee table books. Thanks to a very unique publisher that is known for publishing top notch Art and Design books, I will be able to self publish this visually stunning book through their infrastructure...as long as I can afford to complete the book and order a relatively significant minimum quantity for it's first run.  

Yes, it would be easy to just digitize and push out an e-book, but it would not be the same. Like the Rustic Modern Cuisine you wish to actually experience, this book is also Rustic Modern - in that it's a real and tactile, authentic object of significant quality and scale, that you can present, hold, experience, cherish, and pridefully share with friends and family...after sharing a nutritious meal that you prepared from one of over 150 original recipes inside, of course!

NEW ENTRY! (as of June 14, 2013) Due to several requests for a digital format book, I have looked into it and will now be able to offer this option! Of course, this does change the "experience" a little, as you can imagine - but it does look like a viable option for those that are interested in the content without the physical aspect of the book itself. As much as I wanted to create a "Real Book" with "Real Food", I gave this a lot of thought over the last week - and in the end I came to this conclusion: "If I'm going to speak of fusing Rustic Food with Modern Ideals, I really do need to consider this option as well." So there you have it...Rustic Modern Cuisine - in digital format. I actually want to thank those of you who suggested this, as I have a feeling it will prove a highly competitive product. Thanks again for all your feedback! And keep checking back! You just never know what else might be in store... Please Note that those who already purchased any of the $125 and above options will automatically receive a digital format book to go with their other rewards - as well as those who choose these options for the duration of this project. Thanks Again for All Your Support!

Three Main Components:

1) Original Recipes are the Core of This Book - Innovative, all original, beautifully photographed - and easy to follow recipes. There are several that I have never shared, as well as some of the most popular recipes from my blog, "Mia's Domain", that I have further evolved and refined since their original posting.

   - Current Categories: beverages, tapas & sides, appetizers, soups & salads, main dishes, desserts, wild cards

   - Lifestyle Support: noting whether a recipe will fit in to gluten-free, paleo, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian, or pescetarian needs

2) "Real Food" Movements - Brief summaries of research, highlights, studies, data, possible short interviews, rich original imagery wherever possible. This is mainly a foundational starting point, presented objectively, for those that are interested.

  • Possible Additional Segments: still to be determined - will keep backers informed of additional sections during the writing process.

3) Did You Know? - Bits of information that pertain to the food, recipes, or stories will be sprinkled throughout the book. These could be technical or nutritional data, trends, stories, interesting anecdotes, etc.

Over the last two years I have collected and created a tremendous amount of original content for this book, but now it's time to finish the job!

With your participation, I will be able to complete this book, get it published, and deliver it later this year!  I have set a minimum goal as a target, but all proceeds beyond what I need to publish this first book will go towards even more diverse and innovative projects that I believe you may also find both enjoyable and beneficial.

Now for the Fun Part!

Please tell your friends and colleagues, spread the word far and wide, and share this link with everyone you think would be supportive. Thank you!

Please Check Out My Blog and Facebook Page!

Click here for Mia's Domain - http://www.MiasDomain.com

Click here for Mia's Facebook Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/MiasDomain

And don't forget, for the duration of this project, you can access it by simply remembering - www.RusticModernCuisine.com

You Can Also Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticModernCuisineThere is a shortened version of the video on that channel too.

Video, Photography, Layout, and Design Credit: My husband, Erik

Actress in Video Intro (young Mia): My Daughter, Syd

Soundtrack Credits: (part 1) "Mε Πιάνουνε Ζαλάδες" by Caligine; (part 2) "Creuza de ma" by Plurabelle

Risks and challenges

I have been told by my publisher that I would have to complete my book and get it to the printers by the end of August in order to assure delivery of the finished books back to me by the end of November or early December. This is my current goal so that I can begin distributing the books in early December, hopefully in time for Christmas! I will keep all of my backers informed throughout the project as to the progress that is being made. If I don't believe the book will be printed in time for Christmas, I will know that by September. Being that I have already completed the writing and photography of more than I can even fit in this book alone, my challenge now will be to make sure all the images are consistent and up to par, then work with a designer to settle on the perfect graphic layout. As well, there is still some original photography that must be taken and writing that must be done on the "information" section. However, short of unforeseen health or family circumstances, I believe I will have more than enough time over the Summer to complete this book, given how much I have already done over the last 2 years. As well, the publisher that is enabling this endeavor is quite reliable.

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