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Family recipes & authentic stories from 9 grandmas across cultures in NY. A documentary-style web series. Multiculturalism. Women. Heritage.
Family recipes & authentic stories from 9 grandmas across cultures in NY. A documentary-style web series. Multiculturalism. Women. Heritage.
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THE SHOW

Hosted by multimedia journalist, Caroline Shin, ‘Cooking with Granny’ is a Web series featuring awesome grandmas sharing family recipes for traditional dishes from all over the world. Think Italian lasagna, Indian masala, Korean bacon. Done up old-school-style by granny master chefs.

From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: My grandma made kimchi!
From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: My grandma made kimchi!

MISSION STATEMENT

For me, this is a legacy passion project. My hope is that 'Cooking with Granny' will help preserve otherwise disappearing recipes (who makes kimchi at home anymore?) AND shed light on the survival, culture and immigration stories from the point of view of these kick-ass grandmas.

EPISODE FORMAT

Each YouTube episode depicts one grandma, one recipe, one culture. But that's not all. We'll be mixing in her personal story, too. The first time she touched a live octopus. How she sat with her girls around a vat of kimchi cabbage. How she searched high and low for the right pasta flour in New York grocery stores. And remember, these stories are placed in the 1940s, 50s, 60s -- decades before the term "foodie" existed and against a historical backdrop of World War II and black-and-white TVs.

FEATURED DISHES

In addition to the first two episodes on Korean food, I have my eyes on the following cuisines: Indian (masala or tandoori), Caribbean (jerk chicken, oxtail, hot sauce), Italian (tomato sauce), Greek (spinach pie, baklava, octopus), Thai (pad thai), Chinese (soup dumplings), Middle Eastern (babaganoush, falafel, kibbe), Jewish (latkes, matzoh ball soup), and Hispanic (empanadas, flan). I am open to suggestions and referrals so please send them my way at FeedMeGranny@gmail.com.

From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: Kimchi mix à la Granny
From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: Kimchi mix à la Granny

PROJECT UPDATES

As the project unfolds, I'll be updating you with photos, videos and GIFs right here on Kickstarter and social media. Feel free to share your ideas with me, too, on:

YouTube: Cooking with Granny

Facebook: Cooking with Granny

Twitter: @CookingWGranny

Email: FeedMeGranny@gmail.com

From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: Kimchi hand-mixed by my grandma
From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: Kimchi hand-mixed by my grandma

ABOUT ME

I'm a multimedia journalist (text, photo, video). I've been a video producer at New York magazine, an intern at CNN, and a student at Columbia Journalism School. I've shot and edited videos for Fashion Week, The Walking Dead, Hurricane Sandy, and In Season (for The Cut, Vulture, Daily Intelligencer and Grub Street, respectively); produced all types of videos (supercuts, interviews, demos, reportage -- though my "Blurred Lines"-Fat Albert mash-up was definitely the most fun at the NYMag video room); and worked with media/culture gurus, Jerry Saltz, Matt Zoller Seitz and Anderson Cooper. And in food: I broke the story on the food business incubator at the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn; shot a Culinary Institute of America story that aired on NY1; and covered beer, chocolate and Smorgasburg for BRIC Arts Media.

TOTAL QUEENS GIRL:

I'm as proud as Nicki Minaj, the Lost Boys and Fran Drescher to rock the Queens cred. That's where my grandma would flex her broken English to order Big Macs at a Burger King or point to 10 pieces of chicken for our KFC family bucket. That's also where I got spoiled by multiculturalism -- on the 7 train from Flushing all the way west to Manhattan.   

A FEW MORE THINGS:

As a kid, I wanted to be a competitive eater (but that didn't quite pan out). I graduated from Brown University and Hunter College High School; I'm fluent in Korean and Spanish (though massively forgetful of my Russian); and I'm addicted to Instagram. I'm super excited about 'Cooking with Granny,' and I hope you are, too! My mouth is already watering for more episodes. Yum!

From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: My grandma was so happy to feed me kimchi
From 'Cooking with Granny' Episode 1: My grandma was so happy to feed me kimchi

YOUR FUNDS

I'm raising funds to expand my show into a full 10-episode season. Back in 2012, I produced the first episode with my own granny who taught me how to make kimchi. I also shot the next episode on Korean-style bacon, and now, I'm seeking your help in bringing the first season of my show to life. Specifically, that entails the edit of 1 episode, as well as the shoot and edit of 8 episodes.

EPISODE 2: KOREAN-STYLE BACON

Of all the food porn to come, here are TWO sneak peeks from our shoot on Korean bacon (oh yeah, I'm giving you guys bacon):

Sneak Peek 1 at Episode 2: Korean Bacon (Mmm, but wait til you see them crisp up and brown)
Sneak Peek 1 at Episode 2: Korean Bacon (Mmm, but wait til you see them crisp up and brown)
Sneak Peek 2 at Episode 2: Korean Bacon (My granny, an on-camera pro by this time)
Sneak Peek 2 at Episode 2: Korean Bacon (My granny, an on-camera pro by this time)

THE SPECIFICS: 

So what exactly will your funds, well, fund? 

- TRANSPORTATION: to/from shoots, grocery stores and equipment rental places

- SHOOTS: Crew plus equipment (Zoom H4n recorder, LAV mic, three-light kit)

-INGREDIENTS

- FLIERS - To show grandmas and grocery store clerks and leave at grocery stores for direct access to grandmas who cook

- EDIT: Editing work plus Lacie external hard drive

- RENT & UTILITIES

- AMAZON PAYMENTS: 3-5% fee

- KICKSTARTER: 5% fee

- REWARDS: Minions not included, but your rewards really had my creative juices flowing

Risks and challenges

Back when I started this project in 2012, I learned that it wasn't so easy finding grandmas of different ethnicities who could cook, speak English and wanted to be on camera. Some cultures are more introverted than others, and some grandmas just stuck to their native tongue.

I plan to overcome these challenges by tapping into my personal multi-ethnic circles (of fellow New Yorkers with family members close by); using my good, old "shoe-leather reporting" skills to scout grandmas at grocery stores; and using translators (if readily available via the grandma's friends and family) or relying on my own language skills. And here's another huge bonus: I live in New York City where you can access Chinatown, Russian Brighton Beach and Little Guyana all in one day. I know these neighborhoods; I have an awesome crew; and I'll work really hard to fulfill my passion (especially one I've waited this long to complete).

THE BOTTOM LINE: Back my project NOW for a show that'll DELIGHT us, TEACH us and MAKE OUR MOUTHS WATER!

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    Shoutout on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Kickstarter. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    E-Recipe Book containing all 10 recipes and corresponding HD photos from the show. Recipes will be transcribed for easy use and photos will portray both close-up shots of dishes (food porn!) and awesome moments with the grandmas.

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    E-Comic Book -- Get the scoop on the craziest storyline behind a single episode. (You won't get it by watching the episodes alone.) The comic book will depict the making of one fantastic episode from start to finish and in graphic form. That would include the funniest, strangest and most difficult behind-the-scenes and on-set moments -- from "stalking" grandmas at grocery stores to looking for the right ingredients WITHOUT the ease of English labels to just having a plain good old time with the grandma. Quotes will be real and illustrations will be photos edited into panel-style cartoons (like the ones in this Kickstarter video). Share the whole crazy experience with me!

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    Wooden Spoon with the 'Cooking with Granny' logo on the handle. Whip up Granny magic in your kitchen. PLUS E-Recipe Book and E-Comic Book.

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    Apron emblazoned with the 'Cooking with Granny' logo on the chest center. Cook sumthin, sumthin good. PLUS E-Recipe Book and E-Comic Book.

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    Printed Recipe Book -- the e-recipe book in printed, tangible form for you to hold, ogle and use while you cook. PLUS E-Recipe Book and E-Comic Book.

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    Printed Comic Book PLUS Printed Recipe Book -- they're real, tangible page-turners filled with food porn, fun graphics and a storyline that you'd miss simply by watching the show alone. PLUS E-Recipe Book and E-Comic Book.

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    Boom. You're at Chef Granny status now. Wanna go Indian? Here's the Indian Spice Basket Bundle -- all the dried spices, seeds and/or oils characteristic of Indian cuisine and necessary for making the Indian dish on the show. Go on. Make 'Nani' proud. PLUS the printed and e-recipe books, printed and e-comic books, wooden spoon and apron.

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    Boom. You're at Chef Granny status now. Wanna go Korean? This is the Korean Spice Basket Bundle -- all the dried spices, seeds and sesame oil needed for making the kimchi and Korean-style bacon on the show. These will make any 'halmuni' proud. PLUS the printed and e-recipe books, printed and e-comic books, wooden spoon and apron.

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    Boom. You're at Chef Granny status now. Wanna go Caribbean? This is the Caribbean Spice Basket Bundle -- all the dried spices, seeds and/or oils characteristic of Caribbean cuisine and necessary for the dish on the show. Go on. Bring out the Caribbean granny in you. PLUS the printed and e-recipe books, printed and e-comic books, wooden spoon and apron.

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    Associate Producer Credit. What's cooking, AP? You and me. This is a personalized cooking class where we'll make a dish from the show at your place (in or near New York City). I'll make sure you're at Granny Master Chef status by the end of this class. You'll also be listed on all Granny's videos, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and the Kickstarter project page for being the wonderful, food-lovin', granny-respectin' backer that you are.

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    Executive Producer Credit. Hey, EP, now you're on board with me. I'll fly you out to New York City and take you on an ethnic food tour of my home town of Queens (accompanied by me and hosted by a professional tour guide). You'll get to learn about the history of immigration and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the multicultural city that inspired the show. If you're already in NYC, you get a cameo opportunity. Star in an episode as a taster and watch everything that happens behind the scenes of a shoot. Afterwards, let's go on this food tour! Whether you're flying out or staying put, I won't leave you empty-handed. You'll also get a triple bundle with all three Korean, Indian and Caribbean spices PLUS the printed and e-recipe books, printed and e-comic books, wooden spoon and apron. So you can go back home and make Granny proud.

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