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Update #26

German Cookbooks & Berlin Dinner Party (& TVZ)

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The German printed cookbook

The German version of The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegane Rezepte eines Weltreisenden arrived from the printers on May 31st, 2013! The 2nd printing of the English edition of The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegan Recipes from World Adventures was also sent directly from the new printers in Freiburg, way down south in Germany's famous Black Forest. (Oooh, Der Schwarzwald!)

This shipment of 1500 books (out of a total 5000 printed) was delivered to my storage facility here in Berlin. The other books went to my new publishing and distribution partners, Ventil Verlag & Kochen ohne Knochen.

I mailed over 250 cookbooks in the last three weeks: including Kickstarter rewards, pre-orders, and recent orders from lotusartichoke.com. It's been an incredibly busy, exciting time around here at Lotus Headquarters!

It's not too late...

If you – or anyone you know – missed the 1st and 2nd Kickstarter campaign, or otherwise still want a printed copy of The Lotus and the Artichoke, here's where to go:

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegan Cookbook (ENGLISH)
The Lotus and the Artichoke - Veganes Kochbuch (DEUTSCH)

Backers, If want to download either the English ebook or German ebookespecially if you somehow didn't get your download link, or want a different language version (free!) – please send me a message and I'll help you out.

Were you expecting a German printed cookbook or other reward and didn't receive it? Please send me a message or email. I will figure out what happened and correct the situation immediately. I made special arrangements with many of you (for pickups or add-on rewards) and I want to make sure you got what you were promised.

I'm Feeling the Love...

Especially on The Lotus and the Artichoke Facebook Page. Thank you again, so, so much for your generosity and your gracious comments. This project would never have been successful without your help and support.

The Dinner Party in Berlin

Check out the photos below from the Vegan Dinner Party in Berlin on Saturday, June 8th, 2013. The 5-course vegan meal was a special reward for certain German Cookbook Kickstarter backers who generously pledged to the project. (One of them was even kind enough to offer her kitchen and spacious, gorgeous apartment for the event. Dankeschön!)

We enjoyed 9 recipes from The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook:

All in all, it was about 10 hours in the kitchen and 4 at the table with the guests. Meeting great people, yummy food, talking about travel, languages, the city, and more. A pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday, if you ask me.

Lots of Lotus Love,
Justin

Shameless Promo: The Vegan Zombie

p.s. My friends Chris & Jon from The Vegan Zombie just launched their graphic novel vegan cookbook Kickstarter campaign. Get in on the action, snatch up a great reward, and help make their vegan cookbook happen.

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Update #25

German version cookbook goes to print!

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Hello Kickstarter backers!

The German cookbook is getting printed today!

I'm thrilled to announce that today the German version of my vegan cookbook of recipes inspired by my travels to nearly 40 countries went to print! Thank you again to all of you who helped make it happen.

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegane Rezepte eines Weltreisenden will be arriving from the printer on 31.05.2013. I will be sending the cookbooks out immediately to all backers receiving German cookbooks from both Kickstarter campaigns. Are you excited? I am!

Along with the German 1st edition, I'm also having the English cookbook reprinted – with a few improvements and new art which is also in the German edition. This time I'm printing over TWICE as many books: 3000 German and 2000 English cookbooks. Holy tofu, that's a lot of Lotus love! I really have my work set out: Promoting the cookbook, getting it into more stores, connecting with more readers, and working with my publishing partner to distribute and market both books. I'd love to have your help, too...

If you know anyone who should get to know The Lotus and the Artichoke, please send them to The Lotus and the Artichoke on Facebook and to lotusartichoke.com to find out more about my project and the cookbook. It also really helps when you Share my posts and Like pictures and updates on Facebook.

It is still possible to pre-order the German cookbook...

Das Kochbuch vorbestellen: Send me a message (or email: lotusartichoke@gmail.com) if you (or someone you know) would be interested. Btw, the website is still the best way to order the English cookbook.

  • REMEMBER: All cookbook orders (and all cookbook rewards) include the bookmark and cool (5) sticker set!

I still have some T-shirts and tote bags. I'd like to offer them first to Kickstarter backers. There are just a few green shirts with the Globe and Banners art, and a few grey and a few black shirts with the new Hamsa Hands design -- in sizes S, M, L and XL. The tote bags are black with white Hamsa Hand graphics. (See below) Please contact me soon if you're interested. These are going to go fast!

The German cookbook ebook should be ready for download in the next 2 weeks. I'm making more improvements since rewriting many of the German texts and adding artwork to the cookbook recently. I'll be sending out download links and letting you know. Thanks for being patient... I want to get you cooking as soon as possible!

What's for dinner? This weekend I'll be posting a new recipe on lotusartichoke.com and some stories about my short visit to Rome last month. Keep an eye out for it... especially if you like artichokes! :-)

Liebe Grüße,
Justin

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Update #24

German Cookbook - Back on Kickstarter!

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Hey Kickstarters!

I've been super busy preparing for the release of the German edition of my vegan cookbook. Julia has finished her fantastic translation of the recipes and stories, I'm working on more artwork, and already plotting design plans. Since all of the recipes are translated into German now, I'm also working to update the German side of the website! I've also been doing promotion and public relations for both versions of the book, and getting the cookbook into local stores. Whew!

Speaking of lotusartichoke.com... I just posted about the new Kickstarter project to help fund the German edition of my vegan cookbook. The crowdfunding contributions will make it much, much easier for me to cover the expenses of printing not only the German edition, but the re-print of the English edition as well.

Blog posts about the new Kickstarter campaign:
English: http://www.lotusartichoke.com/kickstarter-german-cookbook/
German: http://www.lotusartichoke.com/de/kickstarter-german-cookbook/

The NEW Kickstarter campaign for the German edition & English reprint:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1971445993/the-lotus-and-the-artichoke-vegan-cookbook-german

Note for backers receiving German cookbook rewards:
I'm doing my best to have the books printed and posted in March, as planned. Depending on my success with financing and finding a new printing partner, the reward shipment may be in April. I promise to keep you informed!

Why am I back on Kickstarter?

If you've been following these updates, you know that my project expenses were more than double my original estimates, especially after upgrading the design, adding recipes, and increasing the print run. I hoped that reaching our stretch goal of $14k would be enough to print both cookbooks. That was before the printer raised the price dramatically at the last minute. Effectively, I invested more than all of the funds from the first Kickstarter into printing 1000 copies of the English cookbook in full, delicious color, also got really nice shirts, and spent a small fortune in my 20+ visits to the post office in December. But, it was worth it...

The positive feedback and excitement about The Lotus and the Artichoke has been incredible! (Read the testimonials at the bottom of the new Kickstarter page)

Continue the adventure with the new Kickstarter campaign:

  • Do you know anyone who would like my cookbook? (English or German)
  • Need another chance to get a t-shirt or tote bag?
  • Want a cool postcard from my next travel adventure?
  • Curious what new reward surprises I've got planned?
  • Fancy a 5-course Vegan Dinner Party... hosted and prepared by me?
  • Just want to throw in a few bucks to help Grow the Global Veg Scene?
  • Want to share some love for The Lotus and the Artichoke on Facebook and Twitter?

Lastly, a sincere Thank You for making this vegan cookbook project so successful! I love getting your emails, Facebook comments & photos, and all the other enthusiastic messages.

Love and Lime Zest,
Justin

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Update #23 - For backers only

eBook release for Kickstarter Backers!

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For backers only. If you're a backer of this project, please log in to read this post.


Update #22

Reward Shipping Progress

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Hi Kickstarter Backers!

Most of the reward packages are in the mail and on the way to you! Many have already arrived! All rewards are being sent Airmail / Priority. I am doing my best to get everything out so it arrives by Christmas – tough during the holiday shipping rush. I have dedicated many more 10 to 12 hour working days, made over a dozen trips to the post office (in the snow; waiting in long lines), and doubled my postage and shipping budget.

So far, everyone who has seen the cookbook has been super impressed. Positive feedback is flooding in from excited followers, fans, family, and friends all over the world! The first store in Berlin to carry The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook sold out in only 2 days, and other local stores quickly got the book on their shelves. I've shared the book with other cookbook authors and bloggers: The resulting enthusiasm has been fantastic and extremely promising.

You and me & The Post Office:

99% packed & already shipped... or ships tomorrow:

  • $20 - Tote Bag
  • $25 - Cookbook
  • $30 - Cookbook (signed)

100% packed & already shipped:

  • $40 - Book & Tote Bag
  • $60 - Book & T-Shirt
  • $75 - Book, T-Shirt, Tote Bag

70+% packed & already shipped... or ships in the next 2 days:

  • $80 - Book & Blockprint
  • $108 - Book, Blockprint, T-Shirt, Tote Bag
  • $125 - Book, Blockprint (exclusive artist's proof), T-Shirt, Tote Bag

Do you or friends want more copies of the cookbook?

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Order my Vegan Cookbook

(Please Share this link and give it a Facebook Like – it really helps!)

Orders will help with my increased expenses:

Most notably the $12k+ printing and nearly $2k in international shipping! The decision to print 1000 (not 500) copies in full, delicious color with the added recipes and expansions was an expensive but easy decision. The shipping is another story, but I am committed to fulfilling my promises to you, dear backers!

The great weight surprise & other twists:

When the book returned from the printer I was thrilled by the beautiful results – and surprised the book's final weight exceeded original estimates. The expertly-crafted book looks and feels even better than I'd imagined, with a sturdy softbound cover, strong binding, and robust, lightly textured, natural paper pages. Unfortunately, because it weighs just over 500g, it costs 2x as much to mail. Oops. That's a lot when you're mailing hundreds (or thousands!) of books!

I invested the entire 220% Kickstarter project funding to publish and promote an incredible book, get awesome t-shirts and tote bags, plus 4 different artsy stickers -- and to ensure rewards are shipped reliably and efficiently. Stay tuned for updates on how this affects financing the German edition, still planned for March 2013.

If you pledged for more than one book: (e.g. Twin Pack rewards) most of you will get two packages, instead of one. This has to do with the German postal system's illogical pricing scheme and preference for smaller, lighter packages which arrive faster, safer, and more affordable.

I am doing everything possible to ship remaining rewards by Tuesday, December 18th. The majority of these are ready to bring to the post office tomorrow. Properly printing and safely packing the blockprints proved trickier than I expected with a crazy busy to-do list at The Lotus and the Artichoke Headquarters (AKA my studio) – my apologies to affected backers with blockprint rewards. We will see if the postal elves make up for my minor delays and overly perfectionist ways.

*The e-book release has been pushed to December 23. It may be ready sooner, pending final improvements and testing on different devices. I will keep you informed. And get ready, because it's going to blow you away. Just like the printed cookbook.

As always, thank you for your overwhelming, incredible support.

Love & Lots of Customs Declaration Forms,

Justin

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