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Teresa Corção and Sara Franklin are writing a cookbook about manioc (a.k.a. cassava, yuca, tapioca), the heart of Brazilian cuisine.

VIEW VIDEOS ABOUT TERESA'S WORK HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lm3VFzkAozo         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqN3-vQDeGI

Brazilian Chef and activist, Teresa Corção, made these films, "O Professor da Farinha" and "Seu Bene vai pra Italia", with her partner, documentary filmmaker Manuel Carvalho. This marked the beginnings of her journey to  discover and document the rich history behind the use of manioc root in Brazilian cuisines. The visuals in these films give you a sense of how rich the history and culture of Brazilian food is. We will be further documenting these amazing small producers in our book and in accompanying multi-media components. 

Rio de Janeiro-based chef and activist Teresa Corção has made it her life's work to learn about native Brazilian ingredients and to support the people who produce them by helping bring those foods to market. And though she has great respect for all of Brazil's native foods, manioc is far and away her favorite and. Not only is it foundational to all of Brazil's diverse cuisines, but the root is Brazil's gift to the world.

Did you know that manioc (also commonly known as cassava, yuca and tapioca) is the fifth most important source of calories in the world? It trails behind the other world staples maize, wheat, rice and potatoes. Now imagine if those foods had never had any cookbook written in culinary tribute to them. Seems not only improbable, but impossible, right? 

That's how we feel about the lack of culinary literature on manioc, which is native to the Amazon region of Brazil. And we're seeking to change all that with our forthcoming book, "The Manioc Route: Exploring the Foundations of Brazilian Cuisine with Teresa Corção".

Now, Chef Corção and independent writer and multi-media producer, Sara Franklin, are teaming up to write a book about manioc root, its many uses in Brazilian cuisine, its producers. We will also devote a chapter to the uses of manioc in other parts of the world, and international chefs who have found creative uses for the root.

"The Manioc Route" will combine recipes, history, travel reporting and memoir. In addition to a print edition, we will create web-ready videos and audio slideshows, as well as an interactive version for e-readers and tablets.

With its booming economy, the approach of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, it's clear-- Brazil's moment is now! And with the growing interest in artisanal foods and cooking, we can't think of a better time to publish a book on such an important, yet under-publicized, culinary and cultural staple.

We need YOUR help to support the extensive travel we and our photographer will be doing over the next calendar year in order to complete our research. Anything you can give would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

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    Five signed copy of the book, advance access to all travel blogs, recipes and photos. AND, we will fly you to Brazil with us to join us on a one-week journey into remote areas of Brazil, where we will meet producers and home cooks who utilize manioc and its derivatives. Your donation will cover all your travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, food, and domestic travel in Brazil. Delivery date will vary, depending on where you prefer to go. Expect to travel sometime between June 2012 and August 2013. And, of course, a big thanks alongside your name in our acknowledgements section.

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