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A new cookbook for people who love craft beer, cooking with fresh produce, and sharing meals in sociable garden spaces
A new cookbook for people who love craft beer, cooking with fresh produce, and sharing meals in sociable garden spaces
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Dinner in the Beer Garden is my new cookbook about pairing craft beer with plant-based recipes, enjoyed outdoors in gardens and other social spaces. This isn't about traditional biergarten food like ham hocks and bratwurst. It's a cookbook for people who like carrots and kale - as well as butter, fish, cheese and chocolate! Profiles of gorgeous brewery gardens, a chapter on the history and design of beer gardens, and juicy color photographs of recipes turn the book into a tasty read. Recipes are both original and contributed by home cooks and chefs in the craft brewing community.

With your backing, we can design and print the paperback cookbook in targeted quantity. Any extra Kickstarter community support will allow me to offer cooking demonstrations and classes, in addition to the self-published cookbook.

NEW STRETCH GOAL: I plan to offer a metric version of the e-book next year, so have created a new award for backers who want that version! If I can raise additional $2,000, then I can start the metric version's recipe testing and production rapidly.

photo by Michael Wessel - DBG Malt Ice Cream Shortcakes
photo by Michael Wessel - DBG Malt Ice Cream Shortcakes

As a dedicated advocate of the culinary appreciation of craft beer, I've already enlisted support from the following partner breweries, alphabetically: Alaskan Brewing Co., Bell's Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Goose Island Brewing Co., New Glarus Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Sprecher Brewery. Their investment made possible the color food photography by Roger Brown and Gaylon Emerzian, Jennifer Marx and Michael Wessel. 

photo by Jennifer Marx - honey thyme grilled peach
photo by Jennifer Marx - honey thyme grilled peach

More than 50 recipe testers in home and professional kitchens across the USA have tested every recipe. Beer pairings, as well as a few cider and cocktail suggestions, make the cookbook even more useful.  Thank you for watching, backing the cookbook and sharing this creative project with other fans of beer and food!

Sample recipe layout and design by Libby VanderPloeg
Sample recipe layout and design by Libby VanderPloeg

Other recipes include: roasted corn with chile and Cotija sauce, fresh beet gnocchi, hop-infused grilled cheese and heirloom tomatoes, millet flatbread with Manchego and rosemary, summer rolls with coconut-Sriracha dipping sauce, and 100+ more!

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This project is well underway, as I've worked with the printer before. All the photography and recipes are completed, and book design is in progress now. By working with Libby VanderPloeg, a very talented designer, and freelance editors Ben Mims and Sandra Wu, and by printing in North America, I'm confident about the cookbook's quality.

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    Download a copy of the e-book and enjoy the cookbook on your laptop or reader! Delivered online with my enduring thanks!!

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    DUAL E-BOOK DOWNLOADS - a stretch goal for new backers - you'll get the US version of the e-book this year and next spring, the metric version when it's available!

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    Snag a signed copy of the printed full-color paperback cookbook, delivered to your address via Priority Mail! Includes 100+ recipes featuring craftbeer pairings and color photos by Roger Brown, Gaylon Emerzian, Jennifer Marx and Michael Wessel.

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    Signed cookbook with 100+ recipes featuring craftbeer pairings and color photos PLUS free download of the e-book version (post-launch value $38.95) Your name will be included in the THANKS to BACKERS on the website!

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    Wear your love of craftbeer! Get a gorgeous color T-shirt and TWO signed copies of the cookbook, delivered to your address via Priority Mail! - includes website acknowlegment as Backer!

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    All weather gear for your gardening, plus cookbooks! Get a plush hoodie with logo, and TWO signed copies of the cookbook, delivered to your address, includes website acknowledgment as Backer!

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    Nosh your way through the craftbeer garden, with a customized crate of spices and chocolates, all featured in the cookbook. Includes 5 signed cookbooks, delivered to your address in the US via FedEx! Includes thanks on website!!

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    Conversation by phone with Lucy, the BeerCook, discuss menu and recipe development for culinary craft pairings to highlight seasonal produce. Includes 5 hours time and 10 signed cookbooks, plus a surprise gift box of assorted spices. May be scheduled anytime within the next year, with three weeks advance notice.

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    I'll cook a delicious dinner for you and 12 guests, featuring 5 recipes from the cookbook and you'll choose the selections to enjoy! Available to backers in within a 500-mile driving radius of Milwaukee, WI. You will get 10 signed books for the guests, too. The offer is available to hosts with access to catering kitchens, or booked as a special event collaborating with local breweries, brewpubs or restaurants. This will be scheduled with at least 8 weeks advance notice, delivery by end of 2014.

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