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A cook book of 62 beautiful, approachable toast recipes for every craving.
A cook book of 62 beautiful, approachable toast recipes for every craving.
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Friends, for years I've been hosting dinner parties and creating experiences around food. To me, the beauty of a meal is that it is an amazing vehicle for connection. It creates a space for people to come together in an authentic and genuine way, one that feeds both their bodies and their souls.

When I decided to write Toast, the idea was simple: create a book of beautiful, creative, and accessible recipes. I want to teach you freedom in the kitchen, and empower you to imaginatively use the ingredients all around you - no matter what kind of mess it makes.

Food has become so much more fun for me since I've learned to not take it so seriously. Just like life, cooking is a journey and a process that sometimes gets really messy. But without it, you'd never get to that final product that is so worth biting into.

 

In 2013, I started a dinner party company and toasts were a go to for every meal. They are quick, welcoming, and often unexpected. I loved getting creative about all that can be used on bread, and experimenting with incredible flavors and color.

This book has 62 recipes of easy to follow and all together beautiful toasts that encourage you to play in the kitchen. Most recipes can be made in under 15 minutes, and at any time of the day. Each chapter, Sunrise, Savory, and Sweet, brings you toasts for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Plus, the photographs are so beautiful they'll make your mouth water. The whole book is photographed by my favorite photographers Paper Antler, and their images are stunning. 

These recipes use healthy, vibrant ingredients that you likely already have on hand. There is a toast for every person inside, whether you are a vegan, non-dairy eater, or a bacon-lover. Plus, there are many tips on substitutions and replacements so you can find creative freedom in whatever you are craving.

 

I love food, but ultimately am a hostess at heart. I began cooking when I was young, using the kitchen as a space to process, be tactile, and practice creativity. When I started working in food professionally in Los Angeles, I found my greatest joy came from creating experiences for people around a table. To invite someone in, and allow them to be seen and known.

I live in downtown Los Angeles, and love it. It’s a place booming with creativity, people pursuing their dreams, and so much life. I am especially proud of Toast because the process of creating it has been full of just that. I have had the opportunity to work with incredible people to make Toast come to life, in addition to printing the book locally in California. I am so ecstatic to introduce you to Toast, and would so love for you to be a part of it!

To learn more about me, my work, and the art of hosting, visit my YouTube Channel and website!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Creating a book is a ton of work. From writing, to photography, to design, to editing, there are so many moving pieces of what goes into a project. Luckily, I've got the best people on my team.

I've photographed the book with Paper Antler, my all-time favorite and incredibly talented photography couple. They have created such beautiful imagery for Toast, and I can't wait for you to be blown away by it.

The book has been designed by the amazing Hanna Snyder, who has truthfully made the layout of this book come alive. She has an impeccable eye for design, and is working hard at preparing everything to be printed and in your hands.

With all of the aspects of self-producing a book, the costs add up. The biggest risks involve getting it into shops, ensuring printing quality, and making sure it's a product we're proud of.

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    Signed Copy of TOAST

    A copy of the first release of Toast signed by the author, Kara Elise.

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    Release Party Ticket + TOAST

    A signed copy of Toast and a ticket to the Downtown LA Toast release party in September - plus all the toasts and bubbles to celebrate.

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    TOAST Trio

    Three Signed Copies of Toast: One for you, two to give away! This book makes a great gift for birthdays, holidays, or anyone looking to get a bit more adventurous in the kitchen.

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    Limited Edition TOAST Print + TOAST

    A signed copy of TOAST, plus an 11" x 14" Limited Edition Print of one of the images from TOAST (3 options to choose from!) shipped directly to you. And of course, a signed copy of TOAST!

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    TOAST Duo + The Dinner Party Box

    Two signed copies of Toast, plus The Dinner Party Box: A set of 8 menu cards with table questions, recipes for a full dinner party, and a hand-poured candle.

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    Private Mixology Tutorial

    A signed copy of Toast, plus a one-on-one or group mixology course. I will either come up with a custom drink of choice to teach you, or give a two hour private class for up to 6 friends. Both complete with my favorite toast pairing!

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    Private Cooking Lesson

    A signed copy of Toast, plus your pick of a private cooking lesson or kitchen consultation. Choice of either a private cooking lesson taught by Kara in-home, or a complete kitchen consultation with grocery shopping, meal planning, and basics to make your life in the kitchen a bit more simplified.

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    The Romance Dinner

    Kara will cook a private, in-home dinner for you and your significant other. Includes a full menu consultation, all details + food taken care of, and an overall delightful experience. Comes with a signed copy of Toast.

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    Be a Guest Star on Toast Talks

    This fall, I'll be turning Toast into a video series called Toast Talks! The series will feature the stories and lives of some of my favorite people on my YouTube channel. With this reward, you will join me on an episode of Toast Talks to eat our favorite Toast and chat about your story! Comes with a signed copy of Toast.

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    The BIG Dinner Party

    The ultimate dinner party package! A private dinner party for you and up to 12 friends at your place. Includes a complete consultation and curated menu of all your favorite things, plus one of my toasts. In addition, each guest will receive a signed copy of Toast!

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    Tunameltsmyheart Dinner

    I've teamed up with my favorite celebrity dog, Tuna, to offer you a one-on-one dining experience for you and up to 5 guests. We'll have a dinner party, time for photos with Tuna, and of course, some gourmet open face Tuna Toasts. Comes with a signed copy of Toast.

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    Darling Dinner

    I've teamed up with my favorite magazine, DARLING, to host a Darling Dinner just for you. Have dinner with Darling's Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Dubbeldam, with curated conversations and a full dining experience. Available in your home or at a private location in Downtown LA. Includes up to 16 guests. Comes with a signed copy of Toast.

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