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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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