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how is your Chowcabulary, anyway?

Chowcabulary (aka The Hungry Games) is a book of fun & challenging word puzzles  that will test your mettle and unleash the power of food speak.  (I can speak food-read my bio!)

                         (there's a few more below to try!)

Well, this simply started last Spring when I was looking for a gift for a friend of mine who is a Chef at a local cafe here by the beach. I didn't want to get him another cookbook, another kitchen gadget, a pound of prosciutto, or bacon-scented underwear.

I thought, maybe there's like a puzzle book for food lovers, culinarians, all of those food bloggers...people who are into food. So I called a handful of lead cookbook and specialty food store owners and no one knew of anything along those lines. But they all thought that it was a great idea.

 I began making puzzles (first just a few, and then lots). I started sending 'em to Chefs, food bloggers, and neighbors who like to cook (or eat out). Everyone wanted more.

(Heck, even if you don't like food, you'll like doing these puzzles). And this book would be perfect to have if you happen to be on a long trip sitting in the back seat of a Mini Cooper, or while waiting for the plane that's delayed from Miami.

Play games  like: Someday My Quince Will Come, Gastrograms, Condimental, If ya can't stand the heat, Wordwiches, Cheezles.

Here's a Cheezle: Unscramble the word after the description:

______________ Cheese is made by hand with milk produced by animals that are raised on the cheesemaker's property.    MARDESAFT

Ok, here's a Gastrogram:

                          10 - LETTER ITALIAN SOUP
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
(those are clues below)

WORDS WITH 8 LETTERS  emersion, mentions, monetise, nominees, semitone, serotine, tiresome     WORDS WITH 7 LETTERS   eminent, entries, erotism, intense, interne, interns, mention, mentors, meteors, minster, minters, moisten, moister, monster, nominee,

WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR?

The money is to put the book into production, get an ISBN #,  pay for marketing materials (i.e sell-sheets, postage), as our plan is to market this book primarily to the 8,000 independent specialty food & cheese shops around the country. It's a perfect gift for their customers, or for their customers' friends! Then  get distribution to retailers, even culinary school bookstores and  airport retailers.

HEY!

Did I say Thanks to my wife Mary for playing the part of 'the book!?'  (Thanks Mary!) And sorry about that container of Pho that is in the backround. (We once had an Asian Noodle Cafe called Wonton Mary's)

Ok, back to the word puzzles. Everything from word matching games, culinary anagrams, old-school word searches to completely new and innovative puzzles to feed your brain.
If you think that you know a whole bunch about the world of food, or
simply have the appetite to learn more...
                                     Your first course is ready.

Yeah, so all the folks that we sent PDFs to, to play,  commented on how it would be a killer App. Yeah, great, but Apps cost. So, first we will get the book out there.

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Honestly, building and formatting puzzles was way harder than I thought it would be, and got easier as I became obsessed. But now that that's done, and I have finished 200 more........ cause I want that APP in the can....SO, I guess the risks are that I end up a bunch of boxes of puzzle books to sell at food festivals and farmers' markets?
No prob...Sounds like fun!

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    You will get one edition of The Hungry Games (Chowcabulary). And don't get frustrated if you can't complete all of the puzzles. It's OK. The answers are in the back! PLUS - you get YOUR NAME on our thank you page in the first printing of 1000 books.

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    THE HUNGRY DEAL. Two for $18. One for you. One for your best friend that shares your passion for the love of food........PLUS - you get YOUR NAME on our thank you page in the first printing of 1000 books.

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    THE VERY HUNGRY DEAL. This is the way to go. The book will retail for $11.95. YOU GET THREE (3) books for 25 bucks. You can have one, one for the cook at your favorite restaurant, and one for your significant other. PLUS - you get YOUR NAME on our thank you page in the first printing of 1000 books.

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    THE FAMILY MEAL DEAL. 6 copies of the book. Think birthdays, Think of that long trip you are taking and have to sit in the backseat of a Mini Cooper. There is Christmas & Hanukkah again this year. Plus everyone will see your name on our thank you page in the first printing of 1000 books.

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