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Toby's Table (now 100% funded) is a perfect bound book of over 20 of our family's favorite recipes, collected by Grandma Toby throughout her life. Each scrumptious, comforting recipe is hand illustrated in black and white with the directions carefully reconstructed for your success in the kitchen. The book also includes a 12 page comic story about Toby and her table.

It all started with a recipe box.

Grandma Toby's Recipe Box, complete with hand written recipe cards.
Grandma Toby's Recipe Box, complete with hand written recipe cards.

Dinner rolls, casseroles, cookies ... My Grandma Toby collected recipes. They were traditional family recipes and recipes to feed her husband and six kids on a tight budget. Dinner centered around a picnic table that could hold the whole family.

The table remained a centerpiece as grandkids entered the picture, though the picnic table itself was retired to the back porch over time. Food and the table became a centerpiece for gatherings, holidays, the introduction of new babies, and teenage confessions. You could always sit down with Gram, have a bite to eat, play some Yahtzee, and spill your guts about whatever was going on in your life - no judgment.

There was nothing like a cookie, some coffee, and Yahtzee with Gram.
There was nothing like a cookie, some coffee, and Yahtzee with Gram.

When I left for college those recipes became a tie to that table, my Gram, and all those good memories. I'd write Gram and she'd send recipe cards back, hand written in her self-described "chicken scratch." I'd make the recipes when I was lonely or homesick to have a taste of Toby's table no matter where on the planet I was at the time.

Banana bread was one of my favorite tastes of Gram's house while I was away.
Banana bread was one of my favorite tastes of Gram's house while I was away.

Nearly two years ago our family lost my Gram, but her legacy lives on in many ways. One of those is the recipe box which has passed to me. However, to me, the recipes are a family gift and Gram always shared and traded recipes with family, friends, and acquaintances. So during Inktober 2017 I began drawing family favorite recipes to turn them into a cookbook so that I didn't squander the gift of the recipe box.

Aunt Tilly's rolls, a family favorite through generations, is a Thanksgiving staple. My dad will save you from 'defects'.
Aunt Tilly's rolls, a family favorite through generations, is a Thanksgiving staple. My dad will save you from 'defects'.

This project is the result - a perfect bound book of over 20 of our family's favorite recipes.

You can expect comforting recipes like:

  • Aunt Tilly's Dinner Rolls 
  •  Lasagna 
  •  Hamburger and Potatoes 
  •  Banana Bread 
  •  Chocolate Chip Cookies 
  •  Oatmeal Cookies 
  •  Chocolate Pudding 
  •  Chocolate Cake 
  •  Pumpkin Pie 
  •  And so much more!

The book also includes my short comic, Querencia. The comic celebrates  her life and the significance of her table and was initially published as part of Square City Comic's 4th Anthology, Sensus Obscura.

This is just one of the 12 pages of 'Querencia', a comic short where there's always room at the table.
This is just one of the 12 pages of 'Querencia', a comic short where there's always room at the table.

I encourage you to take a look, preorder the book through one of the backer rewards, and whip up a taste of Grandma's house. 

And remember, there's always room at the table.

The Goal

By meeting the $600 goal I'll be able to create a small print run of Toby's Table. At this main goal, project is scoped as an 5.5x8.5 inch, perfect bound book totaling at minimum 44 pages in black and white.

Backing 'Toby's Table' will allow recipes like Toby's Chocolate Pudding to be preserved and shared with a whole new generation.
Backing 'Toby's Table' will allow recipes like Toby's Chocolate Pudding to be preserved and shared with a whole new generation.

Of the $600 raised, $375 will go to printing costs. $175 will go to shipping costs. In addition, $50 will go toward Kickstarter and payment fees.

Stretch Goals

But wait, there's more! If we meet a few modest stretch goals, I can afford to upgrade this project!

STRETCH GOAL #1: $1000 (LOCKED)

By meeting this stretch goal of $1,000, print backers will receive an upgraded book. Toby's Table will become a handy spiral bound volume with coated pages that hold up to the kitchen. I'll also create a color cover for the book.

STRETCH GOAL #2: $1400 (LOCKED)

By meeting this stretch goal of $1,400, not only will Toby's Table will become a handy spiral bound volume with coated pages that hold up to the kitchen with a color cover. I'll also add 20 more recipes to the book! Digital copy backers will also receive the additional recipes.

Want a free recipe?

  • Share the "Toby's Table" Kickstarter project on your social media.
  • Take a screenshot of your post.
  • Email the screenshot and your social media handle to kristy @ curiographic.com.
  • Then I’ll send you a FREE digital recipe card as a thank you.
 

Risks and challenges

I've self published two books before, the first volume of Infinite Spiral, my webcomic, and a minibook titled Everyday Imaginings. I've also contributed to multiple anthologies. I know how to prepare files and pages for print and get projects done on time.

In addition, half of the initial recipes are already illustrated. I enjoy doing them in the evenings to unwind, so finishing the set is no problem.

That being said there are a couple risks to the project. Items could get lost in shipping or there could be a delay in the printing process.

Another risk is I'm expecting my first child in April. The June expected delivery timeline on the book should give plenty of time for me to begin fulfilling rewards, but babies run on their own time tables and needs. I have a solid support network through family and the local comics community, though, and don't expect this to be an issue.

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