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Recipes for sharing from my home kitchen to yours as well as a 'how to guide' to suburban self-sufficiency; gardens, chickens and bees.
Recipes for sharing from my home kitchen to yours as well as a 'how to guide' to suburban self-sufficiency; gardens, chickens and bees.
497 backers pledged NZ$ 55,532 to help bring this project to life.

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BUT FIRST, THANKS
Huge thank you to Bonny Stewart-MacDonald. You have already contributed so much 'behind the scenes' for this campaign Bon. I am so grateful for your help with the photography, editing and countless emails! To my parents, thank you for your ongoing support and love, and especially for babysitting! I couldn't do this without you both. Also to my Mum and sister in-law Zea for being my proofreaders. To my husband for your emotional and financial support, and encouraging me to follow my dreams x Lastly, to Josiah at Firetale Business Videos, a big thank you for putting together the film for this campaign. 

ABOUT THE COOKBOOK
My hard cover book will be due out in stores in May 2017. It will feature 80+ recipes, each with professional images of the end dishes, which will be beautifully printed on nice thick paper stock. Two ribbons will be attached to the book for marking pages, all those little details that make a book special and practical. 

The ingredients are measured in cups when applicable. However, it will also have the metric and imperial conversions beside them, and oven temperatures are given in both Celsius and Fahrenheit so a conversion chart will not be required. I have considered this so it will be more convenient for home cooks across the globe.  

Each recipe will be tested by at least 3 other home cooks. This is to ensure the recipe is just right and easy to follow by the reader. 

During the week I want fuss-free meals. Tasty food that isn’t too complicated to put together. Weekends or during the holidays I like to make dishes that require a little more time and attention. My food philosophy is Fresh, Free Range and Fair Trade. I supplement my family's weekly shop with ingredients from our organic home gardens, chickens and bee hives, with at least 1 or 2 vegetarian meals a week. 

My cookbook will have a layout of easy-to-find sections for the recipes. The Brunch section will have recipes like my overnight oats (image below), and recipes inspired by produce from our beautiful backyard. There are also recipes for breads like bagels and banana bread in this section. The Dinner section will begin with starters and soups, followed by recipes like ‘Chipotle rubbed skirt steak fajitas’, or a tasty Curry with homemade curry paste and recipes that I grew up loving and eating, like my Gran's ‘Sunday Chicken’. Then there will be Sweets which is largely inspired by my sweet tooth and my Grandmother's hand written cookbook. My Gran was the most amazing baker and cook, and I am so proud to include her recipes in my book. I have just recently acquired my other Grandmothers handwritten cookbook, and now I look forward to testing some of her recipes and include a few of my favorites from her book too. Family favorites, from my family to yours. The next section to follow will be one on edible gifts. I love giving and receiving gifts that are edible, and in this section there will be things like preserves, liqueurs and homemade candy/fudges! I also want to include a ‘How To’ guide to suburban self-sufficiency in the last section.


Chipotle skirt steak fajitas - a great dish for sharing | GOING IN THE DINNER SECTION OF THE BOOK
Chipotle skirt steak fajitas - a great dish for sharing | GOING IN THE DINNER SECTION OF THE BOOK
Homemade bagels | GOING IN THE BRUNCH SECTION OF THE BOOK
Homemade bagels | GOING IN THE BRUNCH SECTION OF THE BOOK
Overnight oats - 3 ways | Fig, honey and bee pollen (using our honey, and will talk about harvesting bee pollen in the guide at the back of the book) | Strawberry and coconut | Banana and cacao | GOING IN THE BRUNCH SECTION OF THE BOOK
Overnight oats - 3 ways | Fig, honey and bee pollen (using our honey, and will talk about harvesting bee pollen in the guide at the back of the book) | Strawberry and coconut | Banana and cacao | GOING IN THE BRUNCH SECTION OF THE BOOK
Fresh Peach Pie + Apple & Feijoa Pie (this is shot for a double page spread) | GOING IN THE SWEET SECTION OF THE BOOK
Fresh Peach Pie + Apple & Feijoa Pie (this is shot for a double page spread) | GOING IN THE SWEET SECTION OF THE BOOK
Double page flatlay / lifestyle combo | Concept by Bonny Stewart-MacDonald
Double page flatlay / lifestyle combo | Concept by Bonny Stewart-MacDonald
Wild blackberry and vanilla liqueur | Hand pressed coconut rum | GOING IN THE EDIBLE GIFT SECTION OF THE BOOK
Wild blackberry and vanilla liqueur | Hand pressed coconut rum | GOING IN THE EDIBLE GIFT SECTION OF THE BOOK

A BASIC GUIDE TO SUBURBAN SELF-SUFFICIENCY
What this means is, you don’t have to move to the middle of nowhere to start living off the land! I grow my own organic produce so I will give gardening tips, specifically aimed at people with smaller spaces, as well as a ‘how to guide’ for keeping chickens and beekeeping too. I have 11 heritage breed chickens which provide me with fresh free range eggs daily. My husband comes from a family of bee keepers and we have 75 hives ourselves. Together, we will offer advice, alongside some beautiful imagery taken by lifestyle photographer, Bonny Stewart-MacDonald to complement. I hope to share our knowledge to inspire and inform others.

Bonny (my creative other half of the book) and I
Bonny (my creative other half of the book) and I

THE DESIGN
I will be styling and photographing each of the recipes with my friend and colleague Bonny Stewart-MacDonald on set as a second set of stylist’s eyes. Bonny will be capturing all of the lifestyle images and is also the art director. Bonny has a Bachelor of Design with a major in Photographic Design and a Master of Fine Arts. She is especially good at matching colours and tones within images, and pairs photographs together to help tell a story and create a mood. 

Graphic designer Amanda Pierson understands that I want something that is easy to read, fresh, clean and visually beautiful. With her considerable experience and expertise she will provide the final polish to this book. 

I have also commissioned 3 separate proof reading editors to check all of the spelling, grammar etc (all the stuff I’m not so good at! Did I just bracket again? Was I supposed to???)

Some of the lifestyle content Bonny has captured already for the book | MAKING RECIPES FROM THE BOOK ON A FAMILY OUTING. WE PICKED WILD BLACKBERRIES AND MADE JAM USING OUR HONEY AND AN APPLE. SERVED ON BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SCONES
Some of the lifestyle content Bonny has captured already for the book | MAKING RECIPES FROM THE BOOK ON A FAMILY OUTING. WE PICKED WILD BLACKBERRIES AND MADE JAM USING OUR HONEY AND AN APPLE. SERVED ON BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SCONES
WHY $50,000? 

This is just enough to cover my first print run (the largest chunk of the budget) as well as my graphic designer, lifestyle photographer, proof reading editors and it also covers the Kickstarter fees and taxes too. If I meet and then exceed my goal of $50,000, anything raised after that will go toward the food costs (as that is coming out of my families weekly budget at the moment) and I would also love to pay for a publicist and media campaign for when the book launches.

Tea towel for one of the rewards. Designed by Greta Mezies, printed at The Neighborhood Studio | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
Tea towel for one of the rewards. Designed by Greta Mezies, printed at The Neighborhood Studio | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
 
Medium size grazing table | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
Medium size grazing table | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
Medium size grazing table | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
Medium size grazing table | EXAMPLE OF PLEDGE REWARD
Grazing table details. Each dish has a handwritten sign made by me that sits in a recycled wooden holder made by my husband. The table is styled using Wundaire ceramics from my personal collection, as well as other favorite props.
Grazing table details. Each dish has a handwritten sign made by me that sits in a recycled wooden holder made by my husband. The table is styled using Wundaire ceramics from my personal collection, as well as other favorite props.
 
SUPPORTERS
I am so thankful for the support of some pretty amazing people and businesses who are on board to share this Kickstarter campaign on their social media pages. During the month of May while my Kickstarter is running, there will also be giveaways happening for people who pledge (some giveaways limited to country and age) and there will also be special guest blog posts too for more of an insight into me and self publishing! 

All info about the giveaways will be posted on my social media, my Instagram, and Facebook -  so keep an eye out!

Risks and challenges

My personal challenge, which is often a difficult one, is to balance family life with this book making as well as the other projects I take on (the magazine articles I write and styling and photography work I do for other companies) Luckily my amazing parents are lending a hand with the babysitting duties. What would I do without them?!

Self-publishing means I have a lot to organize to get the book to the printers in time but I THRIVE on being super organised! This being my second cookbook, I now have that knowledge and experience behind me of the first book.

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    HIGH FIVE!
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    TEA TOWEL
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    • It is a charcoal print on a 'natural' coloured tea towel (see pic in the campaign story)

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    COOKBOOK PRE ORDER
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    COOKBOOK PRE ORDER + TEA TOWEL
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    TWO COOKBOOK PRE ORDER + TEA TOWEL
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    PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING AND 'HOW TO SOCIAL MEDIA' WORKSHOP (WELLINGTON, NZ)

    Saturday 20th August 2016

    Do you have a business or blog that needs a little push? Are you not quite sure how to best represent your business online? Do you need help to making the content that you share fresh, cool and interesting?

    I can help! Because I have built my brand from the bottom up from an at-home mum who simply loved to cook to being a magazine columnist and publish cookbook author in under 2 years. I have learnt so much along the way that I would love to share with you and your business.

    It doesn't have to be just food, my class is for anyone! Or If you would prefer a one-on-one class just for you (I can come to you or we can Skype), please see my other reward.

    (AND, you can claim these classes as a business expense as I am GST registered!)

    The class will include:
    • My story and how I went from an at home mum to a published author
    • Tips on styling and photography
    • How to apply those styling and photography skills to your website and social media pages
    • How to gain genuine, engaging social media followers (without having to pay for them!)
    • A chance to meet people within your creative community to network with

    You will also receive:
    • A personally signed first-edition copy of my new cookbook sent anywhere in the world when it arrives
    • at the workshop, all class notes will be beautifully printed for you to take home
    • workshop also includes afternoon tea

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    PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING AND 'HOW TO SOCIAL MEDIA' WORKSHOP (AUCKLAND, NZ)

    Saturday 27th August 2016

    Do you have a business or blog that needs a little push? Are you not quite sure how to best represent your business online? Do you need help to making the content that you share fresh, cool and interesting?

    I can help! Because I have built my brand from the bottom up from an at-home mum who simply loved to cook to being a magazine columnist and publish cookbook author in under 2 years. I have learnt so much along the way that I would love to share with you and your business.

    It doesn't have to be just food, my class is for anyone! Or If you would prefer a one-on-one class just for you (I can come to you or we can Skype), please see my other reward.

    (AND, you can claim these classes as a business expense as I am GST registered!)

    The class will include:
    • My story and how I went from an at home mum to a published author
    • Tips on styling and photography
    • How to apply those styling and photography skills to your website and social media pages
    • How to gain genuine, engaging social media followers (without having to pay for them!)
    • A chance to meet people within your creative community to network with

    You will also receive:
    • A personally signed first-edition copy of my new cookbook sent anywhere in the world when it arrives
    • at the workshop, all class notes will be beautifully printed for you to take home
    • workshop also includes afternoon tea

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    BOOK COMBO
    You will receive:
    • three (3) personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook sent anywhere in the world
    • an invitation for you to attend the book launch party
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

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    BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP
    A private class for up to eight (8) people to have a basic beekeeping lesson with my husband Aaron. He has been raised in the apiary industry with inside knowledge of beekeeping from his stepfather and mum who have been in the business for 30+ years, and he spent a period of time working for Arataki honey, one of the largest honey producers in Australasia.

    In this class you will be travelling to one of our site locations, getting into a bee suit and Aaron will go through the basics of beekeeping. This class is suitable to beginners and intermediate level beekeepers.

    You must be available to do this class here in Wellington, New Zealand. Some travel might be needed as we have hives in the Wairarapa as well as Wellington. Site location to be confirmed.

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    PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE WORKSHOP

    Do you want to hire me for a 5 hour private class. I can teach you about styling and photography, how to build a website OR you might want to publish your own book and want some guidance! What ever you think that you would like to pick my brains about, I am here.

    We can meet up here in Wellington (travel to other parts of the country at an additional cost) OR we can Skype! (Worldwide)

    You will also receive:
    • A personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook sent anywhere in the world
    • an invitation for you to attend the book launch party
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    We'll work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

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    SMALL GRAZING TABLE
    Let me put together a grazing table (think of a grazing table as a huge antipasto platter; meats, cheese, dips, breads etc. See images in my campaign story for example) for your next party, wedding or event. Suitable for 25-30 people. We'll work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

    You will also receive:
    • three (3) personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook shipped anywhere in New Zealand
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    Am happy to travel to you if you live outside Wellington, New Zealand. Please note that the pledge does not include travel costs.

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    MEDIUM GRAZING TABLE
    Let me put together a grazing table (think of a grazing table as a huge antipasto platter; meats, cheese, dips, breads etc. See images in my campaign story for example) for your next party, wedding or event. Suitable for up to 45-50 people. We'll work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

    You will also receive:
    • three (3) personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook shipped anywhere in New Zealand
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    Am happy to travel to you if you live outside Wellington, New Zealand. Please note that the pledge does not include travel costs.

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    FAMILY OR FRIEND PICNIC SHOOT
    A styled beautiful picnic for you and your family or friends, up to eight (8) people, with delicious food and drink by Unna Burch of The Forest Cantina and photographed by Bonny Stewart MacDonald. If you have always wanted gorgeous images of a private little event for you and the ones you love, this package is perfect for you!

    We'll work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

    You will also receive:
    • a personally signed first-edition copy of my new cookbook
    • an invitation to attend the book launch party
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    We are happy to travel to you if you live outside Wellington, New Zealand. Please note that the pledge does not include our travel costs.

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    LARGE GRAZING TABLE
    Let me put together a grazing table (think of a grazing table as a huge antipasto platter; meats, cheese, dips, breads etc. See images in my campaign story for example) for your next party, wedding or event. Suitable for up to 75-80 people.

    You will also receive:
    • three (3) personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    Am happy to travel to you if you live outside Wellington, New Zealand. Please note that the pledge does not include travel costs.

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    A DINNER PARTY
    A private 3 course dinner party or lunch for eight (8) created and prepared by The Forest Cantina, Unna Burch. You will sit at a beautifully styled table, indulge your taste buds with beautifully selected food and paired wine. The event will also be photographed by Bonny Stewart MacDonald so you have images to keep forever.

    We suggest, if you want to do a dinner that we do this over summer so that we have the best possible light for amazing images for you. We'll work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

    Each guest will also receive:
    • a personally signed first-edition copy of my new cookbook
    • an invitation to attend the book launch party
    • the inclusion of your groups names in the acknowledgement page of the cookbook

    We are happy to travel to you if you live outside Wellington, New Zealand. Please note that the pledge does not include our travel costs.

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    THE ULTIMATE INVESTOR
    YES, you are one heck of an amazing person, and I would like to tailor-make a recipe and dedicate it to you in the book! Let me know your favourite food memory or favourite dish to eat and I will use that as inspiration to create something special. I will write a little bit about you and how the recipe came about in the recipe introduction.

    You will also receive:
    • ten (10) personally signed first-edition copies of my new cookbook for you to give away to your friends and family
    • an invitation to attend the book launch party
    • the inclusion of your name in the acknowledgment page of my cookbook

    PLUS…you will be a lifelong friend.

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