About this project
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Lewis Road Creamery
- Fancy New Zealand Design Blog
- Twig & Arrow
- The Neighbourhood Studio
- All Good Organics
- Karma Cola
- Pop Roc Parties
- Rogue Society Gin
- Wellington Chocolate Factory
- Kowtow Clothing
- Citta Design
- Father Rabbit
- Capital Magazine
- Homestyle Magazine
- Studio Home Blog
- Flora Waycott
- Regal Salmon
- Coffee Supreme
- Antipodes Water
- Huia Wine
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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