Tea & Honey Cookbook - Ancient Ingredients, Modern Flavours
Tea & Honey Cookbook - Ancient Ingredients, Modern Flavours
We are creating this cookbook to explore the use of tea and honey in food using a range of both common and unusual techniques.
We are creating this cookbook to explore the use of tea and honey in food using a range of both common and unusual techniques. Read more
Tea & Honey – a Cookbook Project
We are Ben the Photographer and Jeff the Chef from Australia Flavours food Experience and we would like to welcome you to our first Kickstarter Campaign - the Tea & Honey Cookbook.
Both tea and honey are foods that have been cultivated for thousands of years, and loved by an immense proportion of the World’s population.
With this cookbook we wanted to explore the range of flavours and combinations that could be created with these two ingredients. We have attempted to push the boundaries of what is considered the common uses of tea and honey, and create a selection of delicious and one-of-a-kind recipes, as well as twists on the old favourites. On the sustainability side, we have made it possible for many of the tea recipes to reuse tea leaves, for example, that went to making your daily cup. This is especially true for green tea and black tea.
We also wanted the readers to consider the use of varietal honeys within their cooking. As an example, Australian varietal honey types such as Blue Gum Honey, Ironbark Honey and Leatherwood Honey are all quite individually distinctive and wildly different in flavour. This provides many more options for obtaining unique flavour combinations with different styles of tea and food. Similarly varities such as Acacia Honey, Buckwheat Honey and Clover Honey will all vary considerably.
Coming from Australia and its culturally diverse society, the recipe concepts originate from a broad cross-section of regional influences. We have used Australian local produce to construct much of the cookbook.
Additionally, we wanted the book to be as visually stunning as the recipes are delicious, with beautiful food photography and design. We want the book to be prominently displayed (hopefully on your kitchen bench) as you experience creating the flavours incorporated within.
This cookbook is a joint venture between Chef Jeffrey Simonetta and Photographer Benjamin Townsend as the first cookbook in a larger project known as Australian Flavours Food Experience (www.australianflavours.com.au). Australian Flavours has been an ongoing side development between Jeff and Ben over the last few years. Its intention is to promote the return of eating for taste and flavour, and highlight the use of quality and locally sustainable produce to create delicious food.
The projects were on a slow burn for a number of years, as trying to find spare time with a working chef of Jeff’s calibre can be a tricky proposition. A recent work injury and consequent surgeries have put Jeff out of restaurant kitchens for the moment, which have allowed him to dedicate a vital portion of his time to create new recipes for these projects.
Some of the recipes contained within the Tea & Honey Cookbook are;
- Traditional Madeleines with Earl Grey Tea
- Matcha Green Tea Cookies with White chocolate Chunks
- Char Sui Pork with Honey and Black Tea Glaze
- Tea Souffle and Honey Nougat Whip
- Green Tea Soba Noodles with Jasmine Chicken Broth
- Chamomile Tea Cakes with Lemon Glaze
- Chamomile and Blue Gum Honey Biscotti
- Chai Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream
- Spiced Chai Pannacotta
- Chinese Tea Eggs
- Green Tea Crepe Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- BBQ Whole Fish with Tea Stuffing
- Earl Grey Crumpets
- Genmaicha Tea and Honey Gelato
- Honey Puffs
- Japanese Ochazuke with Green Tea Stock
- Tea and Honey Butter
- Braised Beef Cheeks in Rooibos Tea
- Lemon Tea Brined Slow Roast Chicken
- any many more...
The book itself will be a premium softcover cookbook printed in full colour. The covers will have a fold-in flap to protect the edges, and will be produced using a heavy-weight stock with a laminate finish.
The inside of the cookbook will be 192 pages printed on a high-quality coated paper stock to help protect against small splashes during cooking, and to provide a pleasing heft to the book.
The content will of course be a considerable variety of delicious tea and honey recipes, each with its' own photograph. In addition there will be some small background on the primary ingredients, tea and honey, as well as pages on flavours profiles and pairings.
The book will be finished with those elements that are not so glamorous but extremely useful such as a decent index, temperature and measures conversions, and an ingredients alternative names table.
All of the recipes for the book have been written, perhaps with the exception of some minor editing. About 70% of the food photography has been completed.
The goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to complete the book, do an initial print-run, and to post to our backers.
An overview of the expected costs are;
- Food & styling elements for the remaining photography
- Book design, editing and proofing
- Production of additional reward elements
- Printing and Shipping
- Postage to backers
- Kickstarter, Paypal, and Currency Conversion fees
- Taxes as applicable
Funds are to be kept separate from day to day accounts and will be used strictly for the production and printing of the book.
We hope you like our project and we would like to thank you in advance for supporting us.
Risks and challenges
As the majority of content has already been produced for the book, we do not see any appreciable delays in its completion. About 70% of the recipes have been photographed, with only a few more days of photoshoot and some small amount of writing to complete. These may in fact be done by the time the campaign is finished.
The main areas of risk foreseeable are with the proofing and printing of the book, and subsequent shipping back to home base, however these would also be considered to be minimal. Risks in this area have been at least partially preempted and minimised by selecting good quality suppliers.
Overseas printing of the book will reduce cost by a fair amount, however at the expense of an increase in the timeframes (by about 2 months). At the current time we would head along this path, however should higher funding goals be met we would be able to print locally and deliver sooner.
Any delays for any reasons (considered or unforeseen) would be communicated as quickly as possible to our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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