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Award-winning chefs deliver a taste victory for those undergoing cancer treatment—and anyone who loves food.
Award-winning chefs deliver a taste victory for those undergoing cancer treatment—and anyone who loves food.
Award-winning chefs deliver a taste victory for those undergoing cancer treatment—and anyone who loves food.
313 backers pledged $41,755 to help bring this project to life.

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Chemo Kitchen Cookbook: Master Chefs Changing Lives

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The most funded chemo project ever on Kickstarter!  

The Chemo Kitchen Cookbook is a collection of recipes written by award-winning chefs, created specifically for people going through taste-change during cancer treatment. Let’s help steal back some joy in food, and win little battles with taste while doctors fight the war.

  
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Why is this needed? 

  • Chemotherapy and other cancer-busting drugs are designed to kill fast growing cells. Great if you're hunting cancer tumors. Bad if you're a taste bud. 
  • Some people suffer unexpected alterations such as 'metal mouth' or just unusual taste change. 
  • For some, taste is wiped out completely.

Doctors are so focused on treatment (rightfully so!), warning people about taste is often overlooked. We’re in the camp where that’s unacceptable. So, meet our cookbook project.

We are tackling where cancer steals joy. We can help in the kitchen.

What we’ve got cookin’ 

To solve the immediate problem, we enlisted award-winning chefs from across the country with the single mission to tackle taste. The Chemo Kitchen Cookbook is a compilation of recipes created by them. 

  • Most recipes are around 8 ingredients 
  • 45 minutes from counter to plate
  • Created by award-winning chefs
  • Engineered for taste-change during chemo

Delicious dishes for people in treatment, sure, but the cookbook also provides an opportunity and place for the outpouring of support from people who want to help and just make a dish or two.

Kitchen Sink Fried Rice
Kitchen Sink Fried Rice

The food community is already full of passion. The desire to teach, help, mend and learn was immediately obvious when we tested the recipes during our very first test kitchen. Simply, reviews were outstanding. It worked!

Our plan and social mission

We want to get the cookbook in the hands of the caregivers, patients, and warriors in remission. 

Our ask is simple. We need funding to help build our first digital and hardcover cookbook. We need your support to get the cookbook printed and distributed. 

Sweet potato soup
Sweet potato soup

The need for upfront funding and this Kickstarter came from a desire to make this cookbook affordable so that it can be easily accessed by anyone who needs it. Print on demand makes it expensive. This is an issue because we are dreaming bigger than just a cookbook. 

Eventually we would like to build a community to give back to cancer research and patient care. The one stop shop online for people going through taste change caused by chemotherapy. 

This is all just a pipe dream until we can get cookbooks in the hands of people who need them. The cookbook is square one. But man, we get excited dreaming about what the next steps will be! 

Lamb Dip and Rosemary Biscuits
Lamb Dip and Rosemary Biscuits

Fund us today and join in our mission to bring joy into the life of someone with cancer. The more we raise, the better deals we get on printing and better opportunity we have to spread the word. It’s all about community and we want you to be part of ours! 

This is possible because of amazing partnerships

About a year ago, we started gathering recipes for the cookbook— we’ve now collected more than 50 compelling recipes from 30 award-winning chefs. The outpouring of support from the food world has been overwhelming! 

Pea Soup
Pea Soup

The video, branding, book and cover design was created in generous partnership with Wexley School for Girls. They understand that going through chemotherapy is a drag (to say the least) and have created a brand look that is intentionally joyful and whimsical. 

The Hot Stove Society, a Tom Douglas cooking school, welcomed us to prepare and test meals in their teaching kitchens for both people going through chemotherapy and their caregivers.

Canlis (which is continually rated one of the top restaurants in Seattle) opened exclusively for a test kitchen lunch with their award winning chef  Brady Williams sampling his recipes. 

The amazing team at America's Test Kitchen has been incredibly generous with their advice and recipes. Their support is a great feather in our cap.

Additional advisers include Blake Mycoskie, the founder of Tom’s shoes, the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and countless resources both in treatment centers and support groups. That said, we hope this is just the beginning.

 Our team

Left to right: Phil Abbess, Tara Cooke, Cal McAllister, Michelle Abbess, Amy Lower, Rob Scherzer, Jamie Roemer. Busy working hard: Shelby Kindem.

Goals

UNLOCKED! $10,000 raised—we’ll make the book spiral bound so it can stand up easily during cooking. 

UNLOCKED: $30,000 raised—we’ll make the book wipeable for easy cleaning. Why wipeable? Have you ever cooked with rookies like us? Of all the things in the kitchen that should be sturdy enough to survive splashes and spills, it’s this book. 

With your generous backing we envision a bright and generous future. 

Risks and challenges

To date, Chemo Kitchen has been funded with generous donations of time (lots) and money (not enough). Now, with chefs on board, book design and distribution plans in the works, and a solid proof of concept, it’s time to really get going. We want to get in market as soon as possible. We cringe at every story we hear while not having a book to give them.

Our next hurdle will be editing the recipes and paying for printing and distribution. The funding we need to hire an editor, pay for printing and distribution and cover Kickstarter fees will be raised through this campaign. Basically, if we raise $40,000 we can do our first print run and break even.

There are other cancer cookbooks. Some created by the drug companies themselves. So, it is not a new market. But no one has approached it this way. We are not trying to replace nutritionists. In fact, we work with them. Using award-winning chefs is how we're tackling making food even sound good, which is part of the battle.

We are really here to help with taste and even that is subjective. We aren't offering a cure, or a quick fix--just some yummy recipes that we hope will taste good and bring a smile during this tough time. And if they don't, some tips from experts to help make all your favorite recipes taste better.

Another challenge is that since every cancer is different, everyone's nutritional needs are different. At the advice of doctors and nutritionists, some people shouldn't have any sugar, fiber or raw foods. Some people are encouraged to eat as many calories as they can to keep their weight and strength up (yes, even highly controversial sugar!)

Listen to the experts. Follow their advise. Use the recipes from the cookbook that apply to you. Someday soon, we hope that you can explore all the recipes as your health returns. But always consult your team of experts to ensure you are getting expert advice specific to you.

Again, we are not experts. Just a small group of people who want to help make things taste better. We hope you'll join us.

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    DIGITAL COOKBOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

    You asked, here we go! Many of you told us cooking means mobile and want a digital-only version. Well, let’s make this unlimited and give earliest access. Please spread the word! JUST ADDED 7/9!

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    1 COOKBOOK: LIMITED EARLY BIRD PRICING

    Be one of the first 50 people and get this exclusive price on 1 first edition cookbook + early access to the digital cookbook.

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    1 x COOKBOOK

    One Chemo Kitchen Cookbook + early access to the digital cookbook. Want to get the book in someone else's hands? We'll send it to them from you.

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    2 x COOKBOOKS

    Two Chemo Kitchen Cookbooks + early access to the digital cookbook. Want to get the book in someone else's hands? We'll send it to them from you.

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    4 x COOKBOOKS

    Be one of the first people to get this discounted price on 4 first edition Chemo Kitchen Cookbooks + early access to the digital cookbook.

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    DONATE 10 x CHEMO KITCHEN COOKBOOKS

    Change the world with us; We'll send 10 Chemo Kitchen Cookbooks to the cancer care facility of your choice + one directly to you. We have a waiting list for facilities who are interested if you don't have one. Your name will also be included in the acknowledgement section of the cookbook.

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    DONATE 20 COOKBOOKS = CHARTER MEMBER

    20 Chemo Kitchen Cookbooks to the cancer care facility of your choice + one directly to you. We have a waiting list for facilities who are interested if you don't have one. Your name will also be included in the acknowledgement section of the cookbook.

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    DONATE 30 = FOUNDING PARTNER

    Good karma? Check! 30 cookbooks donated to the cancer care facility of your choice? Check! Our eternal adulation and a "founding partner" plaque? Check!

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    PERSONAL CHEF FOR 6

    Since our firstborn children aren’t up for grabs…how does dinner prepared by an award-winning chef sound?! He or she will create an inspired dinner for you and your five closest friends. Plus first edition copies of the Chemo Kitchen Cookbook.

    We will work directly with you to schedule a date within the next 12 months. Travel costs & bar not included. Chef tbd by Chemo Kitchen. Limited to Seattle, WA.

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