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A coffee-table book that shares food histories from Lifting Voices kids. We're a nonprofit. We believe all kids have something to say.

About This Book

This coffee-table book, Counter Culture, collects food histories from the kids we work with at Lifting Voices, a non-profit that runs writing workshops with 200 kids in under-served DC communities.  We believe that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, have something to say and deserve the opportunity to be heard.  For this writing project, we picked 10 of our amazing kids and put them to work writing about their favorite meals.  Their essays are moving, thoughtful, full of life.

An amazing cadre of photographers is capturing vivid images that give visual dimension to the kids’ essays.  These images show our kids in their homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods.  They show our kids being funny, warm, delightfully human.  These remarkable photos show that our kids are, well, kids!

We also are honored to have written contributions from culinary masters who share their food memories and why food is so important to them, including from José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn, Robert Egger, and more to come.

Food unites people.  You have a favorite food, and so do I.  So do all the kids in this book.  I hope that this book will be a gathering place for readers and the kids we serve.  Counter Culture will be a beautiful, lasting testament to kids who deserve to shine.

Description of the Book

Counter Culture will run to approximately 150 pages in a hardcover coffee-table book.  The book will contain 10 kids’ essays, essays from culinary masters, incredible illustrations from Gaia, and gorgeous photographs of our kids in action.  We will also publish a limited-edition volume which will serve as an artifact on the shelves of collectors.

Counter Culture is a labor of love, and we want to thank the creative team that is sleeplessly working to bring it to fruition:

  • Martha Benyam:  Editor-in- Chief & Creative Director, Counter Culture; Executive Producer, Project Video
  • Oliver Lukacs: Director & Executive Producer, Project Video
  • Gaia: Artist and illustrator
  • Josh Cogan, John Healey, Yacouba Tanou, Nicole Wolf, Josh Yospyn: Photographers
  • Daoud Emam: Graphic Designer

Design

Here is a partial layout from Tyla's "Warm & Cozy" story.  Please note: production is still underway, so this is a work in progress--edits continue.

How Funds Will Be Used

Most of the funds will be spent on production and printing costs: we plan to print beautiful, hardcover books.  A majority of the creative professionals we’re working with have donated their time and are working pro bono, which is both a gift we’re grateful for and an indication of how much they value the project.  However, we do need to pay for some production and creative services.

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