M Y R T L E W O O D
Home cooking from the pacific northwestAN INTRODUCTION:
MYRTLEWOOD is a book of seasonal cooking, celebrating the practice of taking cues from what can be found in neighborhood gardens, farmer's markets, and small shops, then utilizing them to the utmost at home. It was made in real time, in an apartment kitchen and backyard garden, between the winter of 2014 and the summer of 2015.
This book is a collaboration between cook/writer Andrew Barton, photographer Peter Schweitzer, and stylist Kate Schweitzer– all from SECRET RESTAURANT PORTLAND.
The name MYRTLEWOOD comes from this beautiful tree, a lauraceae, a member of the laurel family and an evergreen, a native only to Oregon and northern California. The town nearest where it first appears is a place Andrew spent many childhood summer weekends. Many of the bowls and plates used in this book are fashioned from myrtlewood, which is fitting with our vision to focus on locally sourced ingredients and products.
The recipes inside these pages are influenced by both the local and worldwide food landscape. Andrew is a self-taught cook, garnering influence from his cultural/family heritage, from the practice of running an underground supper club, from traveling with a fork in hand, and from extensively reading classic food writers (Elizabeth David, MFK Fischer) and current visionaries (Nigel Slater, Chad Robertson).
We have sourced from Andrew's home garden throughout the project, also using ingredients gifted by friends who work on farms, buying from farmer's markets, and by foraging in nearby forests.
At the same time we have really tried to "keep it real," not only by shooting in a lived-in, shared dwelling, but also by using a vast array of ingredients available in everyone's local grocery store. The ingredients for Myrtlewood were purchased on a small budget (Andrew works at a nonprofit preschool) and each recipe was created with accessibility in mind. We want these meals to be affordable for everyone and attainable with any skill set. We hope to have been quite instructional in the writing, so that anyone can pick up new techniques or really discover cooking through it.
All this work was done in and around Andrew's home kitchen. The writing was done in notebooks and a trusty laptop, usually in moments before or after school, or late at night by lamplight. The recipes were sent to friends around the country for testing.
The highlight of each shoot, for all of us, was enjoying the meal after it'd been cooked and documented. Usually it was three of us, sometimes just the two, but often a few other friends too. The creation of the book felt collaborative in every sense.
You can get a taste of our recipes on our instagram @myrtlewoodpnw
Our independence has driven this project from the beginning. We began with the idea "hey! we should shoot a cookbook." and here we are, fifty photo shoots and hundreds of recipes later, ready to share our project with you. We deeply value our current community, and Kickstarter allows us to continue to expand our community. We want the completion of this book to be a personal process, as it is our passion. Rather than handing it off to a publisher and hoping for the best, we will be seeing it through all stages. We will even be the ones packaging it up and sending it to you this winter.
THE BOOK ITSELF:
We are working with a local Portland print shop located quite literally down the street from Andrew's house. They have printed several of our projects in the past (and projects of good friends). It feels great to be placing our book into trusted hands. Being so close to the printer allows us the opportunity to be actively engaged with production of our book, eliminating all the middlemen normally present in the author / designer / publisher / printer relationship.
We look forward to walking down through the tree lined neighborhood to see the first test print, just because we can.
The book will be 8.5" x 11", approximately 200 pages in length, on Cougar Opaque Natural finish paper, perfect bound, with a heavyweight matte finish cover.
Our goal is to produce a first-edition of 1000 copies. All funds raised will go toward production costs for Myrtlewood.
DONATIONS & REWARDS:
If you are interested in showing your support, you can donate any amount, at any time!
For each $35, you are rewarded a copy of the book. If you are interested in making a larger donation, please note how many books you'd like that donation to include.
We offer the following traditional ways to show your support:
1. $15- 5 Beautifully printed 4x6 cards: full bleed photograph on one side, written recipe on the other side. Perfect for sharing with a friend or posting on your fridge.
2. $20- Letterpress Poster : A beautiful poster, hand printed by Andrew, using old wooden type, featuring the epigraph from Myrtlewood: "Up north, back to the pines, the mushrooms, the people, the ideas. - Anton Chekhov" Minimalist color palate, reflecting the aesthetic of the book.
3. $25- Early-Bird Cookbook Pre-order ($10 off): a first-edition copy of Myrtlewood. (Limited to 25)
4. $35- Cookbook Pre-order: a first-edition copy of Myrtlewood.
5. $45- Cookbook Pre-order: a first-edition copy of Myrtlewood + 5 Recipe Post Cards ($5 off!)
6. $55- Cookbook Pre-order: a first edition copy of Myrtlewood + Letterpress Poster
7. $65- Cookbook Pre-order: a first edition copy of Myrtlewood + Letterpress Poster + Recipe Cards
8. $70- Pre-order of 2 (Two) first edition copies of Myrtlewood.
9. $100- Pre-order of 3 (Three) first edition copies of Myrtlewood (save $5!)
10. $100- A seat at a special Secret Restaurant event, in Portland, just for kickstarter backers + Cookbook Pre-order: a first-edition copy of Myrtlewood.
11. $100- A seat at a (second) special Secret Restaurant event, in Portland, just for kickstarted backers + Cookbook Pre-order: a first-edition copy of Myrtlewood.
12. $125- Pre-order of 4 (Four) first edition copies of Myrtlewood (save $15!)
13. $1000- Your own private Secret Restaurant event at your location (in the Portland area, for up to 10 people). Includes a copy of the first edition Myrtlewood cookbook for each guest. We will work together to schedule this within the next year.
ABOUT THE TEAM:
ANDREW BARTON is a preschool teacher by day. He has run Secret Restaurant Portland (a monthly supper club) collaboratively since 2010, putting on dinners for 15-60 people, themes and style varying upon location and inspiration. He also curates, edits, designs, and letterpress prints a series of books under the name Two Plum Press.
PETER SCHWEITZER is an engineer by trade. He has been shooting as a freelance photographer for the past 10 years and has captured the mood of Secret Restaurant Portland since 2012. He continues to work on a daily photo project reaching back to 2006. You can find this work on his blog.
KATE SCHWEITZER spends her days as a visual artist and nanny. She has been responsible for the floral, settings, and arrangements for Secret Restaurant Portland since 2012. She can often be found creating botanical drawings, collecting flowers, bugs, and mushrooms, or hiding in her library, reading her new favorite book.
VIDEO: Shot and edited by Peter Schweitzer.
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Risks and challenges
We went ahead, we did the work, and it's mostly done: photography, recipes, testing, and design.
We'll continue this summer editing text and photos, design and sequence, but mostly what remains is the printing.
There are always possibilities of delays with printing, but we are working with a trusted Portland printer to have these books printed and distributed by December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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