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Hi! My name is Amanda and I am an American who has been living, writing, and cooking in China for nearly four years. China’s favored dish, the dumpling (or jiaozi in Chinese), can be found on every street corner, in every restaurant, and in every kitchen in China, but they are all pretty much prepared the same way: a bit of meat, some garlic and ginger, and a bit of vegetables if you’re lucky. Even a visit to the freezer section at any grocery store displays hundreds of packages of dumplings that all look and taste the same. But the dumpling is so versatile! Have you ever tried stuffing a dumpling with chicken? Refried beans? Cheesecake filling? No? Hardly anyone has! My cookbook, Crazy Dumplings, takes this simple staple food and prepares it in ways you never thought possible! From buffalo chicken dumplings to pizza dumplings to apple pie dumplings, a world of foods is available to you in an easy dumpling wrapper with Crazy Dumplings.
About the Book
Crazy Dumplings will contain 40 of my original dumpling recipes plus dumpling recipes submitted by backers (see rewards for details), the dumpling wrapper recipe, and several original sauce and dip recipes such as buffalo sauce, guacamole, and salsa. There are dumpling recipes for appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
I have done my best to include some vegetarian recipes; however, vegan or gluten-free ingredients are nearly impossible for me to get where I live. If this book reaches its goal, though, I will release a vegan & gluten-free dumpling book next year when I am back in America for holiday. Sponsors of this book will be the first to know when I start working on that future project.
What the Money Goes For
Cookbooks are crazy expensive to print due to the color pictures. The goal of $3,000 will cover:
- Professional trade paperback printed copies of the book
- Professional photography
- Food (for testing and retesting recipes)
- Kitchen supplies
- An editor
- A book cover
- An ISBN
- Ebook conversion
- Swag for sponsors
- Shipping costs for swag and books
- Kickstarter and Amazon charges (5-8% of funds raised)
Of course, the main goal of the campaign is to produce the awesome Crazy Dumplings cookbook. You will receive an e-version at the $5 level or a hard copy version for just $15.
But we have other cool rewards as thank yous as well.
At the $15 dollar level, all backers will receive a hard copy version of the cookbook and a random free paper cutting bookmark!
At the $20 level, you will get the amazing dumpling dumplinger to help you make perfect dumplings every single time!
At the $25 level, you will receive a crazy tote bag! They are good for the environment!
At the $30 level, you will get a set of custom carved chopsticks!
At the $35 level, you will receive a crazy framed shadow puppet!
At the $45 and $50 levels, you will receive a small or large tin of my very own crazy dumpling tea blend! This tea is crazy good. It starts with a light, green tea base, then some delicate jasmine flowers are added infused with peaches, then a strawberry infused oolong tea is added, followed by a fruit blend of apples, roselles, orange peels, and pineapples. It is finally super sweetened with a hit of blueberries. It is sooo good and the perfect partner for all of the crazy dumplings, sweet or savory!
*Important information for backers with shipping addresses in China*
If you are in China, you do not have to pay the extra $10 for shipping on your reward tier since I can ship to you from inside the country. That means that people in the US and China get free shipping on all tiers! (There was just no way to indicate that in the tiers themselves.) If you have any questions about this, just message me.
*Important information for backers who do not have Amazon Payments*
If you do not have an Amazon Payments account, please send me a message and we will work something out. I can accept Paypal and I can accept direct deposits from any bank in China.
I have had dumplings on the brain for the last year, so the more money the campaign earns, the more recipes I can include in the book.
I have been writing about my life in China for 4 years on my website, Two Americans in China; be sure to check it out. This is where I will also be posting most of my public updates and giving shout-outs to backers. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook for more updates and shout-outs. I also post pretty pictures of dumplings on Pintrest. Be sure to join my mailing list for even more updates, information, and free stuff!
Risks and challenges
The biggest issue will be managing the project from overseas. I live in China, but the books and swag will be sent to my mother-in-law in America. Thankfully, through the internet, I will be able to manage most of the production of the books and items online, but the actual shipping will have to be done by someone in the states. But I have an amazing mother-in-law and sister-in-law who are willing to help me out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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