WHAT IS COMESTIBLE?
In this day and age we are inundated with food media; glossy food magazines, elaborate food blogs, celebrity status chefs. But has all of this made us eat better? Not quite.
We live in a world of extremes, obesity and fast food on one end and the superfood craze on the other. Certainly there has to be something in between. This is where Comestible comes in. Part food narrative, part food guide, part cookbook, this is a journal devoted to real food.
Comestible is themed by season, based on the belief that we should all live a little more in balance with the natural world, not just because it's what makes sense, but because it's what's good for us. There are guides to what's in season (think of it like a simplified Farmer's Almanac) and how to put that food to use; the kind of guidebook you wish was available next to the farmers market stand when you're wondering what to do with all those vegetables.
Ultimately, Comestible is a celebration of real food, accessible to real people. Simple, informative and fun, Comestible should inspire you to do more with your food. To cook something, the plant tomatoes, to build a beehive.
Comestible is about celebrating the one thing that sustains us and brings us together, no matter who we are or where we are in the world.
Summer 2016 Issue
Thanks to Kickstarter supporters, the Spring 2016 was successfully funded and printed and now it's time for the summer issue! As a small publication just getting off the ground, I don't have the capital to pay for the printing and production costs up front, but thankfully, crowdfunding allows supporters to pre-order the summer issue at the same time as supporting independent publishing.
Here is a taste of what awaits you in the summer issue:
- An excerpt from Simran Sethi’s book Bread, Wine, Chocolate : The Slow Loss of Foods We Love
- A trip to coffee origin with Eileen P. Kenny
- An exploration of the vineyard and the world of natural wine with j.brix winemaker Emily Towe
- A look into the world of natural dyeing by Sasha Duerr
- Seasonal recipes to take advantage of summer ingredient favorites, like sweet corn, tomatoes, cherries and more.
- Illustrations (that yes, you can color!) by Jessie Kanelos Weiner
- Papercut illustrations by me, Anna Brones
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
Comestible is published quarterly, aligned with the seasons. The summer issue is in the final stages of being finished and getting ready to send to the printer. This crowdfunding campaign is to raise the print funds to bring this second issue to life.
As an author and freelance writer myself, I believe in paying people for their work, and a portion of this crowdfunding campaign will go to paying the contributors.
Comestible is 64 pages, and measures about 5.25 x 7.75 inches. It is bound in saddle stitch, to make it easier to open and lay flat when you're putting it on your kitchen counter to make a recipe. It is printed on recycled, FSC-certified paper at a local, Pacific Northwest-based printer. In other words: produced and harvested in the USA.
OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE COMESTIBLE UNIQUE
However, there are some pretty cool visuals. Illustrations are done by Jessie Kanelos Weiner, and there's a full spread of seasonal produce that you can color if you feel like it! The cover is a papercut made by me, Anna Brones, and there are several more papercuts throughout Comestible.
The spring issue will be full of recipes that are made to put summer produce to good use (even some foraged ingredients!), from appetizers to main dishes to desserts.
In food media, we often talk a lot about making food, but we rarely hear from the people who produce our food. Every issue of Comestible features a section written by farmer Sarah Cassidy.
All of the reward packages $12 and over come with a copy of Comestible: Summer 2016, sent straight to your doorstep.
Handmade, reclaimed wood cutting boards
These were very popular in the campaign for the Spring 2016 issue of Comestible, so we are bringing them back, and have a few more available this time. Limited edition handmade cutting boards, made from upcycled wood and treated with olive oil. Perfect for summer adventures.
Limited edition Comestible cups and mugs
Beautiful handmade cups (that's without a handle) and mugs (with a handle) with the Comestible logo from Laura Cooke Ceramics. Note that this is a rendering of the papercut on the cup/mug, so size and coloring may differ in the final product.
Seasonal Color Wheel Print
Just like food is seasonal, so is color. We will learn exactly that in the summer issue of Comestible thanks to Sasha Duerr. She has generously offering a few of her Seasonal Color Wheel Prints, a gorgeous addition to an office or studio wall.
Single edition recipe papercuts
As you know, there are many papercuts (including the cover) featured in Comestible. For generous supporters I will make a single edition papercut featuring some of my favorite recipes. Here is an example of one that I made for rhubarb compote this spring.
Risks and challenges
The Summer 2016 issue of Comestible is designed, edited and ready to go to the printer. With your help we can bring this edition to life!
The only thing that needs to happen in order to proceed is your help to get it to the printer. Once we do that, there are external factors like environmental disasters that may slow Comestible from getting out into the world, but eventually it will.
When the project is fully funded, the first issue of Comestible will get sent off to the printer. It will only happen with your help, so thank you so much for being excited about and supportive of independent publishing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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