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 will be 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.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
Comestible will be published quarterly, aligned with the seasons, beginning with Spring 2016. The spring issue is all ready to go to the printer, and this crowdfunding campaign is to raise the print funds to bring the first 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.
The first issue will be 64 pages, and measure about 5.25 x 7.75 inches. It will be 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 will be 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 spring 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. That's going to change with Comestible! From this first issue onwards, you will hear directly from a farmer.
All of the reward packages come with a copy of Comestible: Spring 2016, sent straight to your doorstep. It's not printed yet, so I can't show you exactly what it looks like, but here's the papercut that is going to grace the cover.
For food and travel lovers:
Jacobsen Salt Co. Sea Salt Travel Tins
Speaking of picnics, you know what ever picnic needs? A travel tin of sea salt. Jacobsen Salt Co. harvests sea salt on the Oregon coast, and this travel tin will pack easily in any bag.
If you eat outside on a regular basis, you're also going to want some reusable cutlery. That's where the SnowPeak titanium spork comes in. Keep it in your backpack at all times: you never know when you're going to happen upon your next eating adventure.
Travel Coffee Setup from GSI Outdoors
Love coffee? Take the coffee habit outside with a stainless steel mug from GSI Outdoors and their Ultralight Java Drip. (Coffee not included, but I encourage you to buy some from your favorite local roaster.)
Portland Design Work's Bar-ista
Cuppow mason jar lids
Don't have a commuter mug but have a mason jar? Then you can turn it into a travel mug with a lid from Cuppow.
Temporary Food Tattoos
Show your love of real food with a temporary Tater Tat tattoo!
Small Batch Greeting Cards (screen printed with custom food dye made with beets and IPA
Make someone happy by sending them a card from Domestic Stencilworks, a cool company based in California who screenprints with various eco-friendly dyes made from things like coffee grounds, beets and IPA. Seriously! We've got both the MTNS and 5 RIDERS print, depending on whether you like mountains or bikes more.
For book lovers
Thanks to the Comestible contributors there are also several book packages.
Edible Paradise (a coloring book devoted to seasonal produce from Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Jessie Kanelos Weiner)
Bonjour Kale (a memoir about Paris and yes, your favorite leafy green, from Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Kristen Beddard)
My Paris Market Cookbook (a guide and cookbook inspired by Paris' many markets and food artisans, from Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Emily Dilling)
Myrtlewood: Homecooking from the Pacific Northwest (a beautiful tome to seasonal, regional cooking from the PNW by Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Andrew Barton)
Flavor (a publication from Two Plum Press by Sofie Sherman-Burton all about food and savoring food memories)
Paw Paw Pocket Cookbook (if you aren't familiar with paw paw - a fruit native to eastern North America - you need this book by Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Sara Bir)
The Culinary Cyclist (an ode to the slow life, by Anna Brones)
Sweeter off the Vine (a wonderful baking book inspired by seasonal fruits and berries, out March 2016, by Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Yossy Arefi).
Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break (all about my favorite coffee tradition, by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall)
Handmade cutting boards
Limited edition handmade cutting boards, made from upcycled wood and treated with olive oil. These are perfect for spring picnics. (Swiss Army knife not included).
Limited edition papercuts
Handmade by Anna Brones, ready to frame.
Upcycled bike tube earrings
Handmade by Anna Brones.
Limited edition "A Farmer's Hands" photo series, signed
The truth is that without farmers, we don't eat. This limited edition photo series from Comestible: Spring 2016 contributor Audra Mulkern shows the beauty of hardworking farmers' hands, the hands which, quite literally, feed us. Audra is the woman behind the Female Farmer Project, and this photo series is an exclusive to Comestible backers. The series includes four, 5x7" photos, all signed.
The Coffee Package
For the coffee lover, there are two extra special packages: a Coffee t-shirt from Domestic Stencilworks (printed with ink made from coffee grounds!!) and a copy of Anna Brones' most recent book, Paris Coffee Revolution.
Risks and challenges
The spring 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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