The Troll Cookbook
“A Taste of Something Different—Simple Foods Any Troll Can Make”
STRETCH GOAL: $15,000 will cover the full cost of printing! THANK YOU!!
About this project
Dromedary Press is raising funds to help publish its eighth book—a monstrous one with a heartfelt message. The Troll Cookbook will be a 304-page illustrated family cookbook that puts people back in touch with healthy, seasonal food. The cookbook is the creation of the award-winning duo Karima Cammell and Clint Marsh.
A Taste of Something Different
Where there are wild places, there are trolls, wily nature-dwelling shapeshifters who possess the secrets of transformation. As humans, we tap into the “old magic” of the trolls every time we use our creativity—especially in the kitchen. Drawing from the rich imagery and dark humor of troll legends from around the world, The Troll Cookbook imparts culinary skills, practical slow-food knowledge, and primal confidence to cooks wishing to harness the power of these chaotic, curious, self-reliant creatures.
Advance Praise for “The Troll Cookbook”
Author Eli Brown (Cinnamon and Gunpowder and The Feasts of Tre-Mang) says in his foreword to The Troll Cookbook: “At the heart of troll cooking is a simplicity we can all benefit from. Behind these recipes is an ethos for life: gather edibles, cook until done, enjoy with friends. As with all good stories, bravery is rewarded here. Give them a chance and they will surprise you with their moss-covered wisdom and handcarved-spoon practicality.”
Chef Kelsie Kerr (owner of Standard Fare and Alice Waters’ co-author for The Art of Simple Food and The Art of Simple Food II) says: “Karima and Clint—along with a merry and menacing trove of trolls—have written a refreshing and inspiring book, inviting and challenging each of us to have fun in the kitchen and the field. I love their alchemical connection of folklore, nature, and food, and their gentle but insistent prodding to believe in our internal culinary intuition.”
Philip Carr-Gomm (Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids; author of The Book of English Magic) says: “This is a book that will…get stained with cooking oil and dog-eared for your favourite recipes, and the kids will feast on the pictures while you cook up one of Karima’s delights. I love this book!”
Taking Publishing Back to Basics
Author and publisher Karima Cammell says:
The Troll Cookbook is about transformation and food—two things that make it the perfect project for crowdfunding. In the book, Clint and I talk about the magic of transforming raw ingredients into a nourishing meal you can share with others.
What’s interesting is that a similar transformation is shaking up book publishing. Just as in the music industry, artists and authors are seeing the importance of getting back to basics and connecting directly with their readers. And just like a catchy song or a tasty meal, a good book is something you’ll want to share.
I decided to launch The Troll Cookbook on Kickstarter rather than trying a more traditional publishing route. I know I can make award-winning books that people love. The Dromedary Press track record shows it, and I hear it from the people who visit Castle in the Air every day. I’ve made a living based on DIY (do-it-yourself) ethics, and when I share my work with others who enjoy it, the satisfaction is that much greater because I’ve created art exactly as I envisioned it.
As a reader, you can feel the same kind of satisfaction when you find a book that seems to be made just for you. Brilliant minds make magical new books every day, even though not all of them are on the bookstore shelf or the bestseller list.
What separates independent publishers from the established houses isn’t talent, but reach. We haven’t got the same big budgets to spread the word. This is where crowdfunding helps, and where your involvement is so crucial.
Let’s Get Cooking
We’re using Kickstarter to tell you about The Troll Cookbook for three reasons.
We believe that:
1. You’ll love the cookbook’s message of simple and delicious food that’s a joy to share.
2. You crave having a hand in making great art happen.
3. You know others who will love The Troll Cookbook as much as you do.
A pledge of any amount is a generous vote of confidence. Thank you! No matter the pledge level, you are telling the world that you believe in the future of independent book publishing, and that you’re making it happen.
A pledge of $35 or more pays for a copy of The Troll Cookbook that will teach you the culinary wisdom of the trolls. Best of all, you can share the book—and the food—with your friends! Your generous pledge ensures that you’ll be among the very first people to learn about the transformative power of troll cooking.
Enter the World of the Trolls
The Troll Cookbook celebrates good food and togetherness throughout the year. With more than 180 recipes and troll cooking techniques in its pages, every day can be an adventure. You might find yourself searching for tasty morsels at the farmers’ market, in the nearby wilderness, or in the uncharted territory of your own refrigerator. The whole time you’ll be kept company by the collection of trolls found in Karima Cammell’s whimsical watercolor paintings.
Dromedary Press has assembled a cornucopia of gift-packs to prepare you for the journey. In addition to the book itself, you can explore the world of the trolls through greeting cards complete with recipes, hefty stoneware mugs, and specially made troll kitchen tools. In addition, Dromedary is offering sets of its other books, which feature adventurous tales of creativity, courage, and kindness. And for the biggest backers, the trolls have prepared some extra-special prizes. Details for each of the gift packs are given in the pledge levels sidebar.
So much has gone into the making of The Troll Cookbook since we first dreamed it up about five years ago. Since then we’ve devoted countless hours to brainstorming, research, writing, revisions, editing, recipe testing, and design. For long stretches of time The Troll Cookbook has been a full-time job in itself.
So many resources have gone into the pre-press stage, and there's no stopping the project, but now that the book is nearly here we would love for you to be a part of the launch.
A successful campaign will go toward our printing bill—which stands at $15,000—and get The Troll Cookbook into the hands of many people eager to learn the secrets of troll cooking. To sweeten the deal, we’ve brought together a treasure hoard of gift-packs that will transform your home into a troll kitchen. Besides the book, there are greeting cards (blank inside with recipes printed on the back), hefty stoneware mugs perfect for hot drinks or a serving of soup, carved birchwood cups, iron place settings, copper cookie cutters, aprons from CP Shades, simple and delicious foods from a secret troll farmstead, Karima’s famous “apple troll” dolls, assortments of other books from Dromedary Press, prints of the book’s illustrations, and even a selection of original watercolors from the pages of The Troll Cookbook.
We’ve tried to guess which combinations might delight you the most. But if you have something else in mind, let us know! Just click the “Ask a Question” button to get in touch. Trolls love to barter and bargain, so there’s no reason we can’t work out a deal that will get you the perfect gift-pack and move The Troll Cookbook closer to full funding.
Karima Cammell is a painter, author, and publisher admired for her merging of art, business, and personal philosophy. In 2001, she founded Castle in the Air, a shop and classroom in Berkeley, California which grew to become a destination for artists and dreamers from around the world. Her list of award-winning books includes Pirate & Hoopoe, Commonplace Mouse, and Commonplace Birthday, and her creations have been featured in numerous publications including Where Women Create, Victoria, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the upcoming issue of Faerie.
Clint Marsh uses elements of myth, magic, folklore, and humor to help people navigate everyday life. His first book, The Mentalist’s Handbook, updated Victorian spiritual techniques for modern readers. Under the pen name Reginald Bakeley, he wrote the satirical Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, which was awarded the Bookseller/Diagram Prize. Clint is the editor of Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine.
More information about The Troll Cookbook and other books can be found at the Dromedary Press website, www.dromedarypress.com.
Risks and challenges
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