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About this project

Culture Kitchen's mission is to spread culture through food; to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to experience a foreign culture at its most intimate, through the diverse people and cultures around them. 

We began in San Francisco, hosting cooking classes where those who know best, immigrants to the US, taught the preparation of authentic, ethnic food. Not classically trained chefs, but men and women with a lifetime of experience. Now, we are thrilled to introduce an even more convenient way to experience authentically ethnic cuisine: The Culture Kitchen Kits. These curated monthly shipments of generations-old recipes and hard-to-find ingredients make it easy for you for create real, everyday ethnic food in your own home.

Culture Kitchen Kits contain far more than its ample physical contents. Each kit embodies the story of the Master Cook that was pivotal to its design. Our Kits were not compiled by a single culinary school graduate with a broad education in international cuisine but individually crafted by an astoundingly talented man or woman who learned his/her wares through years of impassioned routine, experts in the practical application of their respective culture’s cuisine. Our Master Cooks brought their generations-old recipes with them when they immigrated to the US. These are not formally trained chefs. There is no fusion, no molecular gastronomy: just passionate people who love cooking, and love sharing their culture through food.

What's in a Culture Kitchen Kit?

Each kit features a different Culture Kitchen Master Cook, feeds 4-6 people and contains: 

(1) All the hard-to-find ingredients in the exact quantities you’ll need 

(2) Three recipes with step-by-step directions, helpful photos and a comprehensive shopping list for fresh items and pantry staples 

(3) Personal stories from our unique Master Cooks, as well as tips & tricks cultivated from a lifetime of practice

Why Kickstarter?

So far, we have shipped 6 months of Culture Kitchen Kits (see previous kits here) and the response has been tremendous. To meet demand, we are looking to develop another SIX Kits! This means more manpower and time to plan, with our Master Cooks, the development of new kits and once done, to photograph, film and assemble them. For our next round we'll capture live cooking videos to help you along your culinary and cultural journey. With each of these six new kits, we will make short videos that blend technique with the endearing stories of our Master Cooks, adding to a cultural experience you’d be hard-pressed to find unless you have grandmas from around the world. We'll also include digital copies of the recipe booklets included in each kit, giving you more options than ever to satiate your hunger for Culture Kitchen!

We know from experience that this is a tall order, but we believe in the crowd-power of Kickstarter. Your order can make a difference! In order to source the best ingredients and make amazing kits, we need a minimum of 1000 pre-ordered subscriptions. A thousand people saying they want our amazing Master Cooks to teach them to make exceptional, authentic ethnic food at home. A thousand people that want to learn about not only the magic of a different cultures cuisine, but about the people that inspired it.

Culture Kitchen is The Food Network meets The Travel Channel and results in an experience more authentic and effective than either! Together, lets bridge the cultural divide and spread the skills and experiences that make people feel at home, wherever that may be. 

Enjoy good food, good company and explore.

Special thank you to our amazing Photographers Ariel and Sam Soto-Suver of Bowerbird Photography, thanks for the lovely photos for the campaign.

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    An awesome Culture Kitchen refrigerator magnet to make your kitchen a Culture Kitchen too!

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    One of our favorite Culture Kitchen Kits: IRAQI with BARAKA.
    Menu Includes: Upside down Turmeric Fish Fillets, Yogurt Dill Sauce and Cardamom Almond Halava.
    Kits ship via FedEx-USPS Ground. Please add $5 for Alaska or Hawaii shipping and $17 for Canada shipping :-)
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    One of our favorite Culture Kitchen Kits: WESTERN INDIAN with SUCHITRA.
    The Menu includes: Chicken (or tofu) Tikka Masala, Saffron Rice and Spiced vegetables.
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    One of our favorite Culture Kitchen Kits: THAI with SUPARVADEE.
    The Menu includes: Pumpkin Red Curry, Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice.
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    For those who live outside of the USA or Canada, get 6 months of digital recipes. Every time one of our kits ships in the USA or Canada, you'll get that month's three recipes via email. This reward is for all those overseas who feel confident you can get your hands on the ingredients you need to make our cooks incredible recipes and still want to be a part of the Culture Kitchen community.

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    You get a 3 month subscription of the new 6 months of kits we are developing. Enjoy a new kit shipped to you every month starting in January. Kits ship via FedEx-USPS Ground. Please add $15 for Alaska or Hawaii shipping and $51 for Canada shipping :-)
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    Enjoy 6 months of Culture Kitchen kits delivered to your home every month starting in January. Get all 6 new kits we develop and meet 6 different Master Cooks.
    Kits ship via FedEx-USPS Ground. Please add $30 for Alaska or Hawaii shipping and $102 for Canada shipping :-)
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    Gifting special! Get two, 3 month subscriptions of Culture Kitchen kits, give them as holiday presents, wedding presents or gift to your children to make sure they can have amazing cooking experiences wherever in the US they are.
    Kits ship via FedEx-USPS Ground. Please add $15 for each subscription shipping to Alaska or Hawaii and and $51 for each subscription shipping to Canada :-)
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    Get cooking for a year! Enjoy a new Culture Kitchen kit for every month of 2013. Get our newly developed kits, revamped favorite kits and a few surprises. Kits ship via FedEx-USPS Ground. Please add $60 for Alaska or Hawaii shipping and $204 for Canada shipping :-)
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    Spread the love! Enjoy 12 months of Culture Kitchen Kits for you and give a one year subscription to a friend. Lets get the world cooking together.
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    Get 12 months of Culture Kitchen Kits, AND get a private lesson from one of our Master Cooks for you and up to 7 of your friends. We will fly 1 Master Cook and 1 assistant to you anywhere in the Continental USA. Enjoy a full meal, lesson and chat over dinner with one of our incredible cooks.

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