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The first eating manual from Cow by Bear, featuring recipes, advice and inspired stories from Chef Bear.
The first eating manual from Cow by Bear, featuring recipes, advice and inspired stories from Chef Bear.
176 backers pledged $35,372 to help bring this project to life.
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***A note about delivery date: I hope to have the cookbook completed and delivered by the end of this year (2019). The projected delivery date on the campaign of Dec. 2020 is the absolute latest date considering all possible delays that may arise in production.

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There has never been a cookbook quite like this.

Chef Bear is teaming up with Chef Osa Bear and their cub Lil' Osito Bear to bring you the first ever cookbook from Cow by Bear. Equal parts mouthwatering recipes and amusing biography, the book will be accompanied by gorgeous photography and whimsical illustrations. With an estimated 200 original recipes, this fully-colored, hardcover cookbook promises to be like no other on your shelf.  

Hello you beautiful human! My name is Chef Bear. I imagine I've had the great pleasure of mingling with many of you at one of my Cow by Bear gastronomical experiences, but if this is our first meeting please allow me to introduce myself.

I was born many moons ago in Kodiak, Alaska. I spent my youth like any other cub, playing caribou eyes and raiding the tents of unsuspecting campers. My idyllic world all came crashing down, however, when I was witness to my parents' grizzly murder by the hands of poachers. I was kidnapped and sold into a traveling circus. While in France performing stunts with the bearded lady, I seized an opportunity to flee my circus-performing captors. I was quickly befriended by a group of local artists who introduced me to human culture and cultivated my "awakening," in which I learned to walk, talk and, most importantly, cook. I ultimately worked my way up to head chef at a famous Parisian restaurant before taking my talents on the road all over the globe. It's so crazy to think about now, but I have cooked on every continent and in over 100 countries, bringing people together with my wild dinner parties.

In 2011, after a series of traumatic events, I arrived in San Diego and opened the first official Cow by Bear location.  

Chef Bear's bio
Chef Bear's bio

Cow by Bear is a 'dinner party experience experiment' started out of my downtown San Diego den in 2011. It has grown more than I ever could have imagined since then, operating nearly every night in secret locations around San Diego, Seattle and Savannah (GA). Reserved to just 14 guests in a communal, social setting, the experience is designed to bring strangers together at one table, connecting them via the best food, drink and story imaginable. It's a place where you not only eat a world class meal cooked by a bear, but leave with new friends and stories to remember. 

Now with Food by Bear, I'll be sharing my tales and giving you the recipes and tools needed to bear fruit with your own dinner parties, bringing people together around your magical table. 

Cow by Bear: a dinner party experience experiment
Cow by Bear: a dinner party experience experiment
Cow by Bear in action
Cow by Bear in action

I have wanted to write this cookbook forever, but between the rigorous Cow by Bear dinner schedule and intermittent hibernating, I haven't been able to find the time to write a truly great memoir (and yes, this is a memoir. I can't write a cookbook without writing about what got me to this place). After recently deciding to wind down the Cow by Bear dinner series, I've taken a deep dive into my diaries and recipe journals to organize the crème de la crème into this book. I've been writing a monthly newsletter with stories and recipes for years now, but this cookbook will contain nearly 200 new and original recipes never before published. Hardback and fully colored, it will be every bit as epic as our guests have come to expect from Cow by Bear.    

Pledge for the hard-backed book at several levels beginning at $40. Guaranteed to be at a lower cost and received before general public.
Pledge for the hard-backed book at several levels beginning at $40. Guaranteed to be at a lower cost and received before general public.
Bear procuring the entree for dinner at the base of the French Alps
Bear procuring the entree for dinner at the base of the French Alps
A mock-up recipe design
A mock-up recipe design
A mock-up recipe design
A mock-up recipe design

Food by Bear will be structured by my experiences cooking and hosting dinner parties in eight different countries that have a particularly raucous significance in my journey. Beginning in France where I had my awakening and ending in San Diego with the creation of Cow by Bear, the book will take you through everything I've learned along the way in my fabled journey. Mix and match recipes from various chapters or stick to the script, I'll give you everything you need to create your own dinner party experience experiment.

Cow by Bear would never have sustained for so long without the support of so many of you fine humans and it's my hope we can draw from that same spirit to bring this book to life.

Let's do this together!  

Much of the content for this book has already been created, and I'm now testing a series of new recipes and the stories that inspired them. I have a wonderful team assembled to produce the photography and illustrations that will assist in making this a truly unique cookbook. I can bearly wait to put it in your paws.

I originally intended this book to be traditionally published, but after conversations with several publishers it became clear they wouldn't allow me to write the book my way. My spiritual advisor, the Great Oso, suggested Kickstarter.

I've consulted with a sloth of human professionals and concluded the $35,000 fundraising goal is the minimum needed to produce, print and deliver the first run of this book in a way that I would be proud to put my stamp on. Any amount raised above that will go towards further enhancing the quality of the book (recipe count, paper type, dimensions of the book), marketing and to print more copies once it sells out. Your support will go directly towards creating the best book possible with each and every one of my special creature powers. 

Cow by Bear began as a grass roots experience. There was never any money or outside backing involved, just a wild idea and even wilder guests that were interested in something fresh. That's exactly what I'm aiming for with Food by Bear - a cookbook like no other and enough humans out there crazy enough to want to be a part of it.

Thank you all from the bottom of my big bear heart!

I'm pleased to offer not only several levels to pledge for the Food by Bear cookbook itself, but other exciting ways to be involved with and help support the project. The Collector's Package gets you the cookbook along with the essentials from every Cow by Bear dinner: my apron, a flask to carry your Haitian rhum, four dinner plates and four sets of cutlery. 

The remaining Cow by Bear dinners on our calendar are sold out and I don't plan on offering that (un)traditional experience in the future. Exclusive to this campaign, however, we're offering two ways to attend a Cow by Bear dinner: pledge for 1) your own private party of 14 guests or 2) two seats at a small run of special dinners we're putting on to support Food by Bear. Both experiences come with a signed copy of the book for every guest in attendance. 

Risks and challenges

Please bear in mind that a cookbook can be a lengthy production. I am estimating the delivery of the book at twenty months. I believe this to be highly conservative and hope to under-promise and over-deliver. That said, the most important aspect of this cookbook is that it's as fantastic as it can possibly be, so I want to make sure we give ourselves as much time as necessary to achieve our goals and account for any unexpected delays. By understanding the process of what it takes to produce this book and the potential hurdles we could be up against, I hope we are able to mitigate the risk posed by any of the challenges we may face.

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    You'll receive two (2) tickets for an exclusive 'Food by Bear' dinner party exclusive to this campaign. Each dinner follows the Cow by Bear model of 5 courses with pairings and will be reserved to 14 guests at one table. A total of 5 dinners will be offered. Your name will also be printed in the 'Bear's Bunch' section of the book and each guest will receive a copy of Food by Bear SIGNED by Chef Bear. Travel not included and will take place in San Diego or Seattle within 12 months of pledge.

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