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A cookbook that feeds. Heartfelt stories of cherished recipes. 100% of net profits benefit A Better Life Foundation's meal program.
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Our inaugural edition of Food Stories features 20 remarkable chefs from Vancouver, Tofino and the Comox Valley - each of whom has shared a deeply personal, heartfelt, and nourishing recipe along with their intimate tale of how it all began.  Hailing from all walks of life, the chefs in Food Stories highlight the rich diversity and altruism of our local cullinary community.  Their stories are poignant reminders of Food For All’s ethos - with  proper nourishment, compassion, and determination anything is possible.  And the best part, 100% of the net profit will be donated to provide meals for those in need.

 Food For All Publishing...

Words are just words, it takes actions to make a difference. 

Food security in Canada remains a grave problem.  Canada recently ranked 37 out of 41 wealthy countries in access to nutritious food for children. 1 in 8 households in Canada is food insecure, amounting to more than 4 million Canadians - of which 1.15 million are children - who struggle to put food on the table.  As two concerned mothers, we decided to publish a cookbook to help raise awareness around the hunger issues present in Canada today, and to donate 100% of the net profits to meaningful food charities operating in our community.  As a country and a community, we can do better to improve these statistics, and this inaugural, not-for-profit publication, constitutes our first step towards accomplishing this goal.

Food Stories is dedicated to further support the positive steps being taken in one of the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside - an area entrenched with hunger, poverty and addiction.  We believe a step in the right direction starts with proper nourishment, which is why we chose to support A Better Life Foundation and their daily meal program.  They provide dignified meals to a variety of charities in the community including the Rainier Community Woman’s Program, Youth Unlimited, The Overdose Prevention Society and Atira Women’s Resource Society.  A Better Life Foundation is deeply connected to the community, and shares our values of compassion and determination.  By donating 100% of our cookbook’s net profits to their meal program, we aim to provide thousands of meals to those in need.


A Sneak Peek...

Food Stories is a hybrid, compilation cookbook that monographs the food-provenance of 20 remarkable chefs working in British Columbia today. Their most private, poignant memories have manifested as heartfelt, nourishing recipes - conjuring a homegrown chronicle where all’s laid bare. The intimate stories, candid photographs and humble recipes of each chef are featured within a stunning 6-page spread, authored and photographed by Hakan Burcuoğlu of The Curatorialist magazine, and designed by Emre Parlak and Deniz Cem Önduygu of Fevkalade Istanbul.  Find below two of the completed chapters—The Nuances of Time and Salvation in Simplicity— featuring chefs Letitia Wan and Heat LaLiberté.

Our Beneficiaries...

In 2012, A Better Life Foundation (ABLF) began running a modest meal program in collaboration with Atira Women’s Resource Society and BC Housing out of Save On Meats.  The meals— nutritious, full of flavour, and innovative - were delivered directly to the doorsteps of marginalized residents inhabiting Single Room Occupancy buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  Their newfound clients ate their meals in comfort, in a dignified, respectable and uplifted manner - a privilege we often take for granted and overlook. 

Over the years, this program has had a profound impact on its community and inspired countless people to reach out and help.

Anyone can relate to being hungry, yet for most, hunger is intermittent - a brief pang between meals, with an end in sight.  The vast majority count on hunger as a constant, and by guaranteeing a hearty meal each single day, they are provided with the stability they need.

ABLF prepare these meals 365 days a year.  In seven years, their meal program has grown from 200 meals per day to approximately 1000 meals per day.  In January 2019 ABLF surpassed their Two Million Meals Milestone - an accomplishment that demonstrates the foundation’s dedication to changing lives, through food

Timeline...

We aim to have Food Stories in your hands by early Summer. The best way to make this happen is to pre-order your copy of the cookbook now or support us through one of our other rewards. You can also help us by sharing the link to this campaign to anyone and everyone you think might be interested in owning a copy.

The equation is simple: more books sold = more meals provided to those in need                    

As with all Kickstarter projects, it is all or nothing.  Funds are only given if we fulfill our entire fundraising goal.  If this project speaks to you, please share, contribute, and help us reach our goal! 

(All taxes are included in the pledge amount and shipping costs will be provided upon checkout).

Risks and challenges

Though every project has its risks, we are pleased to tell you that the majority of the work on this book is already done: the photography is complete and the recipes have all been written. The stories, design and page layout are close and should be complete in the next few weeks. Aside from a few final edits, the bulk of what remains is getting the book polished, printed, and distributed to all of you.

We are working closely with the reputable Hemlock Printers here in Vancouver to have Food Stories printed and distributed by May/June 2019. Once we hand over the electronic files to the Hemlock in mid-May 2019, we should have time to adjust any unforeseen delays and still get the book out before the end of June. We will keep you posted with milestones and updates along the way!

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    First Edition of Food Stories

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    Tofino Book Launch Dinner + Cookbook

    A copy of our cookbook at 30% off - plus one ticket to our invite only book launch dinner in picturesque Tofino, BC! Join us for a scrumptious 4-course dinner ($90 value) at Shelter Restaurant on Friday, June 7th.

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    Bundle of 5 books

    Receive 5 copies of the Food Stories Cookbook at a 32% discount. Be the first to gift this stunning coffee table book to your favourite foodies and friends. An original cookbook for a cause filled with compelling stories, striking photography and delicious recipes.

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    Limited Edition: Signed by all 20 chefs

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    Early bird SPECIAL!!!

    Exclusive deal for our first 100 backers. Receive a copy of our cookbook hot off the press! (30% discount)

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    Vancouver Book Launch + Chef Signing

    Receive a copy of our cookbook (30% off) plus one ticket to our invite-only book launch party hosted by Save On Meats Diner on June 26th ($40 value). Enjoy canapés and cocktails with several of the chefs from Food Stories and celebrate with the team who brought this book to life.

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    Private Dinner Party w/ Chef Mark Brand

    Chef and Social Entrepreneur Mark Brand will join you in the comfort of your own home to cook an impressive multi-course dinner for up to 10 people. Menu items and dates will be agreed upon with Mark once we reach our funding goal. Each guest will receive a copy of Food Stories signed by Mark Brand and a Food For All Apron upon arrival. This reward must be redeemed before April 1st, 2020 within the boundaries of the Greater Vancouver Area.

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