Many thanks go to Krista Haitz for shooting & editing the video, Vianna Vigneau for her help during the shoot, Rene Rodriguez for working magic with hair & make-up, Tim David Kelly for creating the music & Brian Anderson for creating the cover artwork.
This idea came to me last summer – a fun, creative project and a means to combine two of my favorite things: cooking, and life in an imaginary world called “Stars Hollow”.
This project is specifically designed for people like me – who love the same two things – and who recognize that food is its own quirky, ever-present character in that world.
It’s a character which has always caught and held my interest - with good reason! Whose imagination wouldn’t be captured by the mention of a s’mores wedding cake or pumpkin pancakes served with apple butter, or peach sauce made with maple syrup or a sausage wrapped in a pancake, tied with a piece of bacon?
I’ve already spent a few months experimenting with these foods – to test the feasibility of this endeavor. And, let me tell you, the results have all been utterly delicious.
So I’m forging ahead – prepared to create all of the favorites. The minimum number of recipes will be 60. If lots of folks get behind this, and we raise more money than the goal amount, I'll add more and more recipes. Regardless of the number, they’ll all be packaged in a pretty-yet-usable 8” x 10” hardcover, colorful book.
I am so excited to be sharing this project with you all! Yes, the reward for your $30 donation is a first-edition copy of the Eat Like A GilmoreCookbook. But the fun doesn’t stop there! By supporting this Kickstarter, you also have the opportunity to suggest recipes, test recipes, submit your own recipe, and even showcase your business or specialized expertise!
Your donations give this project wings – funding everything from food to photos, proofing, printing, and postage! Also, I’ve set up the timeline so I can get these rewards to you all in December, in time for the holidays.
With a goal of $20,000, this is a "break even" scenario, paying for ingredients, photography, editing, printing, shipping, postage, Kickstarter fees, and a myriad of other expenses. If we raise more - you'll get more: a bigger book with more tasty recipes!
PROFESSIONALLY PHOTOGRAPHED & DESIGNED
The book will contain full-color, beautiful photographs taken by a professional photographer with special talent for photographing food. I've yet to choose the final photog - but all of the contenders are top-notch!
From cover to cover, every page will be designed by Brian Anderson, a professional artist with uncanny abilities, who truly “gets” the aesthetic of this project.
FOODS FOR EVERY OCCASION
This book will be made up of 3 collections –
1 – Foods from a small-town diner
2 – Foods served at fancy Friday Night Dinners
3 – Foods served at charming, eclectic, independent inns
Focusing on these three categories provides a broad range of dishes – everything from cheeseburgers to salmon puffs, pancakes to risotto. It encompasses recipes for dishes suitable for:
romantic dinners for two
late night binges
If there’s someone you’d like to impress the heck out of with your mad cooking skills – it’ll have recipes for that, too!
KRISTI CARLSON - RECIPE WRITER?
Spending the bulk of my time creating recipes has been a goal of mine for a while now. My grandmother gave me my first cooking lessons when I was a little kid, and I still love experimenting in the kitchen. Though she’s been gone for more than a decade, when I’m cooking or baking, I still feel a strong connection to her. In my career I’ve worked as a cook, a baker, and a caterer – but creating a recipe is different.
It takes artistry wrapped in a detailed, serious – sometimes tenacious - approach. To me, it’s where art and science meet. I like that. I also like having these foods as my inspiration – knowing there is an expectation out there – a list of foods folks expect to have included; high-quality foods with mind-blowing flavor.
Risks and challenges
A cookbook project comes with very few real risks.
However, here are a few potential concerns and my plan for overcoming them:
What if the recipes are hard to understand or the food doesn't taste good?
I will work with a recipe tester - not a chef, but a regular person who likes to cook at home - and get their feedback to ensure the instructions are clear and food turns out the way it should!
What if there are delays?
I've built the schedule for the project allowing for a very realistic amount of time for each step. I will also be updating supporters on a regular basis. If any unforeseeable delay crops up, supporters will know about it, and my solution for it, asap!
Become a Recipe Tester! Work directly with Kristi to test 1 recipe for the book. Your name will be printed on that recipe's page as the official "tester" for that dish + Preorder 1 SIGNED copy of "Eat Like A Gilmore" Cookbook.
Get the pink St John jacket (Women's Size 8, shoulder pads included), over-sized pearl screw-on earrings and pearl necklace worn by Kristi in the Kickstarter video + Preorder 1 SIGNED copy of "Eat Like A Gilmore" Cookbook.
Get the handmade, vintage orange gingham dress (No size, but approximately Women's Size 10), vintage white apron & orange gingham wired headband worn by Kristi in the Kickstarter video + Preorder 1 SIGNED copy of "Eat Like A Gilmore" Cookbook.
Dress Like a School Girl
Get the Lands End plaid skirt (Wms Size 8), Lands End navy blue sweater vest (Wmns Size M), Eddie Bauer light blue stretch long-sleeved button down shirt (Wmns Size M) & Lands End navy blue pin tie - all worn by Kristi in the Kickstarter video + Preorder 1 SIGNED copy of "Eat Like A Gilmore" Cookbook. The skirt, sweater vest & pin tie are all brand new, worn only for the video.