Introduction by the Author
I am raising funds to print 2,000 copies of COOKING WITH MARIKA - Clean Cuisine from an Estonian Farm (336 pages, 111 recipes), the English translation of my second cookbook and nutrition guide featuring gorgeous full page photographs by Hele-Mai Alamaa.
The book provides both information and inspiration. It promotes a sensible approach to eating, cooking and vibrant living that enables you to maintain digestive health, strengthen the immune system, cleanse the body and mind, prevent inflammation and achieve weight loss—not by counting calories or dieting, but simply by eating great-tasting, nourishing foods.
From the nutrition and lifestyles chapters, you will learn about the profound effects of breathing, awareness and pleasure—and how to use them consciously to counteract stress, weight gain and digestive distress. From the healthful, easy-to-prepare recipes that follow, you will expand your kitchen vocabulary to include lacto-fermented vegetables, sourdough breads and alternative flours for baking. My recipes are always based on natural whole foods and call for just a few lovable ingredients. No complicated food preparation techniques are involved because fresh, seasonal, quality produce is all you need.
My recommendations are down to earth and gentle. My approach to nutrition is integrative, incorporating the wisdom of ancient oriental philosophies with the science of cutting-edge research. There is nothing extreme about it. I believe that we can’t help but be happy and healthy when our lives are well nourished by non-food as well as food sources: enjoyable exercise, satisfying work, harmonious relationships, fulfilling spiritual practices and a varied diet of mostly plant foods, with or without some products from humanely raised animals.
May this book inspire you to try out new foods, recipes and techniques, to be fully present and enjoy the time you spend in your kitchen, to awaken your senses and take in the beauty all around you, to appreciate your body and be attentive to its needs, to nourish your soul on a daily basis, and to walk a path paved with awareness, acceptance and gratitude.
Praise for Marika’s first English-language book: Essential Nourishment - Recipes from My Estonian Farm (2011)
Excerpts from reviews and testimonials:
“Essential Nourishment is a book to cherish. Graced with gorgeous photos and abundant knowledge, it is more than a cookbook—it is a holistic lifestyle companion that informs as well as inspires.”
Ashley Ess for Bamboo Magazine, Conscious Family Living, Los Angeles CA
“If you wish yourself well, read this book. If you wish to enhance the quality of your life, make its philosophy your own. Easy to understand and inspired by a deep love for food, Marika’s book is a unique life style bible that holds its own in the stormy developments and trends of world cuisine.”
Dimitri Demjanov, Estonian Culinary Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
“What is captivating on the pages, however, are Blossfeldt’s sincerity, compassion, gentleness and good humor. The recipes are clean, wholesome and simple; the introductory essays are positive and instructive. The photographs are uniformly excellent.”
Janet Crawshaw, The Valley Table, Beacon, NY
“Good vibrations and lifestyle suggestions abound in these recipes; the balance of her food and presentation is palpable. Marika’s food is beautiful, delicious, nutritious, and fun. Regionally sourced, Estonian style!”
Laura Cabot, Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro ME
“In her well-articulated book, Marika considers all aspects of food: eating, nutrition, spirituality, ritual and social connection. All facets are integrated in a common-sense approach that is broken down into simple, easy steps so even the most hesitant person can start bringing health-enhancing changes to everyday routines and LIVE BETTER.”
Miriam Russell-Wadleigh, Executive Chef, Piacere Restaurant, San Carlos, CA
“Besides being an excellent everyday cooking guide, Essential Nourishment is superbly educational. It belongs on every school’s reading list! I recommend it to all who hold life dear.”
Peeter Jalakas, Artist and Restaurant Owner, Tallinn, Estonia
Watch Marika's first book’s trailer here.
Watch a short video about Marika cooking for the Taste Awards reception in Hollywood in 2012 here.
Praise for Marika’s new book, which has come out in Estonian and with your help will be soon published in English
Excerpts from reviews and testimonials:
"At a time when new teachings about nutrition and miracle diets seem to appear daily, Marika Blossfeldt's book is like a breath of fresh air. Marika's philosophy about food, based on a holistic and harmonious way of living, is easy to understand and accessible to everyone. It is nice that the author does not dictate what to do or not do. On the contrary, she steers clear of extremes and fanaticism, and with a genial and relaxed tone she guides her readers on a path to health, well-being, and harmony."
Mari-Liis Ilover, Food Writer, Estonia
"It is a great pleasure to have another beautiful and comprehensive health book from Marika Blossfeldt. In her new book, Marika considers health from a broader perspective that goes beyond the nutritional aspects. She skillfully and holistically brings together the many very different aspects of a healthy life. And indeed, in Marika's own words—food is not the only thing that feeds us! I consider Marika to be one of the inspirations for starting on my journey to better health."
Rain Vainik, Nutritionist, Estonia
"First, I want to mention that Marika's books have an extremely enjoyable voice. I like the thoroughness of this book, which, in an in-depth and accessible way, focuses on healthy food and how to ensure that you feel as good as possible. Marika offers excellent little tricks and suggestions that have stayed with me. And, of course, the cherry on the cake are Marika’s exciting yet simple recipes, which I have tried and heartily recommend to others!"
Ragne Värk, Food Blogger, Estonia
"The book inspires to care for one's body and spirit, and to live a mindful lifestyle. Marika’s simple down to earth recipes are a bonus. She pays attention to ingredients in their natural goodness. She encourages to experiment in the kitchen with what is growing in the garden and in the forest and to enjoy cooking with all the senses."
Marju Randmer-Nellis, Food Photographer and Healthy Diet Enthusiast
Sample Recipes from Marika's new book: COOKING WITH MARIKA - Clean Cuisine from an Estonian Farm
Mystical Blueberry Smoothie serves 3 page 102
This smoothie has a lovely velvety feel. The mystical dimension is supplied by cardamom.
- ½ cup (120 ml) water, unsweetened apple juice, or non-alcoholic apple cider
- 2 cups blueberries (preferably wild), fresh or frozen
- 2 pears, cored
- 2 to 3 dried dates, pits removed
- 1 avocado, skin and pit removed
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree.
Divide into 3 glasses. Decorate with a few blueberries, raspberries, and lemon balm leaves.
Baked Butternut Squash serves 6 page 108
This inexpensive, healthful dish is easy to make and yields a surprisingly rich and satisfying taste experience. It is sweet and delightful and might just pass as dessert.
- 1 butternut squash
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (225°C).
2. Cut the stem off the squash. In cross sections, slice the unpeeled squash into ½-inch (1 cm) rounds. Remove the seeds and cut each round into quarters.
3. Place the squash pieces into a bowl. Add the cumin, cinnamon, and salt and toss to coat the squash evenly.
4. Add the olive oil and toss again.
5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash pieces on the cookie sheet in one layer.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Remove the squash from the oven and sprinkle with the coconut. Bake until soft, another 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve with fish or chicken or enjoy as a nutrient-dense sweet treat.
White Bean and Orange Salad serves 6 page 198
A simple, fresh, colorful and nutritious summer salad.
- 2 cans (15 ounce/420 g) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 large orange, peeled, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, cut into squares
- 3 scallions, trimmed and coarsely chopped
- 1 handful chopped parsley
- ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
- 2 ½ tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1. Place all salad ingredients except the parsley into a mixing bowl.
2. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, close the lid, and shake until mixed.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Let the salad marinate at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
4. Stir in the parsley and turn the dressed salad into a serving bowl or spoon into individual plates on beds of lettuce.
Potato Lemon Cake serves 9 page 326
A recipe that dates back to my high school years in Germany. The potatoes replace flour in this cake; almonds and lemon give it a lovely flavor profile.
- 1 cup (240 ml) mashed potatoes (about 3 large), refrigerated overnight
- ¼ cup (60 ml) almonds, soaked overnight in 1 cup of water, drained, rinsed, and chopped coarse
- 6 eggs, separated
- 2 pinches salt
- zest of 1 lemon and juice of half the lemon
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup
1. Heat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Cover the bottom of a 10-inch (26 cm) springform pan with parchment paper and butter the sides.
3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until smooth. Stir in the salt, the lemon zest and the chopped almonds.
4. Stir in the lemon juice and the maple syrup. Add the mashed potatoes and mix well.
5. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff.
6. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the potato mixture.
7. Pour the dough into the springform pan and bake for 45 minutes.
Projected Timeline for Publishing COOKING WITH MARIKA - Clean Cuisine from an Estonian Farm
- April/May 2019 Marika translates recipes into English
- June 2019 Editor checks recipes
- July 2019 Graphic designer lays out book
- August 2019 Editor creates index
- September 2019 Proofreader checks book
- October 2019 Book goes to press
- End of November 2019 Book comes out, in time for the Holiday season
- December 2019/January 2020 Books will be mailed to backers
Funds will be used to print 2000 copies of the book and pay the percentage that Kickstarter takes.
Printing costs $ 19,360
Kickstarter + payment processing fees 8% $ 1,549
Total $ 20,909
Risks and challenges
This is the fourth book that I am self-publishing. Since it is the English version of a book that already exists in Estonian, all the design and layout are already done. All we need to do is translate the recipes into English, enter the English text, create the English index and have everything checked by our proofreader. I am confident that I will be able to bring the project to a successful completion. As with all creative projects where several people collaborate, there might be delays in one or another department that are out of my control. I will keep all backers informed should anything change in the production schedule and will do my best to deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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