Mother’s Cookbook is a beautifully quirky and tasty EarthBound-inspired cookbook written by Hillary Froemel with original recipes developed by Chef Bryan Connor. We’re excited to be joined by additional professional artists, photographers, and a slew of other collaborators such as Alyssa Browning, Nick Lauer, and Patrick Ryan Deasy. Be sure to follow @MothersCookbook on Twitter and MothersCookbookEB on Instagram to stay up-to-date about our project and our campaign. Join us on this incredible, edible adventure!
You might be unfamiliar with the quirky charm of the cult classic game EarthBound. Originally released on the SNES in 1995, EarthBound (or MOTHER 2 as it is known in Japan) is a role-playing game (RPG) designed by Shigesato Itoi and developed by APE Inc. The game stood out among the thriving role-playing game market due to it’s unique setting. While games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest were bringing the genre over to the US with fantasy medieval settings, EarthBound put the RPG style of gameplay in a modern time period. The game is set idyllic, yet satirical, version of America. Gone are the dragons and magic potions of classical fantasy games. In their place are angry ducks, hippies, and “All-American Foods” like cheeseburgers and pizza.
EarthBound is a heartwarming and strange game that is impossible not to fall in love with. It's a cult classic filled to the brim with memorable characters, constant pop culture references, and an overwhelming sense of charm. The wacky and sometimes outlandish food in the game struck a chord with many of its fans, us included. Who can forget Trout Yogurt?
Our goal is to capture this game’s unparalleled charm in a brand new package; a cookbook! Our book includes over 50 original recipes inspired by the game’s memorable characters, fantastical locations, and sometimes odd food items. This 8" x 10" cookbook will be available in hardcover, paperback, and digital form. We're pulling some recipes straight from the game like Mammoth Burgers, Magic Cake, and Peanut Cheese Bars. However, we are also creating recipes inspired the game’s characters and locations such as New Age Retro Hummus, Tessie Watchin' Stew, and Lier X. Agerate's Famous Roasted Garlic Bread!
Don’t worry, the game may have stunk but all the recipes in this book will produce delicious and funky fresh dishes! We hope you enjoy over 140 pages of full-color professional photos, easy-to-read cooking instructions, delightful doodles, and endearing notes from mom herself.
Our fellow EarthBound fans at Fangamer are Kickstarter veterans who have pledged their support for this project. They’ll be handling production of the book as well as fulfillment of the physical rewards in the $95 and below tiers.
This book is not only a must-have for all you EarthBound/MOTHER series fans out there but also completely accessible and enjoyable for anyone looking for a fun time cooking original and interesting recipes. The recipes in this book range from beginners snacks to advanced baked goods. We made it our mission to strike a balance between simple dishes that could be whipped up from ingredients found in any kitchen to more involved exotic dishes which might require a trip to a specialty food store. Our book explores the themes of exploration, overcoming the odds, and trying new things just as the game itself does. Not to worry; if you get homesick there’s even a recipe for steak done just how Mom used to make it!
*Preview photos of Mother’s Cookbook design are for preview purposes only and are subject to change.
A Quick Rundown of What’s in the Book:
- Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Recipes
- Full-Page Photo Spreads of Delicious Breads (and other Food)
- Dessert and Snack Recipes
- Notes on Healthy Ingredient Substitutes
- Regional Variants for Regional Flairs
- Cheap Eats for Our Cheap Peeps
- Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Options
- Mom’s Tips for a Tidy Kitchen
- Heartfelt Stories about Foodstuffs, Fighting Aliens, and EarthBound
The team behind this book is comprised of professionals with decades of experience working both in the kitchen and the writer's room. Every one of us is an EarthBound/MOTHER superfan. This series of games has had a huge impact on our lives and driven our creative projects.
- Hillary Froemel is a professional technical writer and editor with over a decade of writing work including handbook construction and guidebook creation.
- Chef Bryan Connor is a classically-trained New York-based chef with over a decade in high-end restaurant work and recipe creation. He currently runs an impressive video game-inspired recipe blog.
- Alyssa Browning is a professional artist and culinary student with amazing calligraphy and illustrations that bring a feeling of charm and subtle nuance to every page.
- Nick Lauer is an animation student who loves EarthBound and doodling in the margins.
- Patrick Deasy is a recent film school graduate with an amazing eye for food photography and has the incredible ability to make even pictures of food smell good.
- Evan Butler is a producer working on several projects and assists with this cookbook as a project manager to keep things running.
- Mitch Jakey is a college student assisting with creating original sprite and pixel art.
- Cai Ve is an art student creating beautiful illustrations for this project that really bring a ton of life to the pages.
- Kelly Kirsch is an animation student studying in New York who lends her incredible illustrations to the book.
- Casey Corrigan is our social media manager who doesn't sleep and like retweeting everything under the sun. He also has a cute chinchilla name Momochi.
A rising trend in games is the addition of cooking and unique foods to help flesh-out a game’s universe or feel. You can see great examples of this in games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Final Fantasy XV, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
We have spent the last 10 months creating recipes, writing drafts, photographing fresh produce, testing, tasting, and playing video games. We’ve gone as far as we can on this project without additional funding, so we are here to ask for your help. We need backers to help us fund the development of the remaining recipes, as well as testing in our test kitchen, and covering the print cost for the initial run of cookbooks and backer rewards. The group behind this book is dedicated and driven. So many wonderful people have already committed their time, taste buds, and kitchens to working on this project. After 10 months of hard work, we are ready to show our work to the world. We cannot emphasize enough that the recipes in this book are for everyone. You don’t have to be a fan of the series, nor do you even need to be a gamer.
Now, the part you're most interested in. The sweet rewards! [Sadly, we must inform you that none of the rewards are actually sweet, they're mostly paper, some wood pulp in there, too.]
$5 - Toy Fry Pan - Not interested in any physical rewards but want to support our project? Then this is the tier for you! Five dollars will get your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
$15 - Fry Pan - Want to cook along with us? Back us at $15 and you’ll get a digital copy (PDF format) of the cookbook plus your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
$35 - Chef's Fry Pan - Want to GET A PHYSICAL BOOK? $35 gets you a copy of the paperback version of the cookbook, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
$45 - Non-Stick Fry Pan - Perhaps you’re prone to the occasional kitchen spill. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. At $45 you will receive a copy of the hardcover version of the cookbook that'll look great on the table, bookshelf, or even ceiling (don't ask us how it got up there, probably a cooking accident!) You’ll also get a digital copy of the book and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits. .
$70 - Thick Fry Pan - Do you like goodies and swag? Then you’re in luck because this tier is filled with bells and whistles! You’ll get a cute, sweet, and tasty 11" by 9" full color illustrated poster to brighten up your kitchen created by the talented and lovely Margeaux McClelland, former Cartoon Network illustrator. You also get a nice set of ten (10) 3" by 5", double-sided, glossy recipe cards for quick reference and easy storage. They'll have our signature doodles, photos, and more and will be just as beautiful as they are useful in your kitchen. Oh, and you also get a hardcover copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits
$95 - Lovely Fry Pan - Why settle for one book when you can have two!? No wait, let's make that three. Now you can keep one copy of the book in your kitchen, one in pristine condition on the shelf, and one in PDF! Even better, let's add all the swag! You’ll get a poster, recipe cards, a hardcover copy of the book, a paperback copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
$125 - Deluxe Fry Pan - Do you like art? Let us draw you (or your avatar) as a sprite in the style of EarthBound's overworld characters. We'll even sneak you in the book on one of the pages as well as in the back next to your name in the credits! For the ultra-fans of the EarthBound/Mother series. Don't worry, you'll also get a poster, recipe cards, a hardcover copy of the book, a paperback copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
$400 - Holy Fry Pan - Want to contribute beyond just backing the project? With this tier, you can get your favorite food in the cookbook! Work with our Head Chef, Bryan Connor, to create a delicious dish that reminds you of home. This tier also includes you as an EarthBound-style sprite in the book, a poster, recipe cards, a hardcover copy of the book, a paperback copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits!
Limited to 5 available spots!
$2,500 - Miracle Fry Pan - This is the cherry on top! You get to try some of our recipes made by our very own Head Chef, Bryan Connor. Chef Bryan Connor will fly out and cook an amazing EarthBound-inspired three-course meal for you and up to three (3) friends. This tier even comes with a little mint on your pillow! All of this is on top of getting your favorite food in the book, you as an EarthBound-style sprite in the book, a poster, recipe cards, a hardcover copy of the book, a paperback copy of the book, a digital copy of the book, and your name or handle in the “Thank You” credits.
This tier is limited to 2 available spots AND USA only. Work with us to set up a night to remember!
We are only asking for the bare minimum to get this book to print. Recipe testing and development, along with printing, proofing, and publishing is not cheap. We had to scale back aspects of our original vision but with stretch goals we could bring them back and make something truly amazing.
*OBTAINED!* $11,000 Jackie’s Cafe - A slew of mind-boggling and intensely playful cocktail recipes inspired by various characters, sayings, and PK/PSI powers in the game. Ever wanted to find out what exactly a PK Fire Omega might taste like on the rocks? Here’s a clue, a lot of whiskey. We recognize a lot of our backers might not be of age to purchase alcohol but EarthBound was released over 21 years ago, so we wanted to do something special for the fans who really did grow up with the game.
*OBTAINED!* $12,000 Octopus Erasing Machine - Did you know that in the Japanese version of EarthBound the “Trout Yogurt” item was initially “Strawberry Tofu?” That wasn’t the only item changed either! With this stretch goal, we hope to bring a distinctly Japanese flair to this cookbook by including recipes for some of the region-locked items only available in the Japanese version of the game, where the game went by a much different title, MOTHER 2. (Do you understand the cookbook name now? It is a pun, cause the EarthBound series is called the MOTHER series in Japan. We're so witty.)
*OBTAINED!* $14,000 Wel come to moo nsi ns dem oons ide - In the game, there is a uniquely wonky town known as ‘Moonside’. A magical, technicolor place where everything’s reversed and weird. ‘Up’ means ‘down’ and burgers are a bun sandwiched between two patties! This stretch goal will allow us to include some insane twists on standard food fare recipes. Hot ice cream? Frozen sandwiches? MADNESS!
*OBTAINED!* $16,000 - Handy Dandy Hand-aid - Feel like you might need a hand finding you way around your new cookbook? Well we'll do you one better and give you a hand, with this Stretch Goal, the Handy Dandy Hand-aid! Named after the eponymous "Hand-aid" item from EarthBound (think "Band-aid", but with less trademark infringement). This stretch goal, will allow us to add a robust section dedicated to cooking tips, tricks, and general advice from mom. It will include helpful guidance with topics such as cooking methods, knife skills, kitchen equipment, and how to convert recipes to your liking (and even into metric measurements!) This section will be useful for both beginner and advanced cooks. Mom’s tips will help you be the best darn cook you can be!
*OBTAINED!* $20,000 - Abstract Art - Like the art in the book? Hitting this stretch goal adds an entire artist's gallery, featuring a few pages of original art from all of this project's artists. You'll see a little behind-the-scenes of the creative process that really added a lot to this project!
*OBTAINED!* $25,000 - Sunflower Fields - Reaching this goal adds even more recipes to every version of the book! What kind of recipes you might ask? Well, we'll be adding MOTHER 3 recipes! For those who don't know, MOTHER 3 is the sequel game to EarthBound. The Japanese-only game was originally released in 2006 and has never been localized. Die-hard fans have been waiting over a decade for an official English release that has just not appeared but with this stretch goal, we'll give you a little taste of what it might be. We'll add quite a few recipes inspired by the Tazmily Village area. With all your support we'll actually be able to add some of Hinawa's recipes to the cookbook! Some examples are nut cookies and fluffy omelets! The pages in this chapter will be inspired by the beauty and emotion in her letters.
*OBTAINED!* $35,000 - I (oo) NEW PORK - DO YOU WANT MORE RECIPES IN EVERY COPY OF THE BOOK?! WELL WE CAN DO THAT! We'll add more recipes to the book inspired by the New Pork City area of EarthBound's sequel, MOTHER 3. If our project raises $35,000, we’ll be adding dishes inspired by some iconic food items such as Hot Dog Sushi, Rich Kid Stew, Pasta with a Past, King Burgers and more! Bring the flavor of his royal porkness into your very own kitchens!
**OBTAINED!!** $45,000 - PK SECRET Ω - There's more?! Your bet there is! If our project raises $45,000 or more in this final push, we will make a special secret behind-the-scenes mini-documentary for the production of the book! This will be available to all our backers at the $5 dollar tier and up!
Risks and challenges
Every project has risks associated with it, especially a project as ambitious as this one, but we definitely feel more than capable of delivering something amazing to you all. We have to strike a hard balance between sheer design and functionality as a cookbook.
If any delays should happen, we’ll be sure to keep backers updated.
We are incredibly talented and between our team members. We have published books, utilized our own original recipes in several restaurants, such as little pecks | Pecks Arcade in Troy, NY, and have been creating things for decades. We are also incredibly responsive and you can contact us at anytime on our Twitter at @MothersCookbook.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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