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A not-so-ordinary cookbook for kids filled with unique recipes, whimsical illustrations & stories about fascinating people & places!
A not-so-ordinary cookbook for kids filled with unique recipes, whimsical illustrations & stories about fascinating people & places!
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Pack your bags and get ready for a world of adventure in your very own kitchen! Children's book writer Nicholas Beatty and illustrator Coleen McIntyre have created a bright and whimsical book jam-packed with information about life in other countries. The dynamic duo invite you to join them in their next adventure in children's publishing as they raise funds to print their international cookbook for kids, The Cultured Chef.

Much of the inspiration for the work we create is influenced by the sights, sounds and flavors we experience in our travels around the world. Our goal is simple. We'd like to encourage in children a passion for learning about the world with our new book The Cultured Chef: An International Cookbook for Kids.

More than just a cookbook, The Cultured Chef takes into consideration a child’s natural curiosity about our world. The book offers ways to stimulate all of a child’s senses through unique recipes, whimsical illustrations, and stories about fascinating people and places around the 
world.

The two of us have worked hard to write and illustrate a children's resource with a timeless quality, and we have a feeling kids of all ages will love The Cultured Chef for years to come. View more images

Each of the illustrated recipes you'll find in The Cultured Chef offer easy step-by-step instructions that allow kids to take the driver’s seat in the kitchen, with a supervising adult as their assistant. Readers can choose from a wide assortment of recipes that include breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as tasty desserts and snacks! Check out some of what we have to offer:

  • Brazilian Brigadeiro
  • Icelandic Snert
  • Russian Pelmeni
  • Greek Tzatziki Rolls
  • ScottishShortbread


Cooking and cultural education make the perfect partnership. Spending time in the kitchen allows many opportunities to learn life skills such as counting, measuring, and following instructions, while cultural exploration offers an opportunity for children to become healthy and active participants in an ever-shrinking global community.

Have you ever wondered why people in other countries do things differently? The Cultured Chef shares many facts about the interesting people, places and customs around the world:

  • Why did Israel and Lebanon get in a fight over Hummus?
  • Why do some monks shave their heads?
  • What's the story behind the Statue of Liberty?
  • Why are cows sacred in India?

Find out answers to these questions, and much more.

We have some great rewards for those wanting to support our project! Here you'll find a sampling of some of the ways we are showing our gratitude to you. (Don't forget to check the column to the right)

$1 and up The name of everyone who makes a contribution to our campaign in any dollar amount will be included in our "We Knew Them When" Time Capsule. 

$10 and up Everyone who makes a pledge of $10 or more will get a colorful set of 3 recipe postcards with illustrations from our whimsically designed book.

$25 level: A personalized, signed and numbered First Edition copy of The Cultured Chef: An International Cookbook for Kids by Nicholas Beatty, illustrated by Coleen McIntyre.

$250 level Framed and matted, 12x16, original watercolor paintings of fairy tales! These original watercolors from a previous book illustrated by Coleen will brighten any room in your home, and serve as a reminder of some of your favorite childhood stories.

$5,000 level 

Sponsor our "We Knew Them When" time capsule featuring a dvd with high resolution scans of the artwork from our book, as well as a signed copy of the book itself. We want our sponsor at this level to be represented as well. Send us something small and meaningful to you. Our time capsule will be buried in a special place, only to be re-opened 25 years from now. You can say you knew us when!

Stretch Goals

Any money raised beyond the initial goal ($8,500) will go directly to making the book better, including finer quality paper, offset printing, fancy cover design, custom interior, and much more! We will list the details of these improvements as the campaign progresses. 

In addition...

We would like to create a series of instructional videos on cooking and baking food items from around the world. The videos would cover fun tidbits of historical, cultural and artistic relevance. Wouldn't that be fun!?

History and Inspiration

We met 5 years ago when we collaborated on our first award-winning book Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts for Teaching Kids How to Bake, published by the Home Baking Association. It proved to be a successful collaboration when sales exceeded the publisher's goals, and the book was honored with 5 national awards including the Benjamin Franklin award for children's books.

Read more about Nick and Coleen

During several cross-county train rides in Italy last spring, we spent many hours brainstorming what our next project would be. Sitting behind a group of American high-school students we couldn't help but overhear some pretty absurd assessments about European culture, geography and life in general. We overheard things like, "Pizza was invented in Brooklyn," and, "They drive on the wrong side of the road in Italy!"

When we overheard an Italian soccer team discussing American culture in a somewhat negative and incorrect light, we became really intrigued. We decided to create an engaging project that introduces kids all around the world to other cultures.

Hence, the birth of "The cultured Chef - An International Cookbook for kids." View our book's Facebook page

While simple cultural inaccuracies may not harm anyone (unless you're in the opposite lane of traffic), we couldn't help but wonder how much American kids are learning about life outside the US. We started researching how multi-cultural education is being implemented in American schools, and we were shocked to find in many cases the topic is overlooked until the 2nd or 3rd grade level.

We decided a book that offers a simple approach to learning about the world could be a valuable resource to parents and teachers of children ages 3 and up.

Risks and challenges

The two of us have worked hard to address those hurdles we can actually predict, primarily by our many years working in the publishing industry in one aspect or another. Our relationship with our book printer goes back ten years, and we have generated a lot of professional connections that will help with this project in one way or another.

We've selected a very practical delivery date with an understanding of how the printing industry works, and we've made an educated guess as to how long rewards will take to ship.

No doubt unforeseen hurdles will arise. They always do. But you have our word that we’ll do our very, very best. We truly believe in this project and we look forward to your involvement.

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    GOOD KARMA: You'll totally get good Karma for helping. Thanks, man! We’re broke too & we get it! - - -

    In addition, the name of everyone who makes a contribution to our campaign in any dollar amount will be included in our "We Knew Them When" Time Capsule.

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    RECIPE POSTCARDS: Set of 3 recipe postcards with illustrations from our whimsically illustrated book.

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    A BOOK OF YOUR OWN: A personalized, signed and numbered first edition copy of our book.

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    TWO TIMES THE FUN: 2 personalized, signed and numbered books, and 2 sets of recipe postcards (6 total postcards). We're doubly grateful!

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    THREE TIMES THE FUN: 2 personalized, signed & numbered copies of our book, one signed 11"x14" print of Coleen's world map painting, and 3 sets of recipe postcards (9 total postcards).

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    SPECIAL THANKS: Your name will be printed in the “Special Thanks” page of the first edition of our book. You’ll also receive 3 personalized, signed & numbered copies of the book, and 3 sets of recipe postcards (9 total postcards).

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    YOUR VERY OWN ORIGINAL FAIRY TALE PAINTING: Own a piece of children’s book history with these original framed & matted paintings from Coleen’s first book of fairy tales. Her whimsical illustrations make a wonderful gift that will brighten the day of any kid at heart. You will also receive 3 personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book, and 3 sets of postcards (9 total postcards).

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    BE A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR! Do you have a family recipe you would like to see in our book? Contribute at the $500 level and we will print and illustrate it in The Cultured Chef! You will also receive three personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book. Could you imagine the look on Grandma or Aunt Flo's face when they see their recipe in a professionally published book?!

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    WE WILL COOK FOR YOU! We will visit your home to prepare a recipe of your choice from our book. We may not be world-renowned chefs - but we sure are fun! Your name will be printed in the “Special Thanks” page, you’ll receive 3 personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book, and 3 sets of recipe postcards (9 total postcards) Note: Dinner is valid for anyone living in Washington or Oregon. You don’t live near us? If you know someone who does, this would make a great gift for them!

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    CUSTOMIZED MAP OF THE WORLD: Original watercolor world map painting personalized as you wish. In addition, you will receive your name printed in the “Special Thanks” page of our book, 5 personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book, and 3 sets of recipe postcards (9 total postcards) Note: This painting is the original, so that means there’s only ONE! It goes to the first person that donates $1,500.00

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    YOU NAME IT, SHE’LL PAINT IT: Coleen will paint you an original painting of anything you want (No larger than 16"x20") because you are our hero! You will also receive your name printed in the “Special Thanks” page of our book, 5 personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book, and 3 sets of recipe postcards (9 total postcards).

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    WE KNEW THEM WHEN: So… we think we’re kind of a big deal, but does anyone else? Only time will tell. Sponsor a Nick and Coleen time capsule featuring a dvd with high resolution scans of the artwork from our book, as well as a signed copy of the book itself. Because you are our sponsor, we want you to be represented as well. Send us something small and meaningful to you.

    Our time capsule will be buried in a special place, only to be re-opened 25 years from now. Is that enough time to make a name for ourselves?
    Of course you'll also be receiving 5 personalized, signed and numbered copies of the book, a set of 9 post cards & 2 signed copies of the map of the world print.

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    WE WORSHIP YOU! You just funded our entire project! We are totally indebted to you. You’ll receive a special dedication in the first few pages of the book, as well as a one-of-a-kind scrapbook with notes and photos describing our project from start to finish.

    You will also receive books 1-10 from our limited edition run, personalized, signed and numbered as you wish.

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