WELCOME to the Kickstarter page for our revolutionary cookbook:
Eat Your Sidewalk
Our book is as challenging, and absurdly pleasurable as it’s title. It’s about how our curiosity to discover our urban environment and eat from it could transform us, and our perception of the world.
The aha! moment that led to this cookbook came about when we realized that eating doesn’t have to begin in a store, a market or a garden -- we asked ourselves, what if eating begins right under your feet wherever you are?
As avid foragers and amateur urban ecologists this question hit home when we challenged ourselves to live for a week by foraging our sidewalks-- surprisingly it was easy; then we did it with a community -- and it caught on as grandmothers, freegans, and foodies joined forces -- and now we would like to share our ideas with you via one of the great modern art forms -- the cookbook.
Currently we’re deep in the research phase of this book and your support will help us complete it. This summer we’ve been hitting the pavement from NJ to Detroit and beyond. Where we challenge communities to live for a week at a time by only eating their sidewalks. Our research involves inventing new ways to cook, forage, challenge old habits and even take on the best local chefs -- all to accomplish delivery of The Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook this fall.
So far what we can tell you, is that it will be no ordinary cookbook. It’ll lay out our ideas to reinvent practices of eating that capture what’s most astonishing about foraging. It’ll weave between experimental recipes, stories, guest writings and tools for action. We’re designing the cookbook so that the tools are removable -- there’ll be fold-out diagrams, a pop out codebook, and a stencil. We’re offering these components as rewards from 5 dollars to 35. And the cookbook from 60 bucks for the compact edition, to 120 for the complete edition.
So why the focus on foraging? Well, we have to say a bit about spurse. We’re a collective of systems thinkers, and designers who’ve spent the last decade researching how humans and their environments shape each other. We’ve done fieldwork in many remote hunting, fishing and mining communities and along the we’d often all stop to gather a spontaneous meal. This led us to see foraging -- what some of us still remember our grandparents doing -- is neither quaint nor exotic -- it’s how we change from being shoppers to stewards, activist, foodies, and ecologists without realizing it. It’s crucial to transforming us, our perceptions, and our fundamental engagements with the world.
That’s where this book comes in -- it’s our most passionate project -- the culmination of a many years of thinking, testing and doing. And your support is the key to finishing this timely endeavor. Please don’t wait, click on your favorite reward and be part of the future of eating!
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