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Hi my name is Dhanistha Rivera and I am so excited to share my cookbook project with you all! For only $25 you can reserve your own First Edition copy of Breakfast & Tofu. Please Back this Project :)

A meal is something I have never taken for granted. I’ve been a vegetarian since birth and growing up in Mexico, I learned how to connect and be creative with the most basic ingredients within my environment. Cooking has been a part of my life ever since I can remember, and I love everything about it: the community, conversations, experience, laughs and beautiful food.

Last year I created The Vegetarian Blog and thanks to the amazing followers, they inspired me to create this cookbook. Whether you're having breakfast at a table, camping with your friends, or you only have 15 minutes to make breakfast, this cookbook will surely entice your taste buds with surprising and unexpected tofu dishes with flavors from around the world. 

"Breakfast & Tofu" will be the beginning of a cookbook series "Life & Tofu" where I hope to share with you all the adventures and wonders of my creative tofu recipes. 

"Breakfast & Tofu" is almost finished, and through the Kickstarter pledges, your pre-order will allow me to print my First Edition batch and deliver them directly to you by July 2015! 

"Breakfast & Tofu" is my labor of love in the kitchen. Tofu is an underestimated wonderful source of protein and is also gluten free. You can manipulate its flavor, texture, and easily use it as a substitute in egg and meat recipes.

Hopefully, through the Kickstarter pledges, I will be able to self-publish with a local book publisher (Bookshop Santa Cruz) here in Santa Cruz, California. The book will be roughly 100 pages in a "7.5 x 9" paperback, and by printing it in the US we can help sustain and support our local economy.  

Recipe from the vegetarian chapter. All recipes are labeled as Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free to make it search friendly.
Recipe from the vegetarian chapter. All recipes are labeled as Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free to make it search friendly.

With beautiful photography for each recipe, I hope "Breakfast & Tofu" inspires you to cook a fantastic meal for your friends and family.

My passion for beautiful and simple design motivated me to go to school to be an interactive designer. After graduating two years ago from the Art Institute, I created The Vegetarian Blog website, and with tremendous support from family and friends I realized my true calling was cooking, and traded in my blazer for an apron, my briefcase for a ladle, and my office for a kitchen.

All the photography, recipe content, color palettes, layout design and copywriting was created by me (Dhanistha Rivera) and I have fully committed myself to creating this cookbook as of last year. My desire is to establish myself in the food industry, and with your help, that dream will become a reality and I can turn this hobby into a full time career of sharing my creative vegetarian recipes with you all.

Venezuelan arepas de reina pepiada is a traditional gluten free savory breakfast with crispy corn patties stuffed with chicken in a creamy mayonnaise and avocado sauce. In my recipe I make it vegetarian by substituting the chicken for fried tofu and using eggless mayonnaise and spices. This is seriously one of the BEST BREAKFAST recipes, you will be highly impressed with! 

All the recipes in the book are vegetarian but can easily modified to vegan, and over half of all the recipes are gluten free. It can be difficult to find delicious and exciting gluten free recipes but within this cookbook you will discover many playful latin fusion recipes such as these enticing Venezuelan arepas.

Why $10,000?

The money will go largely towards the printing costs of “Breakfast & Tofu”, book materials, merchandise gifts, domestic and international packaging and shipping costs, a marketing campaign, and Kickstarter fees. 

If we can raise more than our goal, we can print more books as well as begin production for Lunch & Tofu, the second installment of my cookbook series. With your help we can show the world the phenomenal wonders that tofu has to offer through this creative and beautiful book.

Risks and challenges

There has been many challenges in creating this cookbook, but luckily the book is almost completed, and it's an adventure that has pushed me forward into finding creative solutions. Like any project involving fundraising there are risks, but fortunately the majority of the capital will be used to print the book and this will ensure that you receive your portion of your pledge. I believe you have to work hard for what you want because it doesn’t come free or without a challenge so I am determined to find a solution for any other future challenges.

Once the 30 day Kickstarter campaign has ended, I pray that I will have reached my goal to print out my first batch and hand my book’s PDF files to the publisher by May 15. The proofing + printing will take about 3 - 4 weeks. There could be possibilities of printing delays but I hope to have them printed by the end of May and distribute and ship them to you by this July.

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    EBOOK:a copy of Breakfast & Tofu in a eBook format (PDF or EPUB).

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    RECIPE CARDS & EBOOK: 6 exclusive recipe cards not included in the book, to create your next breakfast, lunch and dinner and one (1) digital copy of the cookbook Breakfast & Tofu in a eBook format (PDF or EPUB).

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER: One (1) first edition copy of Breakfast & Tofu and one (1) copy of the cookbook in a eBook format (PDF or EPUB).

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER: Two (2) first edition copies of Breakfast & Tofu and two (2) digital copies of the cookbook in a eBook format (PDF or EPUB) and 6 exclusive recipe cards not included in the book, to create your next breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    #1 COOKBOOK GIFT SET: One (1) autographed first edition copy of Breakfast & Tofu and an eBook format of the cookbook in (PDF or EPUB), an apron from The Vegetarian Blog and 6 exclusive recipe cards not included in the book to create your next breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER + APRON: Two (2) autographed first edition copies of Breakfast & Tofu, an eBook format of the cookbook in (PDF or EPUB), and an apron from The Vegetarian Blog.

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    #2 COOKBOOK GIFT SET: Four (4) autographed first edition copy of Breakfast & Tofu and four (4) eBook formats of the cookbook in (PDF or EPUB), 2 aprons from The Vegetarian Blog and 6 exclusive recipe cards not included in the book to create your next breakfast, lunch and dinner. And a calendar featuring exclusive photographs and recipes.

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER + APRON+CALENDAR: Eight (8) autographed First Edition copies of Breakfast & Tofu, eBook formats of the cookbook in (PDF or EPUB), and an apron from The Vegetarian Blog and a calendar featuring exclusive photographs and recipes.

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    PERSONALIZED DIET PLAN: A customized diet plan of 31 recipes. You will work directly with the chef and creator of the cookbook to tailor to your specific dietary requests. Recipes will be delivered in a personalized wooden recipe box. Two (2) autographed First Edition copies of Breakfast & Tofu and an apron from The Vegetarian Blog. In addition your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    ONE ON ONE COOKING CLASS: Your one on one session to ask the chef questions while you work together on cooking techniques and flavor exploration. Spend the afternoon with chef Dhanistha Rivera working through a video conference going over questions, your favorite recipes, food styling, dinner party ideas or what ever you desire! You'll also receive two (2) First Edition copies of Breakfast & Tofu and an apron from The Vegetarian Blog. In addition your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    PRIVATE COOKING CLASS: A private cooking class for 8 taught by Dhanistha Rivera in a commercial kitchen in the San Francisco Bay. You and your friends will spend the day going over vegetarian/vegan/gluten free cooking techniques and recipes in a professional setting. You will all receive autographed First Edition copies of the book Breakfast & Tofu and The Vegetarian Blog's aprons. In addition your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.
    We will work together to find a schedule and location that works for everyone within the next 8 months.
    Note: If it is outside the San Francisco Bay Area, airfare is not included.

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