Hello, my name is Sarah Glover. I’m a chef, pastry chef, and adventurer at heart. I was raised and home-schooled in the small towns of Lauderdale and Blackmans Bay in Tasmania, Australia. I am one of eight children, so I know the importance of making sure one’s plate has enough food on it to fill the tummy. I have fond memories of my childhood in Tasmania, always loving the outdoors.
Given a chance, I will find my way to the edge of a windswept cliff, a clearing in a pine forest, to a salty stretch of beach or to the bend of a trickling stream next to a grassy paddock. There I will gather some wood, strike a match and whatever I can get my hands on – and I’ll cook up a storm. I feel food should be intuitive, fresh, uncomplicated and a joy to eat.
I come from a long line of eccentric, crazy artists and I think I am continuing that legacy. I am curious, loud, a little left of centre and I like to tell a story and have my say. The idea for the cookbook grew as a way to express myself creatively and share these experiences through food — where I find joy in feeding a crowd.
For some reason, I never thought of Tasmania as being cold, just a place for adventure and long summer days. Some would say I’m disillusioned… I would say I’m positive! The ability to always look on the bright side of life has been a gift.
And food. Well, food just kinda found me.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
In creating WILD, I found myself drawing inspiration from my favourite childhood stories of Anne of Green Gables, the Swiss Family Robinson and Indiana Jones. I feel that building a fire and preparing food is somewhat like revisiting the feelings of those childhood memories— playing in the cubby house making a home, that sense of escape and bringing back the romance of old traditions. The recipes in this cookbook are a reflection of that - my love for adventures, the outdoors, creating drama and escape.
There is no better place than Point Plomer, and the sense of grandeur you feel when you drive directly onto the beach and are rewarded with the best view around. And there’s nothing more satisfying than serving breakfast with the slow-cooked bacon you made the night before a feast to match that view. Who even knows why coffee always tastes amazing in front of the fire!
WHAT PEOPLE WROTE…
“When I suggested is not a norm for a 32-year-old Sydneysider to be so adept at building a campfire and rustling up dinner from the bush, Glover laughs and admits she is perhaps ‘a little bit bad ass’. She recalls her great-grandmother chopping wood for the old-fashioned stove and preparing wallaby for dinner” - Sally Glaetzer, Mercury TasWeekend Magazine
“She makes food about fun – whether it’s her iconic Bondi Bikkies (our favourite, Jaffer Crush - double choc orange with smashed Jaffas!)– or her outdoor adventure cooking that feels like the idyllic family holidays of your childhood.” - Robin Powell, Garden Clinic
“There is a dramatic romance to it all. Armed with a knife, she will dive down into the ocean to gather abalones and cook them straight away over a fire on the beach. Dressed in a vintage formal maxi skirt and a flannel shirt, she’ll throw whole pumpkins in the coals of a campfire and then, when the pumpkins are soft and sweet, she’ll smash them with a spade on a nearby log and scatter them with goats cheese, fresh herbs and olive oil, to be eaten then and there. She is not constrained by tradition. She works with what she has in front of her, guided by what feels good and what tastes great. I am completely entranced by her approach to cooking; the fearlessness and fun and physicality she injects into each meal.” - Annabelle Hickson, Daily Plenty Workshop Cookbook
COOKBOOK DETAILS & PREVIEW:
With full-colour photographs spanning 300+ pages, WILD cookbook is a coffee table cookbook that will feature 80+ recipes
Book size: 285mm x 210mm (portrait)
Length: 300+ pages linen hardback including 10mm ribbon
Printed on 140gsm matt paper stock
* Sample images of WILD cookbook design below is for Kickstarter purposes only and is subject to change.
WHY DID YOU NAME THE COOKBOOK WILD?
Wild is the one word that we think describes what this book is all about - untamed, native, spontaneous, rough, rugged, raging, raw, crazy, fantastic, incredible, unbelievable, extravagant, curious, eccentric, far-out, funny, kooky, odd, outlandish, quirky, strange, ludicrous, ridiculous, Alice-in-Wonderland, dreamlike, offbeat, extraordinary, singular, unique, unusual, striking, outrageous, out there, unconventional, mystifying, mad, fierce, extreme, crazy, happy, obsessed, ambitious, craving, restless, game, ready, willing, free, natural, lush, and fearless!
YOUR SUPPORT MEANS A WORLD TO US...
We spent the last 18 months creating recipes, photographing content for the cookbook, editing, testing, and designing. As a result, the WILD cookbook is nearly ready for print production. We need your help to raise funds by pre-ordering your copy of the WILD cookbook. Your pledge will help cover the cost of printing a limited run of 2,000 copies of WILD. Already, WILD contributors have personally invested time and money in the branding, filmmaking, art direction, photography, travel costs, ingredients, recipe testing and recipe development that is necessary for bringing the WILD cookbook to life. There are many wonderful people who have believed in this project from the start, and we cannot thank them enough. This publication is dedicated to the people who generously opened their arms and supported us to make this cookbook happen.
In working with photographer Luisa Brimble on this project, we’ve come to realise that no one would be crazy enough to fund these adventures that we dreamed up for this cookbook. We wanted a true adventure cookbook – which means going on adventures and photographing stories as they happen. We started this journey 18 months ago, traveling on and off. Adventures happened purely because people opened their arms and invited us into their homes, onto their properties or their island. Every adventure featured in the cookbook was self-funded. We feel that the beauty of nature, and the outdoors can only really be translated when you’re actually out there experiencing it. We didn’t want to be limited to photographing and creating the recipes in the confines of a studio or on a tight budget to save time and money. We made do with what we could and whatever way we could afford it.
We set out to create a cookbook that portrayed the honest moments as they happened, as they were created. 100% of the recipes from the cookbook were photographed outdoors, and we feel that by doing this, the extra effort, the extra hard work and the extra love we put into creating the stories, encourages and hopefully inspire others to go outdoors and create your adventures and memories.
HOW WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS BE USED?
We understand that $55,000 is a huge chunk of money. The majority of the cost will go towards printing which is going to cost $27,000! The rest of the money will be used to pay for the design, production, distribution, food editor, co-writer, proofreader, indexer, lawyer, Kickstarter's fee and art illustration.
WHAT WE ARE COVERING
- All of the photography
- All the time creating, producing, cooking all the stories in the cookbook
- All ingredients and recipe testing
- All our travel expenses for the past 18 months
- All our time spent in recipe development
MEET THE TEAM OF COLLABORATORS
We are serious about our intent to produce a quality cookbook and that is why we have chosen to work with the people who are amazing at what they do and have experience in publishing. I'm pleased to introduce you to the WILD team who believed in the project right from the get go:
- Luisa Brimble - Principal Food & Lifestyle Photographer
- Paul McNeil – Illustrator, Cookbook Cover Artwork
- Rachel Carter - Food Editor
- Annabelle Hickson - Co-Writer & Editor
- Holly McCauley - Designer
- Katrina O'Brien - Proofreader
- Fay Donlevy - Indexer
- Katrina Parker, Ming Nomchong, Hugo Sharp & Annabelle Hickson - for additional photography
Risks and challenges
Every project has its risks, but I am happy to say that majority of the work on this book is already done: About 97% of the photography, recipes, and preliminary design is set. We still need to do final edits and flesh out the book here and there, but the bulk of what remains is getting the book polished, physically printed and distributed to you.
There is always the possibility of delays with printing, but we are working to have WILD printed and distributed by early July 2017. Once we hand over the book's electronic files to the printer (hopefully by April 2017), we will have more than enough time to adjust to unforeseen delays and still get the book out by mid-winter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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