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!!!!!!!!!! Off-Grid Homesteading Cookbook Kickstarter planning - October!

 
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Recipe testing is going really well, and the design is coming together nicely, so I thought it might be about time to announce my upcoming cookbook and start planning for a Kickstarter in October!

A Year in an Off-Grid Kitchen: Family-Friendly Real Food Recipes for Resilient Health

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own cheese, salami, sourdough bread, butter, bacon, ham, kimchi, pickles, preserves, healthy baked goods, and more, and to get a bunch of homesteader-friendly real food recipes at the same time, then you’ll like this book.

Even if you already have these skills, A Year in an Off-Grid Kitchen is filled with of innovative recipes to appreciate, and new homesteader-friendly approaches to old favourites.

A Year in an Off-Grid Kitchen is a cookbook atmospheric enough to sit on your coffee table, yet with so much substance that it can teach you the kitchen skills you need to learn to homestead successfully, complete with over a hundred delicious traditional foods recipes to make with your homegrown foods.

A Year in an Off-Grid Kitchen is divided into eight seasonal sections, plus a chapter on year-round baking. In each of these sections is an important skill to learn or seasonal ingredients to focus on, as well as seasonal and everyday recipes. The book can be used as a cooking course over a year, or it can be picked up, read, and cooked from whenever you want to learn a new skill or are looking for a healthy recipe.

It’s often overwhelming to face all the skills that need to be learned to thrive in a successful homestead kitchen. My aim is to break these skills down into simple steps, so that you can take on one thing at a time, while cooking from natural, local ingredients, using methods that allow you to have time for everything else on the homestead.

Woven throughout the book are focuses on seasonal ingredients, new ways of serving familiar and not-so-familiar vegetables, and tons of tips, meal suggestions, recipe variations, and more. Indexes are provided to find recipes by ingredient, as well as by cooking time, so even if you’re just looking for a quick recipe to make for dinner tonight, or something to slowly cook for tomorrow, you can easily find the right recipe for you.

Recipes include…
100% wholegrain sourdough breads that take 5 minutes of active kitchen time to make.
Preserving fruit without cane sugar or pectin.
One-pot meals and large batches for intentional leftovers.
Lots of options and variations for different ingredients you might have on hand, or different dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, paleo, or dairy-free.
Ways to make real food cooking work with limited time and budget.
Fermenting and preserving recipes that use formulas - don’t just learn an exact recipe, but know how to confidently ferment and preserve with different quantities and ingredients.
Off-grid kitchen tips are provided throughout the book, from ways to store food without electricity, to cooking on a woodstove, foraging for wild greens, preserving the harvest, and much more.

Not just for off-grid!
The recipes have been tested in all kinds of kitchens, and the instructions include exact temperatures and times for electric and gas stoves. This is the perfect book for anyone that wants to cook with local foods.
 
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My questions…

Earlybird bundle - I’m keen to offer one of these to the lovely people that will back this in the first two days of it going live. Has anyone here created stuff that they’d like included with it? Please reply here or PM me.

Stretch goals - I’m not sure when it’s best to start thinking about this, but if anyone has any ideas of stuff that would be great to have as a stretch goal, please let me know!

Extra goodies to include for everyone - I’m creating some new ebooks for this, is there anything else that would be good to include? Has anyone here created something that would be suitable to include?

Backer levels (roughly translated into US$ amounts) - I am thinking they will be around:
$8 for the ebook
$25 for the paperback edition
$40 for the hardcover edition
$80 for two hardcovers
$100 for two hardcovers, early access to the manuscript, your name thanked in the book, and more extra goodies
Some levels in between those for access to an exclusive cooking club and a copy of the ebook for those who want the book on their phone as well as a physical copy.
I’ll have one or two lower backer levels with some goodies too.
All backer levels get a digital ‘thank you’.

What are good ideas for higher backer levels?

If I could include one or two (or more) things from the book as a sneak peek at the $1 and/or $5 level, what could it be?

I had thought of giving stretch goals out (if it makes it that far) at around the $100 level, as well as other extra goodies, but I am not sure if many people would want to have two books? Would it be better to have a level of around $50 or $60 and include all the extra goodies with that?

FAQs - what are good ones to include? Do you have any questions you’d want answered before backing this Kickstarter?

Kickbacks/affiliate links: Would anyone here be interested in promoting this Kickstarter on social media, email lists, and other places? I’m thinking of offering a 10% affiliate deal, so that you get a custom link, and then at the end of the Kickstarter you get 10% of any pledges brought in from your link (so long as 2 or more pledges were made), please reply here or PM me if you’d like a link once they’re available.
 
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Can't wait till this goes live! Do you know what the goal amount is yet?
 
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First let me say that I’m a  sucker for a good cookbook and have a sizeable collection. What I look for in a good cookbook is an excellent index, decent photos to inspire, readability and interesting recipes. It looks like your book has a all of that in spades Kate and I would back it even without extra goodies. Best of luck with it and I’ll be watching for the launch.
 
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The way the world is currently headed, it's an immediate YES from me.
 
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This looks fantastic! I would love to have something like this in my library! Beautiful pictures and information I've been searching for over a year. As we head into a new chapter of our lives, a resource like this would be quite valuable.
 
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What I would like to see and is something that I've kicked around creating, is, for lack of better words, a key-word index.  Basically, I have chicken, what are my chicken recipes, I have basil, what are my basil recipes.  I have tomatoes, what are my recipes that use tomatoes, and etc.  Especially helpful around harvesting time - I have an abundance of X, what can I make or do with that?  Possibly use it as a stretch goal?  Make it apply to the digital copies with links?  Example: I have chicken, look up chicken in the index, see all the recipes that use chicken, select one and click on the link to go to that recipe in the digital copy.

In addition, this sounds a lot like Carla Emery's book, but updated with pictures.  You might check in her old book to see if there are any things you might also like to include in yours.
 
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Sounds great, I'd definitely like a copy!

That said, you were asking for things people wanted and didn't see? How about an ebook on adapting the recipes for those of us still on the grid? Or, using the tech we already have?

If you did the discussion about adapting the off grid recipes to ongrid kitchens as an ebook, you could also include it as a stretch goal perk.

As it is? I agree with the comment about Carla's book, but I didn't keep my copy of her book, because it seemed to have little or nothing to do with how we actually lived. That prompted the suggestion above.

How about teaming up with Paul and including a copy of his book as a stretch goal? Or do it both ways... donate a few books to Paul to boost his sales too?
 
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I will back this Kickstarter- the book looks great!
 
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How about a couple of exclusive recipes?
 
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Jennie Little wrote:Sounds great, I'd definitely like a copy!

That said, you were asking for things people wanted and didn't see? How about an ebook on adapting the recipes for those of us still on the grid? Or, using the tech we already have?

If you did the discussion about adapting the off grid recipes to ongrid kitchens as an ebook, you could also include it as a stretch goal perk.

As it is? I agree with the comment about Carla's book, but I didn't keep my copy of her book, because it seemed to have little or nothing to do with how we actually lived. That prompted the suggestion above.

How about teaming up with Paul and including a copy of his book as a stretch goal? Or do it both ways... donate a few books to Paul to boost his sales too?



Having tested a lot of the recipes there's not an issue with the recipes not being usable by people with "normal" kitchens.  Interesting that you think there might be, that might be a perception problem that the blerb needs to address
 
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