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?
Huxley Harter wrote:Can't wait till this goes live! Do you know what the goal amount is yet?
Janice Black wrote: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.
Michael Heath wrote: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.
Ben Hylen wrote:I'm definitely gonna need one of these! However is there a section about canning because that would be nice?
Kate Downham wrote:I am wondering if "off-grid" in the title is going to be offputting to a lot of people?
Hilary Duinker wrote:
I think off-grid is ok in the title, but spending some time crafting a subtitle that will entice folks who are just starting down the homesteader/permie trail. "develop the kitchen skills to homestead successfully in any kitchen".
Kate Downham wrote:
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?
Tom Rutledge wrote:
An idea for a low tier stretch goal. pre-printed 3x5 recipe cards.
Hi, I’m Kate Downham. I live off the grid in the forest, cooking food on a woodstove. I have not always lived here. I grew up in a city, knowing nothing about how food was grown, how milk transforms into cheese or pork into bacon, how to preserve food, or anything that is now a part of my homestead life.
Before I moved off grid, I learned many of these skills one at a time, I found my own ways of perfecting them, while juggling family and homestead responsibilities, and this is something that has made our homesteading efforts more successful.
There are many ways to go about making bacon, cheese, bread, and preserves. Not all these ways will work without electricity, and not all these ways will give you the time to do everything else that’s needed on a homestead - a book about making bread might tell you to stand there kneading each loaf for half an hour, a book about cheese might tell you to stir your cheese constantly for forty five minutes, and information online and in books might tell you how to make bacon or jam for taste, but not how to make it in ways that will store without electricity for a year or more.
A year in an off grid kitchen is a book all about teaching these skills in a holistic way - you can learn how to make sourdough bread from wholegrain flours milled in your own home, in a way that only takes five minutes or less of hands on time. You can learn to make bacon as a storable staple food, how to preserve fruit without any pectin, using local honey instead of sugar, how to reliably ferment vegetables every time, and how to make the most important dairy foods such as butter and cheeses. You can learn the kitchen skills that are most important on an off grid homestead.
The book is not just about skills, but also about practical homestead recipes that you can make with local ingredients throughout the year.
The recipes are nutritious, filling, and made from traditional, local, real foods, from scratch. The recipes, like the skills, are created to fit into everyday homestead life. With my recipes and cooking strategies it’s possible to cook entirely from scratch every day while still having time for everything else.
So if you’re interested in learning homestead kitchen skills, and having over a hundred homestead friendly recipes, just choose a reward from the list below to help create this book.