#AllergicToEverything® – The Cookbook & Lifestyle Guide
THE CAMPAIGN IS LIVE on Kickstarter!! We launched May 15th, during Food Allergy Awareness Week.
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My name is Jess and I finished writing #AllergicToEverything about two years ago. It is a cookbook and lifestyle guide for people with food allergies, and for the people who love them. You do not have to have food allergies to benefit from the book, the recipes are whole-foods based and delicious (as you can see from Sabrina and Rachel eating my goat cheese dates if you made it to the end of the video!). I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies in 2010 and my journey was extremely challenging. I had no idea how to start navigating my new life. I wrote the book because I needed a one-stop resource. It is because of my experience that I know how valuable this book will be to the food allergy community. This campaign is to fund the first print-run of #AllergicToEverything. Read on to learn more about the book, why I am self-publishing and my backstory.
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Grandma Donna taught me how to cook for the people I love. She taught me how to set a table; how to make a bed; the beauty of sliced grapes in fruit salad; and, she taught me how to be smart with my money. Grandma Donna passed away on my mother’s birthday, December 3, 2015. Two years later, on the anniversary of her passing, I filmed the #AllergicToEverything® Kickstarter video (above) using the seed money she left me. I’ve used her generous gift along with every penny I’ve earned and saved on a teacher’s salary to make this cookbook a reality. This book honors my grandmother’s teaching legacy and gives me the opportunity to pay it forward for the ever-expanding and often overlooked community of food allergy collectors who don’t have a cooking resource like this one.
I had a feeling in my gut that drove me to utilize Kickstarter for my book launch! Gut feelings often necessitate taking great chances, overcoming great risks, and with your help, finding great rewards. Because Kickstarter provides a platform for like-minded people to rally behind the causes and efforts that are important to them, Kickstarter gives me the platform I need to bring this book into the world professionally and with all of my love.
As a little girl, I spent a great deal of time watching the Food Network, journaling, scrapbooking, and documenting everything. Instead of selling lemonade like the neighboring kids, I supported my artistic endeavors by selling handmade greeting cards and confetti from my porch stoop. This #AllergicToEverything® project is the natural extension of a life-long string of passion projects; it’s the push-pin I lovingly wrap cotton thread around as I settle into this journey point on this map of my life.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK?
#AllergicToEverything® is a cookbook and lifestyle guide for food allergy collectors and the people who love them. I wrote #AllergicToEverything® over the last six years working on recipes in my kitchen. I embarked on my journey as a person with multiple food allergies in the hope that by helping myself I would one day be able to help others with the same allergy issues. #AllergicToEverything® is more than a dietary resource for allergy sufferers, #AllergicToEverything® is also diet-friendly for those with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal (GI) disease, and digestive and inflammatory issues.
#AllergicToEverything® recipes are free from gluten, wheat, corn, oats, eggs, shellfish, sesame, and soy. The recipes are tailored to be flexible, including modifications for a diet and lifestyle free of the top eight major food allergens identified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which are responsible for approximately 90% of food allergic reactions. Whether you are allergic to salmon (one of the top eight) or a vegetarian, you will find the recipes are easily adaptable to your dietary restrictions. #AllergicToEverything® also excludes from its recipes chemical additives; food preservatives; and, artificial flavors, which for many people are increasingly identified as problem foods and additives.
The book is split into two main sections – the guide and the recipes.
You can learn more and peek inside the cookbook here.
HOW IT WILL BE PRINTED
The first print run of 750 copies will include first edition books, approximately 250 pages each, beautifully finished with full-page photographs and a hardcover.
May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, which is why I have chosen to launch the campaign now. The campaign will run for 33 days.
Editing & Illustration – JUNE to AUGUST 2018
Printing – SEPTEMBER to OCTOBER 2018
Distribution – NOVEMBER to DECEMBER 2018 (in time for the holidays!)
HOW I HAVE FUNDED THE PROJECT UNTIL NOW
When my grandmother passed away and left me a small amount of money. I tucked it away in savings, knowing it would be a down payment on a house or a business one day. I held my breath, said a prayer, and decided to use it for the book.
I quit my job and I committed to self-publishing full-time, deciding to invest every penny I had saved into this project because I know it is important, I believe in it, and above all, because I want you to have the resource I wish I’d had when my journey started. I have never worked so hard at anything.
The cost of self-publishing is significant but important, which brought me to Kickstarter. With your Kickstarter support, I can publish #AllergicToEverything® the right way.
Initially, I wanted to go the traditional route, finding an agent who would work with me to get the book published and into the hands of people who needed it. I wrote dozens and dozens of agent queries without luck. For a time, I put the project aside. Last summer, I picked it back up again, looked at what I had created, and I decided to push on.
If you read this article by Nick Kokonas (about publishing the Aviary Cookbook), you will understand not only the real costs involved in publishing cookbooks but the value of self-publishing for authors. Big thank you to Michael for sharing this with me. It was invaluable.
I am 33 years old and a little superstitious. I have been seeing “111” since I moved to California in 2013.
But really, $35,000 is the minimum amount I need to do this the right way. It took several months of budgeting and number crunching to settle on this number. $50,000 was my original number, but the idea here is to run the campaign for the amount you actually need to complete the project and with $35,000 I can make it happen. More would be even better.
It is a lot of money, two times more than I made in a year working as an Americorps VISTA while I wrote the book. The $35,000 will cover the cost of the first print run of 750 copies, hiring a professional editor, illustrator, and book designer, the shipping costs, campaign costs, taxes, and Kickstarter fees.
A little over half of this amount is what it costs to actually print the book. The remaining money will be spent on the final stages of the bookmaking process (editing, design, illustration, additional photography, recipe testing and groceries) and the costs of running the Kickstarter campaign itself (including mailing out your rewards, taxes, credit card fees, not to mention paying my amazing illustrator and cameraman who agreed to do my video for half the cost upfront, only charging me the full amount if the campaign is successful).
If we reach $33,111, the project gets funded and everything I have laid out in this Kickstarter will be delivered upon and my cameraman will get paid!
If we reach $50,000, I will donate 250 copies of the book to people who need it through food pantries and I will pay my cameraman his full worth! I grew up with a single mother and have worked with low-income kids as a teacher for the last five years. I was raised to leave the world a better place than I found it. I want to make sure everyone can have this book, regardless of cost.
If we reach $75,000, I will include an eBook version which will be shared with every backer, regardless of their pledge amount!!
If we reach $100,000, I will throw in a separate 3-month journal version of the symptom tracking resource guide for each backer who has pledged to pre-order the cookbook!!
If we reach $111,000, I will translate the book into Spanish, making it more accessible to more people!
If we reach $150,000, I will begin to build an App that allows for effortless recipe customization, tailed to your unique allergens, which once built will be shared with every backer, regardless of their pledge amount!!!
How I became #AllergicToEverything
For the last six years I have lived and breathed multiple food allergies, a lifestyle no one can plan for. A lifestyle no one should have to live, but if in fact, you do have to live it, you know as well as I do just how hard it is. My guess is that even if you aren’t a food allergy collector, you love someone who is. When I began my journey, there was no go-to one-stop resource for building a life around multiple food allergies, instead, there were blogs and books and recipes for singular food allergies or for singular health issues. Mixing and matching and trials and errors became a way of life. The research was unending.
One day a couple of years ago, my friend Phil came over for dinner and asked about the recipe. Without much thought, I pulled the notebook I had started keeping. I’d been recreating my favorite foods for about three years at that point. He looked at me and said, “Jess, you should publish this.” Two years later, running with that advice, I am finally doing just that.
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
Bloomington, Indiana – 11.1.2012: I am either dying of cancer or I have food allergies. My body had stopped working. The doctors didn’t know what to do. They just continued prescribing steroids and antibiotics. It was here that I realized my only choice was to change my food. My life as I had always known it would never be the same. This is what I looked like.
I’d been seeing dermatologists, allergists, gastroenterologists, specialists for everything I could think of trying to find a reason I was experiencing a plethora of miserable symptoms. During that time, I got several food allergy screenings. Using those, I finally started an oral food challenge (the elimination diet). It was during this time that I realized I was #AllergicToEverything®. I had so many food allergies that I wanted to have them tattooed on my arm. I mentioned this once to an elderly lady who turned to me and said, “Oh honey, just get a card.” So, I did.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
With your pledge, not only are you funding a cookbook, you are giving a gift to a community of food allergy collectors who need it and who don’t have any other resources like this one. Please help me bring #AllergicToEverything® to life. Please support my campaign. Please share my story. And please keep cooking for the Allergics you love.
I need your help to make #AllergicToEverything® be all it can be.
All my love,
See the food @HashtagAllergic.
Special thanks to my incredible cameraman, Johnny Mark @johnnymarkfilms)!
3 Very Important Ways You Can Help:
- Until the launch (MAY 15th)
- Sign up for the mailing list (and get a free sneak peek of the recipes)!
- Share my story with the Allergics you love! Here are some ways you can do this:
When you share, please use “#AllergicToEverything” and link to https://AllergicToEverything.life.
2. On launch day (MAY 15th)
Make a PLEDGE ON MAY 15th: 56% of campaigns fail. For those that raise at least 20% of their funding on launch day, that number goes down to 11%. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we do not reach our goal, we will not get any of the money you pledge. Let’s do this together.
HOW TO PLEDGE: When the campaign is live you will be able to access the pledge page by visiting HashtagAllergic.com, by clicking the “donate” button on this page, or by searching for #AllergicToEverything on Kickstarter.
3. Before, During, and After the launch (May 15th)
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