A Feast of Serendib

A project in Oak Park, IL by Mary Anne Mohanraj

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A Sri Lankan American cookbook.
Backers: 367
Average Pledge Per Backer: $45

Funded: $16,548 of $4,000
Dates: Apr 2nd -> May 2nd (30 days)
Project By: Mary Anne Mohanraj
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Latest News

$15K! Videos!

May 1st - via:
Aw, you guys. We broke $15,000, which means that you have forced me to make videos. Happy elephant says thank you!!! I will have to get over my self-consciousness about the whole endeavor. I will try to make them interesting, informative, and maybe... (Read More)

Adding a hardcover Feast book sampler + more add-ons

May 1st - via:
Quick note that I've gotten some requests for a hardcover version of the book sampler, so I've added it.  Ask, and ye shall receive!  For $75, you can pick up the hardcover of Feast, the hardcover of Bodies in Motion, and trade paperbacks of... (Read More)

Which photos would you like for postcards?

April 30th - via:
I have a question! I promised 24 postcard photos to Kickstarter backers, and will likely also have them available for sale afterwards, suitable for mailing or framing. I'm not sure whether to do just food photos, or include photos I took in Sri Lanka... (Read More)

400 backers for Feast and just two days to go!

April 29th - via:
Just a quick update to note that we've just broken 400 backers -- terrific!  It's a little unclear if we'll make the final stretch goal, at just about $13,400, I don't know if we'll make it to $15K.  Maybe?  So if you'd like those cooking demo... (Read More)

Of stretch goals, Sri Lanka food tours, and appetizer photos...

April 20th - via:
Woot! Up to $11,000 on the Kickstarter and 250 backers.  I love you all. Truly, madly, deeply. What I really want for a stretch goal? If we make it to $20K, then I'd commit to going to Sri Lanka in the next year and doing a food tour, interviewing... (Read More)

Feast Stretch Goal #2: DONE! Stretch Goal #3: ANNOUNCED!

April 16th - via:
Woot!  We blew through goal #2, making it to $10K, so this summer, I'll be developing a gluten-free digital cookbook that will be sent to all backers.  Thank you!  It'll be a smaller sampler than Feast, around 40 recipes, I think, with a fair bit... (Read More)

About the art -- a thank you.

April 10th - via:
I just want to take a moment to say thank you to the people who backed The Stars Change, and A Feast of Serendib, specifically because you made it possible for me to commission artists like Jack Kotz and Pamudu Tennakoon to do illustrations and cover... (Read More)

Illustrator sneak peek / beef and potato curry teaser recipe / $8100 out of $10K!

April 10th - via:
Exciting -- Pamudu Tenakoon has delivered the first draft sketch for the cookbook. Making stringhoppers! She didn't use me as a model, but I can totally see the resemblance. :-) Pamudu wanted me to emphasize that this was just a pen draft, and that... (Read More)

Master Seasoned Onions & Black Pork Curry

April 8th - via:
Here's a few teaser recipes for you, and if you have a moment, would really appreciate it if you could share this Kickstarter!  Please tell your friends about my little book. :-)  - Mary Anne ***** Love is...swinging by the grocery store and... (Read More)

Local pick-up / more backstage peeks!

April 7th - via:
Locals, several of you have asked about whether you can buy the cookbook and avoid shipping costs. Yes, but it's a little complicated. Here's the details: a) during the Kickstarter, if you just want books / postcards, you can pre-order at this link:... (Read More)

Stretch goal #1 -- achieved! Stretch goal #2 -- Gluten-Free Serendib!

April 6th - via:
Woot! We made the first stretch goal, $7000, so you know what that means? Everyone who pledges gets two ebook cookbooks! Even at the $3 level -- two cookbooks for $3! What a deal! You get The Marshmallows of Serendib (a baker's dozen of tropical... (Read More)

An Island Relaxation Giveaway + Kickstarter geekery

April 5th - via:
Hey, we're up to $6000 already, v. cool.  Not that far to the first stretch goal, where all of you get two extra cookbooks! Two quick notes that may be of interest: 1) I'm running a giveaway on a bonus Island Relaxation Package -- details here:... (Read More)

A little background interview about the book!

April 4th - via:
I thought you might enjoy this piece, where I talk more about the background of cooking this food...  This is a lovely piece, from Oak Park's own serious chef and intrepid food writer, Melissa Elsmo. She is so kind. "As I settled in for a... (Read More)

eBook cover!

April 4th - via:
I think we have a final eBook cover for Feast!  Many thanks to Jeremy John Parker for the beautiful design, and for putting up with my finicky change requests.  "Can we reduce the kerning a bit? Let's try it with the capital 'A'. I think we need to... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1: Two more cookbooks!

April 3rd - via:
You folks have sent this galloping along to full funding!  But we have 28 days left, so let's add some stretch goals and see what else I can do for you. Stretch Goal #1: If we make it to $7000, I'm going to throw in, to every single level, a digital... (Read More)

Funded! AIYEEE!!!!

April 3rd - via:
That is the sound of me-as-an-elephant, or at least wearing my elephant socks, screaming in delight because just about 14 hours after launch, my Kickstarter for A Feast of Serendib, a Sri Lankan American cookbook, has hit its $4000 goal! Ebooks and... (Read More)

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