Kickstarter 2: German Cookbook & English Reprint!

Grow the Global Veg Scene! The Lotus and the Artichoke - Painting, JPM in kitchen

The Lotus and the Artichoke is back on Kickstarter to crowdfund the German edition of my cookbook, and to help fund the next English printing this Spring. Join the adventure and help make it happen!

In 2012 my first Kickstarter project The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Cookbook was successful with the help of over 360 amazing backers from around the world. In December, the first edition was printed: 1000 copies in full color, featuring over 100 recipes and more than 90 full-page, mouth-watering photographs. The Lotus and the Artichoke quickly became an international sensation!

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The Lotus and the Artichoke goes to print!

Friday, November 30, 2012: The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Cookbook went to print at Druckhaus Schöneweide in Berlin!

After many months of hard work, the cookbook was finally ready to print! I made this short video and took photos of the production. (Special thanks to Marko & Sergio of CLIMA for the music used in this and my Kickstarter video.)

The cookbooks arrive from the printer on December 7th. I’ll start shipping the orders as soon as possible, starting with the Kickstarter rewards. I’m finalizing everything for the t-shirts and tote bags, and am getting the bookmarks and other stickers today and tomorrow!

JPM and The Lotus and the Artichoke Vegan Cookbook December 2012

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegan Cookbook Order Set

Order my cookbook now and get:

  • The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook – softbound 1st English edition.
    216 pages in color, 100+ recipes, 80+ full page delicious food photos, artwork, tips & tricks, travel stories + more!
    Title page signed by the author (me!) on request.
  • The Lotus and the Artichoke sticker pack with 4 different, durable indoor/outdoor stickers.
  • The Lotus and the Artichoke bookmark
  • Only $22.95 $21.95 + shipping (US & Europe: $4.95, Canada: $5.95, Asia: $6.95)

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Covers being printing

This is a shot of the covers being printed. It was so exciting to see the covers in production. The machines work very fast, and most of the time required is to set everything up and get the color and alignment perfect.

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Heidelberg print machine

This is one of many massive Heidelberg printing machines. Only the best for my cookbook! They are so big and loud that they usually have telephones at each end so the workers can talk to one another during printing and set-up.

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Justin at Druckhaus Schöneweide

That’s me, with a silly grin. You’d be smiling, too, after months of 12 hour work days and finally getting to see your project come to life! It’s a fairly goofy photo of me, but it was the best I could get after barely convincing one of the employees to hold my camera and click the shutter.

The Lotus and the Artichoke - CMYK color printing plates for the vegan cookbook

These are the color plates for the printing job. It’s the most expensive part of the project. The paper and binding costs are relatively small in comparison to how much it costs to create 4 color plates (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) for each of the 10 print sheets which have 24 pages, except the cover which is printed on its own. The plates are numbered 1 to 9 (plus one for the cover) and marked with VS (Vorderseite – Front) and RS (Rückseite – Back).

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Frau Thomas and Herr Wischer checking the colors

Here are two of the workers helping to check and confirm the color settings for a printed sheet of recipes, photographs and text. You can see the 12 pages printed on the top side of this sheet. The guy on the right was especially cool. He told me he loved working on this project, but the only problem was the photos made him hungry! At first he didn’t believe me when I told him all of the recipes are totally vegetarian (vegan). He ordered 2 copies for his sisters who are both vegetarian. How cool is that?

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Recipes and pages of the cookbook

One sheet of the cookbook inner pages showing the rich, colorful full-page photographs and cool green text used for the recipe instruction pages and text throughout the book. You can also see part of the text and photos used for the AFRICA travel stories and recipe inspiration background.

In just a few short days the cookbooks will be delivered from the printer!

Learn more about the cookbook and watch my Kickstarter promo video here: Order my Vegan Cookbook!

Order my cookbook now and get:

  • The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook – softbound 1st English edition.
    216 pages in color, 100+ recipes, 80+ full page delicious food photos, artwork, tips & tricks, travel stories + more!
    Title page signed by the author (me!) on request.
  • The Lotus and the Artichoke sticker pack with 4 different, durable indoor/outdoor stickers.
  • The Lotus and the Artichoke bookmark
  • Only $22.95 $21.95 + shipping (US & Europe: $4.95, Canada: $5.95, Asia: $6.95)

9 Steps of Painting

A lot of people ask me about my artwork. It’s going to be a part of this blog and the cookbook. Here’s a behind the scenes look in my studio. For now, I’ll deviate from my usual posts of recipes and travel stories and we can explore some art!

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Finished Painting  The Lotus and the Artichoke - Finished Painting

My 9 Steps of Painting

(Some personal background and a How-To)

First, here are the 9 Steps I use to create a painting:

  1. Idea
  2. Research
  3. Sketch
  4. Scan
  5. Underpainting
  6. Overpainting
  7. Block
  8. Details
  9. Document

I’ll explain them in more detail in a bit. Scroll down if you’re just here for the images and a cool step-by-step of a work from start to finish.

I didn’t take photos at every step for this last work, but the process was exactly as in the steps above. Further below you can see photos of an earlier work in the making. The process is the same whether I’m working really large or really small. It’s a process I’ve been working with and have refined over the years.

Are you ready for me to get nostalgic and tell a personal story?

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Artwork in Progress

Image

Yes, it’s coming along! It’s a new blockprint. I hope to be finished carving it today or tomorrow and print it this weekend. If it turns out well it’ll be the main image for the blog, possibly be used for the printed cookbook cover or title page… and maybe even tshirts and tote bags for Kickstarter rewards. Oh yeah, and the print itself. More info to come, but right now I’m thinking of making a limited edition of the blockprints for sale and for fancy Kickstarter sponsor rewards

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