INDIA vegan cookbook on Kickstarter

My newest cookbook, The Lotus and the Artichoke – INDIA just launched on Kickstarter!

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My new INDIA cookbook has been years in the making – with recipes, stories, artwork & photographs inspired by 8 trips to my most favourite country. It’s a culinary love story of my favorite cuisine – based on a total of nearly two years in India and 25 years of devotion to Indian cooking.

My first trip to India was in 2001: mostly North India and Nepal. I spent 4 months on that journey, then another 6 weeks in South India in 2006. I visited twice more, in 2009 & 2010, followed by living and working for a year (as an art teacher) in Central India, returning to Berlin in 2011.

In Autumn 2016 & Spring 2017, I went back to India to taste and explore the last regions (and cuisines) of India still waiting for me. I traveled across Kashmir & Ladakh, trekking through mountain villages and exploring towns and cities, staying mostly with families and cooking together in their kitchens. Then I went deep into the Northeast: West Bengal, Assam, Sikkim, and Nagaland. I even met with world famous chefs at their restaurants – and homes – for incredible eats and great times in the kitchen.

Now I’m back in Berlin, recreating the culinary wonders of the Indian subcontinent in my own kitchen. As with my previous 4 cookbooks, I have written, illustrated, cooked, photographed, and designed this book myself. It’s a labor of love and the ultimate combination of my passions: art, travel, vegan cooking, and photography.

I’m back on Kickstarter for my 5th international cookbook project. You can join the crowdfunding which makes everything possible. It’s an adventure in itself, complete with backer-only updates, behind the scenes sneak peaks, exclusive travel videos & stories, recipe testing groups, and more.

Pre-order a signed copy of The Lotus and the Artichoke – INDIA (including worldwide shipping, stickers & e-book for €25!)

My INDIA Cookbook at a glance:

  • My 5th cookbook of vegan recipes inspired by my travels, stays with families, and cooking in the kitchens of restaurants worldwide
  • 192 pages with 90+ recipes and over 70 full-page color photos
  • Personal storiesart, and recipes inspired by 8 trips / 21+ months of travel around India and over 25 years vegan cooking experience
  • Total variety of regional cuisines: Rajasthani, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Maharashtrian, Tamil, Kerelan, Karnatakan, Goan, Hyderbadi, Bengali, Assamese, Sikkimese, Ladakhi, Tibetan, Nepali
  • Indian classics & family favorites, timeless treats, new culinary wonders, mind-blowing mega-metropolitan snacks, fabulous village feasts, scrumptious street food, and insanely delicious desserts
  • Discover new flavors, tasty spices, and awesome cooking skills
  • Great for cooks of all levels, from beginner to advanced: Recipes use easy-to-find ingredients (Cook everything, anywhere!)
  • Delicious, easy-to-follow recipes designed to satisfy and impress eaters of all ages, tastes, and minds
  • Available in ENGLISH… und auch auf DEUTSCH!

Shahi Bengan – Roasted Stuffed Eggplant

Gobi Pakoras – Batter-fried Cauliflower

Saag Paneer – Spinach & Fried Tofu Cubes

Pani Puri – Street Food Favorite

Aloo Paratha – Grilled Potato-Stuffed Flatbreads

Shahi Paneer – fried tofu cubes in creamy tomato sauce

Seitan Vindaloo – Goan Tangy Curry

Samosas! Fried Potato-Stuffed Pastries

Gajur Halava – Bengali Carrot Pudding

Gulab Jamuns – Doughballs in Rose Syrup

Berry Halava – Fruity Semolina Dessert

Recipes in The Lotus and the Artichoke – INDIA:

  • Garam Masala, Sambar Masala, Chaat Masala & Panch Puran
  • Tamarind Ginger, Pineapple, Tomato, Coconut, Chili & Bhang Chutneys
  • Aam Achar – Mango Pickle
  • Amitar Khar – Assamese papaya starter
  • Handvo – Gujurati zucchini cake
  • Uttapam – South Indian rice & lentil pancakes with tomatoes
  • Idly Paper Dosa – Karnatakan crispy rice & lentil crepes
  • Rava Dosa – Tamil semolina crepes
  • Dahi Vada Chaat – lentil cakes with yogurt & chutney
  • Hariali Paneer Tikka – Punjabi tofu skewers with spices & herbs
  • Gobi Pakora – batter-fried cauliflower
  • Mirchi Vada – Rajasthani batter-fried chillies
  • Aloo Tikka – spicy, fried potato cakes
  • Samosa – vegetable-stuffed fried pastry
  • Pani Puri – potato-stuffed fried pastry with tamarind spice water
  • Pav Bhaji – spicy vegetable mash with fresh baked buns
  • Momos – Tibetan vegetable dumplings
  • Shapaley – Tibetan vegetable pies
  • Kolkota Kathi Roll – spicy soymeat & shredded cabbage wrap
  • Sambar Bandhgobi Rolls – stuffed cabbage leaves
  • Aloo Dum – Kashmiri tomato potato curry
  • Shahi Tamatar – roasted stuffed tomatoes
  • Shahi Bengan – roasted stuffed eggplant
  • Shahi Mirch – roasted stuffed peppers
  • Shahi Paneer – tofu cubes in creamy, tomato curry
  • Paneer Jalfrezi – spicy tofu cubes
  • Saag Paneer – spinach & tofu cubes
  • Mutter Paneer – peas & tofu cubes
  • Xaak – Assamese greens, potatoes & cherry tomatoes
  • Bengan Bhartha – Kashmiri roasted aubergine
  • Malai Kofta – potato dumplings in creamy tomato curry
  • Bindi Aloo Tawa Masala – spicy stir-fried okra & potatoes
  • Khumb Kaju Makhani – Rajasthani cashew mushroom curry
  • Shukto – Bengali eggplant, potato & plantains
  • Pumpkin Posto – Bengali squash in creamy poppy seed curry
  • Seitan Vindaloo – Goan tangy curry
  • Black Sesame Seitan – Assamese spicy curry
  • Tamatar Pitika – Assamese tomatoes with herbs & spices
  • Aloo Pitika – Assamese potatoes with herbs & spices
  • Bol Tenga – Assames lentil dumplings in tangy curry
  • Mas Tenga – Assamese tangy jackfruit curry
  • Chupke – Tibetan dumpling soup
  • Tarka Dal – Punjabi lentil curry
  • Chana Masala – spicy chickpeas
  • Rajma – Kashmiri red kidney bean curry
  • Lobia Palak – black-eyed peas with lemon & spinach
  • Golden Rice – with turmeric & spices
  • Chana Pulao – rice with chickpeas
  • Pulihora – Tamil tamarind rice with peanuts & spices
  • Classic Biryani – Kashmiri rice dish with vegetables, nuts & spices
  • Jackfruit Biryani – Tamil coconut rice dish with spicy jackfruit
  • Tupula Bhaat – Assamese sticky rice steamed in banana leaves
  • Aloo Paratha – grilled flatbread stuffed with potatoes
  • Tibetan Bread – fried breakfast snack
  • Makki Roti – grilled cornbread
  • Roti – wholewheat grilled flatbread
  • Garlic Naan – traditional baked flatbread
  • Poori – deep-fried flatbreads
  • Date Ladoo – date & nut sweets
  • Besan Ladoo – chickpea sweet
  • Gajur Halava – spiced carrot pudding
  • Berry Halava – strawberry & blueberry semolina sweet
  • Mysore Pak – traditional sweet squares
  • Gulab Jamun – deep-fried dough balls in rose syrup
  • Rasmalai – cheese balls in saffron mango milk
  • Jalebi – fried, syrupy sweet
  • Peda – lemon cashew creamy sweet
  • Kheer – Kashmiri rice pudding with cardamom, nuts & raisins
  • Mishti Doi – Bengali sweet curd
  • Shrikand – Maharashtran yogurt dessert
  • Pista Kulfi – pistachio ice cream
  • Pitha – Bengali sesame & date pastry
  • Narikol Ladoo – Assamese shredded coconut balls
  • Kadala Parippu – Keralan sweet chana dal dessert
  • Ginger Chai – spiced black tea
  • Kahwa – Kashmiri green tea with almond & saffron
  • Badam Dudh – almond milk with cardamom & cinnamon
  • Anjoor Kaju Dudh – cashew shake with fig & date
  • Strawberry Mint Lassi – yogurt smoothie

MALAYSIA cookbook released

Last week the printer delivered my new MALAYSIA cookbook! I’ll be busy packing Kickstarter orders and other pre-orders of the German and English books and going to the post office for the next few weeks. All the pre-orders and reward packages should arrive in time for the holidays. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still get my new book:

ORDER: The Lotus and the Artichoke – MALAYSIA vegan cookbook:

p.s. The Lotus and the Artichoke MALAYSIA e-book will be officially released in mid-November.

On Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 at 11 am NYC (EST) / 4 pm BERLIN (CET/GMT+1) I’ll be on KICKSTARTER LIVE again. Join me and the Kickstarter crew and listen to me tell all about how I turned my kitchen into a cooking show studio with their new live video stream feature. During my successful 30 day crowdfunding campaign I did two live cooking demos with recipes from The Lotus and the Artichoke MALAYSIA: Mee Goreng (fried noodles) & Penang Laksa (noodle soup).

Click here to watch the Nov 2 show (FREE) & submit your questions for me to answer!

MALAYSIA vegan cookbook on Kickstarter

The Lotus and the Artichoke MALAYSIA vegan cookbook on Kickstarter

On August 16th, 2016 I launched the Kickstarter Crowdfunding project for The Lotus and the Artichoke MALAYSIA vegan cookbook!

This is my 4th Kickstarter project, and like the first three, it’s off to a terrific start. Cruise on over and check out the campaign. It’s a great way to support my creative endeavors and culinary adventures, and it’s a great way to pre-order the new cookbook which will be coming out in October.

The Kickstarter will end on Sept 15th… make sure to get in before the fun is over. For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting cool updates and Behind the Scenes stories and photos of the design and production of the new cookbook.

The Lotus and the Artichoke – MALAYSIA

After 3 successful Kickstarter projects and 3 internationally celebrated cookbooks, The Lotus and the Artichoke is back with a new cookbook… and back on Kickstarter! Earlier this year, I returned home to Berlin, Germany after 5 intense weeks exploring Malaysia, Singapore & Borneo: checking out the cities, cruising the coasts and countryside, island life during the wild Chinese New Year celebrations, staying in a rainforest treehouse, eating and cooking with the locals everywhere, and riding buses, trains, taxis, and boats all over the place.

Since then, I’ve been recreating the insanely delicious eats, writing up new recipes inspired from the trip, spending hours at my art desk and computer with the illustrations and design, and photographing all the dishes for my next cookbook: The Lotus and the Artichoke – MALAYSIA: A Culinary Adventure with over 70 Vegan Recipes.

Lotus MALAYSIA tree of life painting cookbook title page

Malaysia vegan cookbook cover blockprint

My 4th cookbook of vegan recipes inspired by my travels, stays with families, and cooking in the kitchens of restaurants worldwide:

  • 160 pages – with over 60 full page color photos
  • Personal stories, art, and recipes inspired by 5 weeks of travel in Malaysia, Singapore & Borneo
  • Explore amazing MalayChinese, and Indian cuisine from the fantastic foodie metropolises Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, culinary heritage highlights of Penang, rising star Ipoh, Sarawak’s quaint Kuching, the tribal highlands of Borneo and beyond
  • Everyday classics, mind-blowing mains, fabulous feasts, street food superstars, awesome salads & fresh treats, great snacks, and crazy delicious desserts
  • Discover new flavors, tasty spices, and easy, awesome cooking skills
  • Great for cooks of all levels, from beginner to advanced: Recipes use easy-to-find ingredients (Cook everything anywhere!)
  • Delicious, easy-to-follow recipes designed to satisfy and impress eaters of all ages, tastes, and minds
  • Available in ENGLISH… und auch auf DEUTSCH!

Pre-Order my MALAYSIA cookbook on Kickstarter

Some of the recipes:

  • Kelabit Mango Salad
  • Shredded Beet & Coconut Salad
  • Cucumber Zucchini Salad
  • Acar – pickled vegetables
  • Urap – traditional veg side
  • Penang Laksa Soup
  • Curry Mee – Nonya Noodle Soup
  • Spicy Mushroom Noodle Soup
  • Wonton Soup
  • Popiah Rolls
  • Otak-Otak – steamed quiche pockets
  • Satay Skewers w/ peanut sauce
  • Serunding Kelapa – roasted coconut & spices
  • Sauce Kachang – satay sauce
  • Sambal Belachan – red chili sauce
  • Pineapple Pepper Chutney
  • homemade red curry rempah paste
  • vegan faux-fish sauce
  • super 5-spice powder
  • Nasi Lemak – coconut creamy rice & ginger lemongrass tofu
  • Nasi Kandar – Malay street food feast
  • Nasi Kerabu - herbs, spices & olive mushroom rice
  • Nasi Goreng – fried rice classic
  • Mee Goreng – fried noodles with vegetables & crumbled tofu
  • KLFC – Kuala Lumpur Fried “Chicken”
  • Mushroom Murtabak – stuffed, grilled Indian flatbread
  • Sayur Campur – mixed vegetables w/ dark soy sauce
  • Sayur Lodeh – mixed vegetables w/ coconut gravy
  • Kang-Kong Goreng – stir-fried spinach
  • Bao – steamed buns w/ spicy seitan
  • Assam Tofu Faux-Fish – Asian casserole
  • Crispy Curry Tempeh Cubes
  • Soya Rendang
  • Black Pepper Seitan
  • Eggplant & Okra Tomato Curry
  • Szechuan (Kung Pow) Seitan
  • Char Kuey Teow – stir-fried rice noodles
  • Hong Shao Rou – roasted jackfruit
  • Mushroom Manchurian
  • Roti Canai – red curry & flatbread w/ chutney
  • Banana Leaf – Indian curry meal
  • Gobi 65 – Indochinese batter-fried cauliflower
  • Punjabi Sizzler
  • Apam Balik – crunchy peanut pancakes
  • Cendol – shaved ice, green noodles & syrup
  • Kueh Dadar – green pandan crepes
  • Kueh Lapis – multi-color cake
  • Ondeh-Ondeh – sweet, chewy dumplings
  • Kuih Kodok – fried banana fritters
  • Chocolate Mint Cake
  • Lychee Banana Sorbet
  • Coconut Ice Cream
  • Iced Ginger Lime Soda
  • Purple Dream
  • … and more!

Sri Lanka Vegan Cookbook on Kickstarter

The Lotus and the Artichoke SRI LANKA Vegan Cookbook on Kickstarter

The Lotus and the Artichoke – SRI LANKA! is on Kickstarter!

Today I launched my third Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign… for my third vegan cookbook full of recipes, stories, art, and photographs inspired by my world travels. This time it’s all about SRI LANKA, where I traveled for 10 weeks this last winter, eating and cooking everywhere possible, learning new cooking methods and spices, and getting to know the country, the people, and the traditions of Sri Lanka.

UPDATE: The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was extremely successful. The new cookbook has been printed and was released on November, 21, 2015.

How can you get a copy of my new cookbook?

Order The Lotus and the Artichoke – SRI LANKA (English or German) directly from Ventil Verlag!

or send me an email to order a signed copy of the cookbook with stickers & bookmark… directly from me.

The Lotus and the Artichoke - SRI LANKA travel map

My SRI LANKA Cookbook:

  • My 3rd cookbook of vegan recipes inspired by my travels, stays with families, and cooking in the kitchens of restaurants worldwide
  • 160 pages – with over 60 full page color photos
  • Stories, art, and recipes inspired by 10 weeks of travel all over Sri Lanka
  • Explore diverse Sri Lankan cuisine from the capital, countryside, mountains and coastal towns, including South Indian Tamil specialties from the Northern and Eastern regions – only recently accessible since end of civil clashes in 2009
  • Every day classic dishes, impress-anyone curries, fancy feasts, street food superstars, awesome salads and fresh treats, great snacks, and crazy delicious sweets
  • Discover new flavors, tasty spices and easy, awesome cooking skills
  • Great for cooks of all levels, from beginner to advanced
  • recipes use easy-to-find ingredients (cook everything anywhere!)
  • Delicious, easy-to-follow recipes designed to satisfy and impress eaters of all ages, tastes, and minds.

Check out the video on KICKSTARTER

The Lotus and the Artichoke – SRI LANKA promo video (YouTube)

The Lotus and the Artichoke SRI LANKA Peacock miniature painting

Jackfruit Curry Dinner from The Lotus and the Artichoke - SRI LANKA!

Some of the RECIPES…

  • Jackfruit Curry
  • Masala Mushroom Dosa
  • Cauliflower Cashew Korma Curry
  • Red Beet Curry
  • Mango Pineapple Curry
  • Pumpkin Dal Curry
  • Cabbage Curry – Mellum
  • Rocket Coconut Curry – Gowa Atu
  • Spicy Seitan Kottu & Vegetable Kottu
  • Wild Greens & Ginger Mango Dressing
  • Lotus Root Salad – Nalum Ala Salada
  • Coconut Carrot Radish Salad
  • Idly & Vada – Rice Lentil Dumplings & Fritters
  • Sri Lankan Crepes – Vegetable Roti & more
  • Streetfood Veg Rolls
  • Deviled Chickpeas – Kadala Thel Dala
  • Hoppers – Appa
  • Coconut Chili Chutney (Pol Sambol)
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Mango Chutney
  • Ladoo Sweets
  • Delicious Date Cake
  • Coconut Pockets
  • Coconut Rice Balls – Konda Kevum
  • Tapioca Pudding – Payasam
  • Coconut Rice Syrup Squares – Kalu Dodol
  • Banana Pancakes
  • Spiced Coconut Pudding – Watalappam
  • …and many more!

Deviled Chickpeas - Kadala Thel Dala from The Lotus and the Artichoke - SRI LANKA vegan cookbook

Wild Greens & Ginger Mango dressing

Idly Vada Sri Lankan South Indian lunchbox tiffin

Mint Sambol - The Lotus and the Artichoke - SRI LANKA

Sweet Semolina Squares (Kesari) from The Lotus and the Artichoke - SRI LANKA vegan cookbook

Order a copy of my new cookbook:

Order The Lotus and the Artichoke – SRI LANKA (English or German) directly from Ventil Verlag!

or send me an email to order a signed copy of the cookbook with stickers & bookmark… directly from me.

JPM and The Lotus and the Artichoke SRI LANKA vegan cookbook at Chaostheorie in Berlin

My first copies of my new vegan cookbook SRI LANKA arrived!

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)

Kickstarter at 108% – New Goals

JPM in the kitchen - Vegan Cookbook Kickstarter 105% funded! New Goals!

Yesterday, The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Cookbook on Kickstarter passed the initial funding goal of $6500 and sped on to 105% funding. Currently, we’re at 108%… and going strong!

UPDATE October 10: We’re now over 200% funded and have less than 24 hours to reach our final goal of $14,000!

Words can hardly express my excitement and intense gratitude. That’s why I made this little painting for the occasion!

Because we’ve gotten our initial amount in pledges, the project is a definite GO, the first printing of the cookbook is possible. We still have another 19 days to bring in more funds for our extended goals. There’s still time for more pre-orders of the cookbook and selecting other cool rewards and project perks.


  • All rewards at $25 and above will include a pack of 8 awesome, artsy The Lotus and the Artichoke stickers.
  • Starting Now: Any backer who increases their pledge $3 or more also gets a sticker pack!


  • I will add 5 new, vegan German recipes to the cookbook
  • This chapter will be included in the first edition of the cookbook and ebook scheduled to ship in December 2012.
  • A bigger, better cookbook with even more delicious recipes, mouth-watering photos, fun stories, and cool art.
  • All rewards to German addresses will get FREE shipping.
  • Already added shipping? I’ll give you some great extras so you’re über-happy!


  • I will add 5 new, vegan Southeast Asian recipes to the cookbook. More fun from my travels and culinary adventures in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
  • These recipes will be included in the first edition of the cookbook and ebook scheduled to ship in December 2012.
  • The cookbook gets even better, even tastier, and even bigger!


  • We can fund the first printing of the cookbook and publication of the ebook in German. German editions will be available and shipped in March 2013.
  • All backers who choose a reward including an English copy of the cookbook (or ebook!) can also receive the German ebook FREE.
  • Any backer who selects a reward including a printed English cookbook can also get a printed copy of the German cookbook, if they increase their pledge by $15 or more.
  • New reward options for existing backers who want German cookbooks!

If you’re wondering what in the world this is all about, perhaps it’s because you haven’t visited the Kickstarter project page or seen my last post on the Kickstarter launch. Take a look and find out more about how the cookbook project and first printing is being funded.

And don’t worry, if none of this business and promotion stuff is your cup of tea… Very soon I’ll be back to posting more recipes inspired by my world travels and wild adventures and experiments in the kitchen.

I also had a guest-post at Scissors & Spice featuring a vegan North Indian Dum Aloo recipe, which will soon find a home on this site… and in the cookbook.

The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook on Kickstarter

Vegan Cookbook Kickstarter GO! - Justin in the kitchen

The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Cookbook launched on Kickstarter today!

I can hardly contain my excitement and anticipation! These last two weeks I’ve been so unbelievably busy with the preparations for today. I’m proud to announce the project is finally live, the trailer video for the cookbook is finished and online, and we’ve officially begun the fundraising to back the first printing of The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Recipes from World Adventures.

It also means that as of today, now you can place a pre-order for the cookbook – both printed and as ebook – to be sent to you in early December. Here’s where you can read more about the cookbook and the publication plans.

We have 30 days to reach our goal of $6500.

I want to be as optimistic as possible, but I need to be realistic: I cannot do this without your support.

I really hope to meet and exceed the financial goal and have enough funding to also publish the German version of the cookbook by the end of the year. I’m doing something that means a lot to me. I want it to mean something to you, too. Let’s make it a reality!

Why I need your support:

  • Help fund the first printing of the book (around $5000)
  • Enable me to invest in the cool rewards: stylish t-shirts and tote bags
  • Provide art materials used for the illustration and design of the cookbook and website
  • Give fair compensation for translation, editing, publicity and press helpers
  • Share the inspiration, experience, and adventure with everyone!

Printing books is expensive. Especially when done all nice and fancy like I do. Nice covers, nice paper, lots of full-color photo pages, and a great design. The rewards will be high-quality as well: good shirts, decent cloth carry bags. My art materials are costly: I use good stuff. The prints are done on handmade Japanese hemp paper and I use an excellent German printing ink. The acrylics for paintings are an investment.

Lastly, I do have editorial and translation help on this project. I compensate people properly for their quality involvement. For all these reasons, this project needs greenbacks.

Justin in the Kitchen - Vegan Cookbook Kickstarter Launch

What’s in it for you?

Some of my friends are telling me I’m crazy for pricing my rewards so low. Most people use Kickstarter as a way to just bring in the big bucks and rely on generosity based on that good feeling you get from being nice. I think that’s dandy, but I also want all my backers to get cool stuff and to TALK about the fun perks I built into the project.

On one end of the scale, you can throw in a few bucks and spread the word. If hundreds of people do that, it helps plenty! I’ll be grateful. Pitch in a bit more and you get a cool, personal postcard with fancy stamps from my next trip. Or pre-order the cookbook. Get a stylish T-shirt with some of my art, or get in on the fashionable Berliner hipster game with one of my cloth carry bags. Like my artwork? I’ve also got limited edition blockprints.

I also plan to introduce even more fancy rewards in the next weeks.

Hold on to your hats. There are already some BIG rewards!

Am I nuts to propose I’d go (almost) anywhere in the world on your instructions to create new recipes and artwork? Maybe. I like to think it’s a cool kind of crazy. I’m adventurous enough to accept the bare minimum in financial support to make the trip possible. Would I fly to a new location in Europe, all-expenses included, to stay with locals and learn a new cuisine and create cool new recipes for the book? Yes, I would.

How can I possibly do that for under $1000 – especially if that money’s needed for printing the cookbook? Well, I have lots of experience with traveling on a budget. Back in 2001, I spent 4 months in India and Nepal for less than $2500, including my airfare and all transportation costs. I also spent less than $1000 on a 4-week trip through Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. And it’s just the way my priorities work.

If I want to travel somewhere, I find a way to make it happen.

I’m so into the idea, I’d travel for this project and for fundraising purposes even if it doesn’t financially break even. You see, I have this belief that if you really passionately believe in something you can make it real, one way or another. I believe all things will come together when you really focus. Things fall into place, even if differently than planned. Of course, you’ve got to work hard to make it happen, too. I’ve been very busy!

It’s not all daydreams and visualization exercises over here! I do my homework, too, when it comes to the practical and rational aspects of making a dream materialize. Stuff like moving abroad, learning languages, crossing continents, and launching creative enterprises.

(Details on rewards and project backing at the cookbook’s Kickstarter page)

What others are saying about The Lotus and the Artichoke:

What people are saying about my vegan cookbook and food blog

“The Lotus and the Artichoke is a great source for delicious vegan dishes from all over the globe. We love how the detailed recipes are presented along with a personal story from Justin, plus mouth-watering food photography. If you are looking for creative vegan recipes, this is the place!”
Dani & Jess (Germany/USA), Globetrotter Girls

“Judging by the photos and awesome recipes I’ve seen, this is going to be a must-have in your kitchen collection. I’m especially excited because there’s such a focus on world cuisines. I definitely support this project and you should too!”
Paul Jarvis (Canada), author of Eat Awesome

“This is a book that will open your mind to new tastes, new lands, and new adventures. I’m really looking forward to making these recipes with my family and teaching my young children about how our simple food choices can have such a profound impact on our health, the lives of animals, and our planet.”
Kristen Palana (Italy), Aura’s House & Veggie Propaganda

“I’ve had the chance to get to know Justin over the past few months in Berlin. If you spend just a short while talking with him, you’re guaranteed to come away feeling better about yourself… and the universe. His passion for life and interest in travel and food is palpable. And trust me: his cooking is delicious… and I’m not even vegan!”
Adam Groffman (USA), Travels of Adam

“Justin has a true passion, talent and love for sharing beautiful vegan cuisine from around the world. He’s introduced me to so many incredibly delicious dishes and flavours that I had never experienced before. I highly recommend The Lotus and the Artichoke to all food lovers!”
Jennifer Vega (Canada), Sweet On Veg

“I met Justin in Nepal way back in 2001. We quickly discovered a shared obsession with vegetarian world cuisine and began swapping travel stories of exotic dishes we’d had in foreign countries. As a vegetarian chef myself, I really enjoy when fellow veggies “get” international cuisine. We’ve spent years bouncing ideas off one another and evolving recipes. I’m excited that Justin’s committed his ideas to paper – I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this cookbook!”
– Vincent Campellone
(Ireland), Inside Job Catering

“I’m proudly supporting Justin’s The Lotus and the Artichoke because he’s a fellow traveler following his dream and sharing his passion with the world. The food pics leave me drooling!”
Niall Doherty (Ireland), Disrupting the Rabblement

“Justin ist durch die halbe Welt gereist. Seine Rezepte sind einfach die Wucht! Er sucht sich aus allen Spezialitäten nur das Beste raus und mixt es zu etwas ganz eigenem, besonderem zusammen. Man wird immer überrascht und nie enttäuscht!”
Marko Streitenberger (Germany), CLIMA

“This is a must-have cookbook for any lover of good food, art, travel, and adventure. I had the good fortune of experiencing Justin’s cooking while in Berlin a few years ago. Many adventures and fabulous meals later comes the perfect culmination of Justin’s passion for living and sharing the good life creatively. I am looking forward to making these recipes for my family and having a fresh selection of exciting vegan recipes for parties and potlucks!”
Christine Donley (USA), Diary of an Art Luvah: Art and Culture around the Globe

What other people are saying about The Lotus and the Artichoke vegan food blog and cookbook

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Artwork in Progress


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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Kickstarter Campaign – This Summer!

Behind the Scenes: Sketches - The Lotus and the Artichoke

Okay, so I’m totally busy researching and creating and sketching for my Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for the first print of the cookbook The Lotus and the Artichoke. I plan to have my video, logo, promotional artwork and descriptions ready to go in the next weeks. I’m already thinking up lots of cool rewards for sponsors– ranging from postcards to blockprints to signed books to t-shirts and tote bags! I’ll probably even include some big rewards, too!

If you have experience with Kickstarter and have some tips for me, please email me or msg me on Facebook. Of course, leaving some comments here is a good start, too. Thanks!