Organized by season, with a corresponding photo as inspiration for every recipe, Grow to Gather provides appealing recipes and ideas for everyday use. This book not only gives us delicious meals to sustain our bodies, but also teaches us the best foods to cook, when to use them, and why. Throughout all four seasons, cooking and photographing in real-time during the year 2020, I will explore the different growing seasons, harvesting and shopping in accordance with what mother earth has to offer.
" Over 70 seasonal recipes and ideas to bring ease and awareness into your kitchen and onto your table."
I want to remind people of the importance of cooking not only for what your body needs or craves, but also gives us a simple structure for working with local and seasonal ingredients, producing less waste, taking time for self-care, and reminding people why it is so important to bring friends together at the dinner table.
I believe in eating a well balanced diet, which is mainly plant based, but realize that every body, and every person has different needs and options depending on their lifestyle. The recipes included in this book will not all be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free. But will be labeled as such when applicable. The recipes in this book are a collection of family generation dishes, simple dinner staples and some of my own creations inspired from different cultures.
Whether it be in the garden, in the kitchen, or as a photographer, I am so excited to see all my work pay off in a project such as this.
The book will be written in my mother tongue, Canadian English.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Grow to Gather's goal is to inspire and educate those who feel overwhelmed or confused with how they currently fuel their bodies. It is meant as a simple, yet beautiful, guide for those looking to live more sustainably and in-tune with their environment, from season to season.
Grow to Gather is a book that can be used in your kitchen for a quick recipe reference, or on your coffee table to flip through for inspiration. I took a big risk when I decided to put this project into reality because I feel that I have much to share about the environment, food, and sustainability.
Why would you support this project?
Without your support, I cannot move forward in making my dream a reality. This book is a huge passion of mine, one that I have already put a lot of hard work and thought into. As a freelance photographer, I do not personally have the funding needed to complete this project.
Why a cookbook you ask? Isn't the market already full of these? Yes, there are a lot of cookbooks out there already. My aim with this one is to help educate each reader about the importance of listening to their bodies’ needs within each growing season. It will serve as a guide and inspiration to provide everyday ideas to fuel your body and improve your cooking skills and maybe your overall health.
I believe that not everything in this world should be digital and am really excited to put my hard work on paper. This hardcover colour book ( circa 21cm x 28cm ) will be printed by a local printer on a beautiful matte, recycled paper with natural inks.
I also understand that not everyone needs or wants another cookbook on their shelves. That is why I have chosen to offer different types of rewards for anyone who chooses to support me or the project.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
With your support, I can take the time to develop, write, cook, and photograph each one of the 70+ recipes included in this book. This all takes time, energy, and hard work. For the 5th growing season in Munich, I will tend to a 30 square meter vegetable garden from May to November 2020. Using these vegetables, as well as other products from local markets and shops, I will create the recipes in this book.
The money raised through this crowdfunding project will go directly toward paying for the first hardcover print version of this book from a local printer on a recycled matte, high-quality paper. The money earned will also be used to pay for the layout and design of the book, editing, marketing, as well as the shipping costs to all of you wishing to receive the finished product.
Who are the people behind the project?
Andrea Senyk - Project Creator, Cook & Photographer Andrea was born and raised in rural Ontario, Canada, where farms, produce, and freshwater are abundant. She learned at a young age, through elite sports and hard work, about the importance of fuelling your body right. She has tended to a garden every summer for as long as she can remember. She believes in sustainability, conscious consumption, and responsible purchasing. Andrea lives and works as a freelance portrait, food, and lifestyle photographer in Munich, Germany.
Nicole Krusch - Graphic Designer & Consultant Nicky is a visual designer and illustrator living in Cologne, Germany. Besides her day to day work as digital designer she loves paper crafting and spending time outside in nature or going on long runs & bike rides.
Karen Ruetz - Editor & Consultant Karen lives on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys tending to her vegetable garden and cooking for her family of four. Karen is currently freelance editing from home while raising her two children.