Monday, November 30, 2015

Help us bring Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook to print!

 Help my friend and fellow Chicago artist Kiam Marcelo Junio bring this fabulous cookbook to print. I'm really honored to have been able to contribute a recipe for this project. While most of Kiam's recipes are vegan versions of Filipino classics,  I shared a much less healthy family recipe for Spam Musubi :-)

Check out Kiam's Indiegogo campaign for Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook
Order now and you can get the book by Christmas!


Inside the Artist’s Kitchen is an online arts journal that documents artists making work in the Chicago, IL community. Over the course of our investigations, it became evident that there was an opportunity to provide a new, easily accessible platform to support artists in creating new work.  We launched our Digital Residency program in the Summer of 2014.
Our first resident, Kiam Marcelo Junio, has spent the past year exploring Filipino identity in a web series called Filipino Fusions. In the cooking show, Kiam’s alter ego Jerry Blossom demonstrates a vegan take on Filipino cuisine while discussing Filipino history and culture.
(Watch Filipino Fusions here!)

As a capstone project, we are wrapping finishing touches on Filipino Fusions: a Critical Cookbook, an artist’s cookbook that will serve as a culmination of Kiam’s work during the Digital Residency. The book will have delicious recipes featured in Filipino Fusions, and will include additional content exploring themes of colonization, migration, occupation and diaspora, expanding topics brought up over the course of the web series.

The Impact

Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes; it includes poetry, essays, interviews, and contributions by other artists who, in their own practices, consider shared themes of diaspora and cross cultural identity.
Contributing Artists:
- Aldrin Valdez, artist and writer, New York City, USA.
- Laura Kina, artist and teacher, Chicago, USA
- Annie Ai Nhi Le - Moussou, artist and teacher, Angers, France.
- Jonathan Sommer, with B!tCH3Z Drinking Project, Chicago, USA
The book is written, designed, and produced with love, care and attention. It is intended for practical use, to bring cultural conversations to tables around the world. The critical cookbook format contextualizes the recipes in personal, historical, and contemporary narratives.  The book allows openness to adaptation (of recipes and of identities) while recognizing tradition and history. 

What We Need & What You Get

    Estimated printing costs at $3,500. These funds will go towards getting our books printed and affording us locally hand-bound book covers (approx $2000). $150-$200 is for an ISBN / barcode for the book, $300-$500 is for photography, $300-$500 for Licensing our fonts and images and anything else is a buffer for the bumps along the way. Anything we get will be seriously helpful towards the making of this wonderful book.
  • What you get:
    a chance to own a  hardbound copy of Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook (or a pdf of the book), and other wonderful rewards, including original art by Kiam Marcelo Junio and local Chicago artists (TBA!).