What was the best thing about your travels???
Was it meeting new people? Was it the plentiful alcohol? Perhaps the bustling cities, deserted beaches or the wonderful food?
Hello, we are Svenja and Mara and together we’ve started Gastrostyle a business that is betting that what you loved about your travels was all of the above. And we are aiming to create a cookbook that brings you all that.
We want to produce a cookbook that encapsulated the feeling of traveling, having your eyes opened to the fact that it is actually a small world, big in diversity and extraordinarily interconnected.
On June, 19th we will board a plane in the UK and start a journey taking us to surf the couches of food enthusiast across Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, The USA and finally Canada: Over ten weeks we will sleep on countless sofa beds, roll out mattresses and most importantly encourage our hosts to cook their favourite dish! The beauty of couch surfing is that even though we may be in Costa Rica, our host maybe an Indian couple, who’ve lived in Costa Rica for the past decade. We will aim to get the story of what brought them and kept them out there, and how their Indian culture has found it's path into the way they make Costa Rican dishes and vice versa.
You see we honestly believe that this cookbook could be one of a kind, the first cookbook to show the world for what it really is, interconnected. Their is no such thing as Italian, Spanish or Indian food anymore, we all bring who we are to how we cook, and we don’t want to just give you the recipe. We want to deliver the story behind it, the photos of the process and the resulting feast, who created it, the houses they cook in and the city and towns and people that inspired it.
So this is our plan.
A cookbook that looks like any other but with a little twist, for each full page recipe, groomed from our hosts, there will also be a full page tale of who they are and how this all came to be, any words of wisdom we may have picked up, and any tips and tricks we´ve picked up too. Then we will flesh it out and add colour to the word with two full pages of beautiful photographs so we hope to make you feel like you traveled with us, met these wonderful people, got stuck in their kitchen, sat at their table, drank a glass of wine with them and exchanged some trashy tales.
To do all of this we are asking for your help, we’ve set our goal at 2,000 pounds; this will cover the costs of putting together the design of the books, printing them, producing the rest of the merchandise and delivering all of that to your and our lovely hosts' doors. Of course anything we get over our goal will only serve to make the book better. We want to make it clear that we have already booked and paid for this trip, we would never want or expect for anyone to pay for our travel. We are very passionate about this project (take a look) and have been since its inception some time ago, we now feel that we are ready to really do our vision justice.
We hope this project sounds as exciting to you as it does to us and we would love to have you all on board!
In the mean time, if you’re not doing anything tonight... Invite someone round for dinner!