Crowdfunding is quickly becoming a popular way for entrepreneurs and artists to get their work out to the public without needing corporate sponsorship, investors or other ‘gate keeper’ funding. Instead, by placing their appeals directly to their target market via sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo they are finding a ready pool of supporters for whom as little as $1 USD are willing to help bring a creative project to life and partake in the perks which often accompany said contribution. Recently, while browsing Indiegogo I came across a project which I thought was worth highlighting here. Titled “HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions” it is an effort to bring to life a cookbook and DVD on Haiti’s foods and culinary traditions.
Haiti is not simply deprivation and misery. We have a CULTURE, A PEOPLE AND AMAZING FOOD that the world also needs to know.
Showcasing Haiti has been at the forefront of everything that I have done to this point in my life and my career. I want to use the skills that I have been blessed with to leave behind something that is needed.
Haiti Uncovered will be a book that Haitians born in Haiti can reference to learn about other parts of the country.
Haitians and Haitian-Americans in the Diaspora can learn the real breadth and scope of Haitian cuisine . Not just Du riz ak pwa. This sense that Haitian food is limited, is a fallacy.
When Non-Haitians are interested in learning about Haiti, Haitian culture, and what the culinary culture of Haiti is really about, they can google, and find Haiti Uncovered, that gives a true depiction of the reality.
I read on an internet blog once, about someone who had moved to Haiti and they wrote, “Haitians put ketchup and sugar in their spaghetti. Haitians really like sweet foods. They put sugar in everything.”
That statement really bothered me because, while I may not know our full culinary tradition, one I am very clear about is, we do not like sweet and savory flavors for the most part, yet, the people reading this woman’s blog would use her thoughts as a reference, and there is nothing out there to counter that.
We need to change that. We need to ensure that we have a complete and well presented piece of writing that will serve as a culinary, cultural and historical reference for Haiti.
Read the full project description at igg.me/p/483710/x/3901558
To learn more about/contribute to HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions visit the project’s page on Indiegogo