SAN DIEGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Rather than compromise his vision by using traditional publishers who wanted to simplify his book, author Allan Karl decided to turn to crowdfunding for the printing of the first-edition. Today, Allan Karl’s book, FORKS. A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection, after one week, reached 75% of its funding goal on Kickstarter.
“The best way to experience the world”
The book brings to life a three-year global adventure in a unique oversized, full-color, hardcover book. FORKS—three more years in the making—incorporates more than 500 color photographs and 40 recipes from all over the world to complement Karl’s stories of cultural discovery and human connection.
“The best way to experience the world,” says Karl, “is to see it through photographs, to feel it through stories of connection and culture, and to taste it in local food.”
Along with the book, collector-edition postcards, photographic prints, coaching sessions, and keynote speeches are some of the rewards that supporters can expect from pledging on Kickstarter. A dinner party is another of Karl’s rewards. “I would love to travel to your home, help prepare meals from the book and share more stories of adventure,” adds Karl. Rewards start at $10, and books can be pre-ordered for as little as $45.
For three years Karl rode his BMW GS motorcycle more than 60,000 miles over five continents, through 35 countries. As with any adventure there were highs and lows. While in Bolivia he crashed and broke his leg, in the Colombian jungle he was escorted to a remote waterfall at gunpoint, and the governments of Syria and Sudan had to be pleaded with for passage through their countries.
Karl hopes that FORKS inspires readers to be open to new experiences. “Every photograph, story, and recipe embodies the importance of connecting with people,” says Karl. “This book presents readers an opportunity to try something new, perhaps to taste flavors of a new food or to journey into unknown territories. Every experience is an opportunity to connect with others.”
FORKS is published by WorldRider Publishing and Press. Copies can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter.