If you want to see what's cutting-edge and new in the world of food, you need to take a look at crowdfunding sites. Places like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and the like are chock-full of food entrepreneurs pitching their latest ideas to the world. Whether it's in the name of social justice or just a flat out intriguing invention, crowdfunded food projects are some of the most unique and tasty ones out there.
Currently, there's several campaigns across these funding sites that carry amazing messages or creative ideas. All of these are still looking to reach their fundraising goals, so if you want to get in on the action, this is your chance to do so.
The Chemo Kitchen Cookbook
A Cookbook Whose Recipes Are Tailored To Those Undergoing Chemotherapy
During chemotherapy, a person's taste can change or disappear. This cookbook is designed specifically for this, as the dishes have been engineered by chefs to account for various changes in taste. It's a great book for caregivers, patients, and friends willing to help out, and helps bring taste back to an enjoyable level for those undergoing chemo.
A single cookbook requires a $35 contribution, but there are bundles available for a cheaper per-book price.
The Real Paella Valenciana
An Authentic Spanish Paella Recipe You Can Make In Under 20 Minutes
Teddy Rebollo, head of e-commerce platform The Iberico Club, is leading this project. He's teamed up with an esteemed paella chef from Spain to bring authentic Paella Valenciana flavors to the world.
Rebollo's team will cook all of the ingredients except for the rice ahead of time. It all is then shipped, including the rice. You have to supply your own paella pan (although several of the options on the Kickstarter include one), and pour all of the contents and the rice in and cook for 18 minutes: less than HALF of the typical cooking time for a paella.
This project is on the expensive side, with a $50 minimum donation required to guarantee your taste of Paella Valenciana early. If you're a huge connoisseur of the iconic Spanish dish, though, it may very well be worth it.
The Handy Pan
A Pan With A Draining Side That Makes Removing Grease WAY Easier
A frying pan/strainer hybrid sounds bizarre, but solves an oft-overlooked issue. Press the button on the handle to pull up the strainer and remove any cooking grease, liquid, etc. that you want out of your food while cooking. It keeps all of the other food inside the pan, too, so you don't have to worry about losing any of that.
Early birds on this campaign can get the pan for $35, but it'll cost about $42 in a "Kickstarter special" for anyone else who contributes and wants it.
Cricket Baking Flavors
Lineup of Nutritionally Beneficial Flour Mixes That Include Cricket Flour
Yup, the future of food is gonna involve some bugs, and this flour is helping us acclimate to the change. There's gluten-free, keto-friendly, and other mixes that match your dietary lifestyle. Cricket flour is high in protein, vitamin B12, magnesium, and other key nutrients, making these flours both functional and fortified with the good stuff.
Pledging $12 to the campaign gets you a 12-ounce package of your flour of choice. Bigger contributions also include a cookbook for those looking for recipes.
The Edible Games Cookbook
A Cookbook Where The Recipes Are All Also Game Ideas
This project combines food and fun together, as it makes a bunch of recipes that also serve as the canvases and core parts of games. Variations include "Veggie Land," aka Candyland on a pizza, or a modified version of chess that's played with decorated cookies.
Pledging $25 gets you a digital version of the cookbook. A hardcover version costs over twice that, at $60, and contains a dozen different games.
Tchad: Cooking For Conservation
African Cookbook/Travelogue That Gives Money To Animal Conservation Funds
Part cookbook, part travelogue, this book contains native African recipes while detailing the expansive beauty of the Tchad region's Zakouma National Park. It's part of a social entrepreneurship campaign that gives $100,000 to an African conservation society, plus 25% of the profits of the book after that target is reached.
If you just want recipes, you can get a set of five for $10. The actual book requires a $38 contribution to the campaign, but there's plenty of perks at a lower cost as well.
For True Foodies Only
A Self-Paced Culinary Course App That's Like 'Culinary School Without The Degree'
Described as "culinary school for those who don't want the degree," the caliber of chefs teaching the courses on this mobile platform is top-notch. Instructors from Le Cordon Bleu are just a part of the 300-chef network bringing these recipes to life.
A $20 donation gets you a course of your choice from the two debut classes: French Pastry or French Cuisine.