The Heavy Table’s Kickstarter campaign for The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food is off to a roaring good start — we’re excited to fund, write, illustrate, and deliver to you this remarkable new book.
We hope you’ll get involved, pre-order a copy, and help this book come to life.
Here are the first four ideas we’ve approved for the book; keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks as we announce the other maps and essays that we’ll be publishing.
A Taxonomy of Ice Cream Trucks and Their Songs
written and illustrated by Andy Sturdevant
Writer and artist Andy Sturdevant (MinnPost, the upcoming Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow) tracks down some of the many ice cream trucks plying their fattening wares in the Twin Cities metro area, observes their habits in their native environment, and documents both their offerings and their maddeningly cheerful songs.
written by Maja Ingeman | cartographer Matt Dooley
The taste of food is only part of the equation — the mouth gets all the glamorous attention, but the nose is a key player in the experience (and the anticipation) of eating. From barbecue to bakeries to the ongoing love-hate struggle that Northfield has with the Malt-O-Meal plant, this map and essay will dig into the way food becomes vaporized and airborne, dragging us toward (or shoving us away from) it in the process.
Meat Me at the Mississippi
written by Jason Walker | cartographer Matt Dooley
A carnivore road-tripper’s delight: We track down and document traditional meat markets on and near the mighty Mississippi river, from Minnesota through Wisconsin and Iowa.
East Lake Street
written by Susan Pagani | illustrated by Andy DuCett
Walking down East Lake Street is the equivalent of taking a global safari; food from around the world is available, often made by and served to first-generation immigrants with a vivid sense of how to make the food they grew up with. This stroll takes the reader through some of the most delicious (and baffling, and unexpected) bites available along this central but often overlooked stretch of road. [Read this story and view its illustration right here.]