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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)

Why are some of the titles in the Culinary Collection available at Amazon, Kobo Books and Barnes & Noble, but also displayed as free articles on the Food Fare web site?


[Reply]: Five books in the Culinary Collection are also available as free online "articles." The titles include:

Information included with the free articles is typically spread out across several web pages. Offering the articles as e-books (Kindle, Kobo, Nook & PDF), was done in order to consolidate specific content into one volume for convenience to readers and for those undertaking research projects. In addition, most e-books contain bonus recipes and other related information that are not available in the articles. Links to the free online articles are also included with the product descriptions of books listed at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books.


Please Note: The e-book edition of Halloween Cuisine is a combination of three articles written by Shenanchie and displayed online by Food Fare. They include:

Pricing on the above mentioned e-book titles were calculated on costs related to book cover designs and converting text documents into multiple e-reader formats: Christmas Noel ($1.25), Halloween Cuisine ($1.00), Pine Nuts ($0.99), Tea Time ($1.25) and Thanksgiving with Food Fare ($1.25). PDF (Adobe Acrobat) editions of the same books are priced slightly higher because of the inclusion of recipe indexes and graphics.


Special Note: Our freely available article Tamales was also incorporated into the e-book Mexican Cantina. However, the entire text in Mexican Cantina is not freely available.


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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)From Natalia, re: Polish Kuchina

The Polish word for kitchen is "kuchnia," not "kuchina."


[Reply]: While deciding on a title for Polish Kuchina last year, I opted to create a single variation of the Polish words Kuchnia ("kitchen") and kuchenka ("cooker"). Hopefully I didn't offend anyone of Polish descent, but my only intention was to use a catchy title for the book.


More book title explanations follow in the next question.


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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)Why do some of the books in Food Fare's Culinary Collection have strange titles? For example, what does "Vivers" mean as part of Scottish Vivers?


[Reply]: "Vivers" is defined as "victuals" or "food." The word is primarily used by the Scots, but is based in Middle French and Latin.


The staff at Food Fare try to fashion titles that relate to the specific content of each book, with particular emphasis on food and cooking. When possible, we like to use words in the native tongue of the country represented. When native words are difficult to pronounce, we use general words based in different languages which represent food, cooking and culture.


Title translations are as follows:

Needless to say, we have a bit of fun coming up with interesting, relevant and catchy titles for the books in Food Fare's Culinary Collection.


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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)

How does Food Fare go about writing books in the Culinary Collection? How do they decide which countries to write about, and what is the process?


[Reply]: We usually choose to write about countries or food subject matters that are based on personal preference. The selections can be rather obscure (re: Malagasy Matsiro), or hold great interest for many people (re: Italian Cibaria).


Once the country or subject matter is decided, we typically take the following steps in assembling content for the book:

That's our process in a nutshell.


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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)Do you plan to add more titles to Food Fare's Culinary Collection in the future?


[Reply]: Our plan is to write books and articles about the food and culture of every major country across the globe eventually. This may take some time - years, perhaps - as every piece requires a great deal of research for accuracy and random kitchen experimentation to test native recipes.


However, look for new titles to be added in the not-so-distant future. Our current goal is to release two or three books every year as volumes in the Food Fare Culinary Collection.


Titles tentatively scheduled for release throughout 2017-18 include culinary books about Austria, China, Native Americans and soul food.


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Food Fare Culinary Collection (E-Books)Why are most of Food Fare's articles available in both E-Book and Adobe Acrobat formats?


[Reply]: Because of formatting specifics required to convert text documents into e-book format ("EPUB" for Barnes & Noble and Kobo, "MOBI" for Kindle), images, bulleted lists and other document features cannot be viewed as intended. Therefore, Food Fare decided to make available most articles in Adobe Acrobat Digital editions as well.


Adobe Acrobat Digital editions (PDF, portable document format) easily convert from most word processing programs and retain all original design layouts, formatting and images from the original document. We offer our readers the choice between e-book and PDF formats for that reason alone.


That being said, the PDF editions of our articles are more expensive than their e-book counterparts available at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Typical e-book prices range from $0.99 to $2.25, while the PDF versions vary from $5.50 to $22.50, depending on length and size of document. For example, Malagasy Matsiro in PDF format is only $5.50 (24 pages, 620 KB), while Arabic Cookery costs $22.50 (187 pages, 3.1 MB). Their e-book equivalents are $0.99 and $2.25, respectively.

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