by Alan Lake

Chicago Book
100% funded

10,000 years of GARLIC facts, fiction, folklore, myths, legends, recipes, quotes, artwork and professional insights... think "Salt" or "Cod".

Art, Cookbook, Education & Training, Health, Memoir, Nonfiction, Photography
Page Length:
100 - 250 Pages
Book Status:
Completed Manuscript
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The Garlic Manifesto begins 10,000 years ago in Neolithic caves, makes its way to the Pyramids, proceeds through Roman and Mongol invasions, past vampires, onto battlefields and up to the present day.  

For instance: The world's first recorded labor strike occurred at the pyramid of Cheops in 3758 B.C.  Because of a garlic shortage, the slaves refused to work when their masters first reduced and eventually eliminated their daily ration.  Work resumed only when garlic was restored to their diets.

In the turn of the 20th Century Lower East Side NY, an old yiddish expression was ""A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat." Or, did you know that "Garlick maketh a man wynke, drynke, and stynke." Thomas Nash, 16th Century poet.  

This and more: As 3 time winner of the Delray Beach Garlic Festival's Professional Chef's Competiton (an Iron Chef type of event with the additional caveat of garlic needing to be used along with the mystery ingredient) I'll bring you backstage and into my mindset as I compete against the best chefs in S. Florida with 300 people watching from bleachers and 2 MC's shoving mic's in my face, asking questions while I cook. Many award winning recipes appear in the book but many are forgotten, as I made them up "ala minute".

I've been a chef for the last three decades, have worked all around the world- and have a special affinity for garlic.   This is the result.

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Interview with Alan Lake

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What was your inspiration for the book?

After winning the Chef's competition, I really started to appreciate just how versatile Garlic is. One of my prizes for winning was a booth at the next years festival. With that in mind I dedided I'd need something to showcase besides myself. I collaborated with an artist friend of mine to do a Garlic poster and eventually felt the need to thoroughly document Garlic as well. And like most things I do, I over did it. I researched for six months, and spent another three organizing and making sense of my notes as I began writng the first draft. In the last decade it's gone through two more rewrites. I'm finally happy with it.

Who are your favorite authors?

Oscar Wilde, Salman Rushdie, James Michener, Colleen McCullough, Carolly Erickson, Elmore Leonard, Jerry Stahl, J.D. Salinger, Tom Robbins, James Clavell, Hubert Selby- I like character driven themes with smart dialogue. I try to write in a conversational tone as if we're sitting on a couch talking to each other.

What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?

My plans are to self publish a first run of 500-1,000 books depending on how much I rasie. Then there are marketing costs, shipping costs, public relations expenses, digital conversion and layout costs besides things I'm sure I'm not aware of this early in the game.

Returning to the scene of the crime, the official book launch will be held at The Delray Beach Garlic Festival Feb 7-9, 2014. I've been asked to come back from Chicago and participate in their 15th anniversary, where I'll be on hand to cook a bit, demo a bit, judge a bit and hopefully, sell a bit.

One thing I can assure you all is that 100% of Pubslush funds will be spent on this project only.

Who are you?

Born and raised in Chicago, I've been a musician most of my life and play 70 percussion instruments. I've been a chef for the last 30 years and have been writing for about 15. I've traveled all over the world either playing music or cooking and love different cultures.

I've worked/played with Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Sam Moore John Cale and Ian McDonald, possess a Mobil 4 Diamond award and have cooked for the likes of Bono and the Edge, George Harrison, Julian Lennon, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Julio Iglesias, Harry Connick Jr, Grace Jones, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Chrissy Hynde, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Madonna, Sam Moore, Morrisey, John Paul Jones, Sinead O Conner, Nils Lofgren, Ian McDonald, Axel Rose, Ozzie and Sharon Osbourn, Randy Johnston, Susanne Pleshette, Malcolm Mc Dowel, Michael Caine, Donna Mills, Peter Falk, the President of Greenpeace, and the Consul General of France.