ckbk, a new service providing seamless digital access to the world’s best cookbooks, today announced the launch of its kickstarter campaign with exclusive early access, benefits and rewards for founder subscribers.
The service has been compared to Spotify as it enables you to have unlimited online access to a curated collection of cookbooks including over 100,000 recipes for a monthly fee. The cookbooks were selected with the input from hundreds of leading chefs and food writers including Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi and Fergus Henderson.
“We have been thrilled by the response to ckbk since we announced the service earlier this year,” said Matthew Cockerill co-founder of ckck. “Our inbox has been overflowing with people joining the waiting list. With ckbk now in beta testing, we are excited to be able to offer early access to founder subscribers through our kickstarter campaign.”
The ckbk kickstarter video (see below) features culinary icon Harold McGee, renowned British chef and food writers incluidng Olia Hercules and Felicity Cloake whose popular Guardian cookbook recipe column, Perfect, helped inspire ckbk.
According to Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking, “ckbk offers expert guidance at home and professional cooks aline, making the best cookbooks more accessible than ever before.”
Cockerill said that with the launch of ckbk, the aim is to create an online community where cookbook lovers who want to cook to their best will be able to share hints, tips, photos and recommendations for their favourite cookbook recipes evening creating ‘recipe playlists’. “Our founding members will form the heart of this community,” he said.
Nadia Arumugan, ckbk’s US-based co-founder said “ckbk is the ultimate, go-to cooking resource for cooks everywhere. We cover all world cuisines with tried and tested recipes crafted by expert chefs and food writers. Whether your tastes run to Vietnamese street food or Louisiana-style BBQ, ckbk satisfies every craving.”
ckbk is based in London and New York and is a digital subscription service for anyone who loves to cook. It offers instant and unlimited access from any device to the full content of hundreds of the world’s best cookbooks, licensed from leading publishers. The cookbooks have been selected based on recommendations from hundreds of leading chefs and authors that contributed to the 1000 Cookbooks project.
The collection is comprehensive and wide ranging and includes contemporary authors like David Tanis, Tessa Kiros, Naomi Duguid and Thug Kitchen as well as old favourites like Marcella Hazan, Paula Wolfert, Ken Hom and Keith Floyd not to mention the culinary bibles such as Escoffier, On Food and COoking and the Oxford Companion to Food.
Matthew Cockerill is based in London and co-founded pioneering open access publishing startup BioMed Central, now part of SpringerNature, which revolutionised academic publishing. Nadia Arumugam on the other hand is based in New York and is an award-winning food writer, editor, cookbook author and restaurant investor.