Yumtendo Cookbook:
A Quest for Flavor!

Yumtendo Cookbook is a physical charity cookbook, featuring a collection of artwork and recipes inspired by our favorite Nintendo titles. The book will include popular series such as Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Splatoon, Kirby, and more! Check us out on social media for updates!

Leftover Sale Sept 16 - Oct 14

Our remaining stock has been relisted on our store, grab yourself a copy while supplies last!


Yumtendo Cookbook will include a variety of Nintendo titles, each having recipes inspired by their respective series. We welcome contributors to take a seat at our dining table and create food-centered pieces of their favorite series.


Where's my order?
When your order is ready to ship, you'll receive a tracking number in your inbox. If you have yet to receive an e-mail, we're still working on your order! Our target ship date is August 2022.
How long will my package take to arrive after it ships?
If you're located within the US, your package may take 3-7 business days to arrive. If you're outside the US, your package can take anywhere from 1-3 months to arrive. Keep an eye on your tracking number for a more accurate estimate of arrival.
My tracking information stopped updating but it hasn't arrived, why?
Some postal services outside the US may not update tracking information or provide door-to-door changes. Contact your local post office for questions regarding your package.
Will there be leftovers?
Yes, any remaining stock will be listed once all customer and contributor packages have been shipped. We estimate September 2022 for our leftover sale period.
Can I purchase items separately? Will the same bundles be available during your leftover sale?
Due to the varying stocks received, it's very likely that we will sell each item individually. If we have enough items to complete a few set of bundles, we will have that available as well.

Is the book physical or digital?
Both, though our focus is on delivering a physical product.
Is the project for-profit or charity?
This is a charity cookbook, so any remaining funds will be donated after completion. We'll be working towards ending hunger with the enthusiasm of the folks at The Hunger Project.
What are the specs of the book?
7" x 10" vertical format, perfect bound, and around 100 pages. We'd like to have around 30 recipes in total.
How many chefs are you accepting?
Since we plan to have 30 recipes, we're looking to get 6-10 chefs.
How many artists are you accepting?
We're looking to get around 45 page artists and ~10 merch artists. We're also looking into the possibility of spot-illustration apps for our recipes.
How will topics be selected?
The team will assign Nintendo series based off preferences listed in contributor applications. You're more than welcome to change your preferred series in your application as long as they are open.
There will be another opportunity to trade series with another contributor once the project begins, as well!
What are you looking for in terms of experience?
We'll be making a detailed application guide before applications open!
Will collaborations be allowed?
Our only plan for collaborations are with a chef, in which the artist's piece focuses heavily on the recipe. Collabs with other artists are unfortunately not allowed.
Will there be compensation for contributors?
All contributors will receive a free PDF of the zine. If funds allow, we would love to give our participants a free copy of the book + merch.

Got a question we didn't answer? Send us an e-mail or DM on social media!

Terms of Service

Organized by a team of 70+ artists and chefs — Yumtendo Cookbook is a limited-run project celebrating our favorite Nintendo franchises through food and art. By placing an order through our store, you understand and acknowledge that:All listings on our storefront are preorder items. Production will begin immediately after preorders close and will take an estimate of 2-3 months. We aim to ship around early August - late September of this year. Production updates will be frequently shared on our social media. All purchases are for non-commercial use only.

Why pre-order only? Can I purchase this at a later date?
Preorders help us gauge the interest in our project and determine whether a large-scale production is feasible. By placing a preorder, not only will you help make this robust project a reality, but you will also secure a copy of this Nintendo-inspired fan project.
After preorder and contributor fulfillment, we will reopen our store for leftover sales. However, this will be limited stock and some items from preorders may not be relisted.Where are you shipping from?
Yumtendo Cookbook will be shipped from the United States, the state of California.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, however, shipping to certain countries may be greatly delayed due to certain suspensions in place. Please check the USPS site for details. If you have any concerns and questions feel free to contact us.
For UK customers: While we are able to ship to your country, under the VAT guidelines you will be able to purchase the [cookbook-only] and [cookbook+flat merchandise] bundles only.How will your project handle taxes and other fees?
The Yumtendo team is not responsible for any additional fees that may incur. This includes custom fees, taxes, and VAT.
You as the customer are solely responsible to pay for these if they are required by your mailing services.
When do you expect to ship my order?
We hope to ship around August 2022, but the actual date may come sooner or later depending on how long it takes for all materials to arrive. You'll be sent an e-mail with tracking information once your order is ready to be shipped.
Digital orders will be sent out via e-mail on the day physical orders are shipped out.
NOTE: Tracking may stop or incorrectly update once the package leaves the USA and touches down in certain countries. Those that do provide door-to-door tracking are listed HERE.Can I update my shipping address?
Yes, you may change your shipping address up until August 1. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your order number and updated address.
If the deadline has already passed but your order has not shipped, contact us immediately.
Can I cancel my order/request a refund?
If you need to cancel your order, you must do so before the preorder period ends. For full terms of service, please read our refund policies below.

Refund Policies

The Yumtendo Cookbook Team will be fully responsible for replacing/refunding:

  • Orders that did not arrive due to negligence (e.g. the address on the postal label does not match the address provided by the buyer).

  • Missing items from your order.

Yumtendo Cookbook will NOT be responsible for replacing/refunding:

  • Lost packages due to incorrect shipping information provided by the buyer.

  • Orders shipped to the wrong address if an address change was not requested.

  • Damaged items during shipment through the postal service (e.g. packages bent to fit into a mailbox, left in the rain, other mishandlings by the carrier).

If you have any unaddressed questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're responsive through e-mail or social media DM.


Exact dates may be subject to change - we'll be sure to update this page and our social media accordingly. Chefs will have a slightly different schedule that will be provided upon entry.

Interest CheckAug 1 - Aug 14
Chef ApplicationsAug 23 - Sept 11
Chef App ResultsSept 22
Artist ApplicationsSept 27 - Oct 23
Artist App ResultsNov 6
Concept CheckDec 4
Check-in 1Jan 8
Check-in 2Feb 12
Check-in 3Mar 12
Finals submittedApr 9
Pre-ordersMay 13 - Jun 10
Production & ShippingJun - Aug
Leftover SalesSept 16 - Oct 14
Funds donatedOct 2022

Meet the Team!

We've got a lot of help to bring this ambitious book to life,
say hello to our incredible team!

PsandaBear | She/Her | Project Host & Shipping
Favorite Food: Carne Asada Fries
Hi there, I'm PsandaBear! I love everything cute and have a not-so-secret obsession for food art. I've participated in a handful of zines (even modded some) but this will be my first time hosting a project of this caliber. I'm very grateful for the help of my team and I look forward to working with you all!

AlphaKathy | She/Her | Co-Host
Favorite Food: Very Cheesy Pasta
Heya, I'm Kathy! I'm a lab technician and hobby artist who has participated and moderated in several zines. I love everything about art and food so I'm looking forward to working with everyone on this project!

Made the carrd's pixel art background.

Gab | She/Her | Graphic Design & Formatting
Favorite Food: Strawberry Lemonade
Hey there, I'm Gab! I'm a 25 year old graphic designer who loves helping out with zines in any way I can. Previously I have modded Rave in the wave (Splatoon), Spark (Pokemon), Struck by Lightning (Demon Slayer), Elemental (Avatar the Last Airbender) and was a graphic designer for I am the Mastermind (Danganronpa). This is the first time I get to format a cookbook and l am super psyched to get started.

EpicGrapes | She/Her | Social Media Designer
Favorite Food: Grilled Meat Sandwich with Avocados
Hey there! I’m Grapes/Amanda! I’m an illustrator who also loves food (especially sandwiches). I’ve modded and participated in a handful of zines and I’m excited to be a part of this team! I’ll be the social media designer for this project! I can’t wait to see how this zine will turn out!

Sam | She/Her | Organization & Social Media
Favorite Food: Oreos
Hi, I’m Sam! I have big eyebrows and a bigger love for found family! I’ve modded zines before, but this is my first full cookbook so I’m super excited to be a part of this project!

Bergrimlo | They/Them | Promo Art
Favorite Food: Spaghetti Carbonara
I'm Grimlo, illustrator and concept artist that is gonna help with promo art and promo events! Very excited for this project, I know it will be a lot of fun.

Made the chibi chefs for every mod.

Lia | She/Her | Social Media Intern
Favorite Food: Franzbrötchen
Heyo, I'm Lia! I've contributed to zines before as a hobby artist and am currently the Head Organizer of the Octo Canyon Zine. This will be my first time being involved in a food-centric zine hence why it’s extra exciting for me!

Mixotito | She/Her | Promo Art Intern
Favorite Food: Sushi
Hello I'm Mich! I've been part of zines as a contributor but this will be my first time being part of the mod team. I'm a huge fan of Nintendo and I am so excited to be part of this project!

A1paquita | She/Her | Promo Art Intern
Favorite Food: Apple Pie
Heya! I am Alpa and I've been a contributor for various zines and a mod for one currently! I am a huuuge fan of Nintendo games ever since I was a kid, and I love to eat - a match made in heaven! I am super excited to see how this project will turn out!

Application Guide

If you need some tips on how to apply and what we'll be expecting, this page is for you! This guide is provided for Yumtendo Cookbook only, as other projects may have different expectations and requirements.Please note that reading the guide is completely optional and does not guarantee your application will be accepted. We hope you find it helpful and provide some clarity when navigating our contributor applications.

Artist Applications

If this is your first time applying as an artist as a zine, don't fret! We're here to help you out, and we hope this guide provides an idea on how to build and submit your portffolio.If you have questions at any point discussed in this guide, please reach out to us! CuriousCat is our main question platform but if you feel there's a lot to go through, send us a DM and we'll be sure to help you out!

Building a Portfolio

Portfolios are a collection of an artist's best pieces. They help demonstrate your style and skill level by providing a place to view your best pieces. If this is your time putting together a portfolio, there's a couple things you should consider to help make your portfolio stand out!How do I make a portfolio?
Firstly, you'd need a place to present your artwork. You can build your own portfolio on website builders such as Carrd, Wix, Weebly, etc. These allow for a lot of customization to make your portfolio unique to you. Alternatively, you can share your artwork on social sites such as Deviantart or Artstation since they're an easy place to share and display your art. You may also upload pieces to a Google Drive Folder or other social media (as long as your artwork is viewable and easily accessible).
Is there anything I should consider when putting my portfolio together beyond just the artwork?
Your portfolio should be easy to access and read. This means that viewers can access without login, URL works, and artwork is displayed first and foremost. Your portfolio should not include personal photos and is easy to navigate. If your portfolio contains any text, please make sure that it is easy to read.

Portfolio Contents

Now that you have a place to organize and display your artwork, take a peek at what we're specifically looking for Yumtendo Cookbook!General Portfolio Requirements

  • Portfolios must be SFW. This zine is intended for all audiences and any portfolios containing NSFW content will automatically be disregarded.

  • Your portfolio should contain at least three finished pieces that display your current style and skill (or the style you intend to use for the zine).

  • All traditional art must be scanned at 300 DPI or higher.

  • 3D art is welcome but must be entirely original (no SFM, MMD, copyrighted assets, etc).

Page Artist Recommendations

  • Character-driven artwork, displaying interaction with props, other characters, or the environment.

  • Pieces that display your unique style, skill, and interests.

  • Detailed backgrounds, good composition, and thematic environments.

  • Pleasing color palettes or good use of color.

  • Fanart of the series you're looking to apply for, or fanart in general.

  • Food art is highly recommended in your portfolio. This can be done as studies or stylized pieces.

Merch Artist Recommendations

  • Art style that works well when printed on merch (ie. simplified details, good use of line weight, design, etc.)

  • Pleasing color palettes or good use of color,

  • Appealing expressions and body language.

  • Strong silhouettes

  • Previously made merch, if applicable.

  • Food art is highly recommended in your portfolio. This can be done as studies or stylized pieces.

Spot Illustrations

Spot illustrator positions are available in both our page and merch artist application. We have two formats available for spots.Spot Illustrator Option 1: Spot Illustrations
This is more commonly found in cookbook zines - you'll be assigned a single page/merch piece for your title along with a recipe to illustrate. The recipe illustrations are of the final dish (and any other steps in the recipe if you're feeling ambitious). The images will be placed by our format Mod Gab at the end of the project.
Spot Illustrator Option 2: Spread Illustrations
This is a bit more experimental for Yumtendo Cookbook! All accepted chefs have agreed to make more than one recipe, in which we'd like to highlight their best idea with a fully-decorated spread. This would replace your single page in the book, as we expect this option to be much more design-intensive. You, your chef, and our format Mod Gab will be working in close collaboration to harmoniously tie these components together.

For a visual explanation of these two formats, check out this presentation made by Mod Kathy

Merch artists can only sign up to create spot illustrations. This means that you'll create a piece of merch for our bundle and create spot illustrations for a recipe. Your spot illustrations will be formatted by Mod Gab.Page artists have the option for spot illustrations and spread illustrations. Similarly, page artists can create a single-page illustration and spot illustrations to be formatted by Mod Gab. If a page artist signs up for a spread illustration, they will only work on the spread.If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out to us and we'd be more than happy to help! We look foward to reviewing your application!

Chef Applications

Our mod team is composed of home cooks, each with varying degrees of experience and cuisine. A handful of us have participated in cookbook zines and reached out to some of our fellow cookbook zine hosts and moderators (send some love to the Ikadakimasu team!). We'll be providing tips based on what we've seen or experienced to make this process as smooth as possible. This is a collaborative effort!If you have questions at any point discussed in this guide, please reach out to us! CuriousCat is our main question platform but if you feel there's a lot to go through, send us a DM and we'll be sure to help you out!


How on-theme do our recipes need to be?
Recipe ideas can be pulled from inspiration or canon. Your recipe can mimic an in-game item, character, activity, etc. It can also be inspired from the culture around it. Your dish will need to be thematic to whichever Nintendo title you select, but there will be plenty of room for creative liberty!
Are there any recipe restrictions to satisfy certain diets or ingredients we cannot use?
We'd like our cookbook to be as accessible as possible! If your recipe can incorporate alternatives to match dietary restrictions (such as gluten-free, vegan, etc), we'd be more than happy to include them in our book! We simply ask that your process is not too complicated and can be done by a home cook.
Why do you need us to submit an original recipe?
We'll be asking for a sample recipe to reference your skills to write a recipe. This includes concise instruction, repeatabiltity, and unit conversions. Recipes will need to provide step-by-step processes but in a way that can be easy to follow and to the point. To help make our book more accesible to readers, we'd also like to provide both imperial and metric units, so the sample recipe will help practice that bit if it's not something you're used to doing already. The mod team will also lend a hand with proofreading your recipe to make sure everything's good to go!
Does my sample recipe need to be original or fit the theme of the zine?
Your sample recipe will need to be something that you've prepared before and have enough experience to share your own process. If there's a recipe you really enjoy making but have tweaked to fit your tastes more, feel free to use that and construct the recipe to your liking! We ask that you do not copy/paste a recipe and claim as your own work. As for theme, it won't be necessary for the sample - we're just looking to see your writing!

Sample Recipe Example

Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites! A handful of my family members have prepared it, each in their own unique way. This recipe combines my favorite components from every bowl of chicken tortilla soup that I've had.


  • 1 tbsp. | 15mL Olive Oil

  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped

  • 1 Garlic Clove, Minced

  • 16 oz. | 480g Tomatoes, Diced

  • 8 oz. | 240g Green Chili Peppers, Diced

  • 4 oz. | 120g Jalapeño Chili Peppers, Diced

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, Shredded

  • 3 1/2 cups | 840mL Chicken Broth

  • 1/2 tbsp. | ~8mL Cumin, Ground

  • 8 oz. | 240g Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. | 15mL Fresh Oregano, Chopped

  • 16 oz. | 480g Black Beans, Drained

  • 16 oz. | 480g Corn

  • 1/4 cup | 38g Cilantro, Chopped

  • 1/2 cup | 75g Oaxaca Cheese, Shredded

  • 1 Avocado, Sliced

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Seasoned Tortilla Strips


1. Over a stovetop, heat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, green chili peppers, and jalapeño. Sauté until onions have softened.2. Reduce to medium heat. Add chicken broth, shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, corn, cumin, and oregano.3. Stir everything well and let simmer on medium-low for 40-45 minutes. Occasionally stir.4. Serve with desired amount of cilantro, cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips!

This recipe is pretty simple and won't take up too much space in the book. However, we know that some recipes can be quite lengthy. Chefs will have an average of 3-4 pages for recipes in a 7" x 10" book. Adding more pages increases the cost of the book, so we hihgly recommend keeping things concise but informative!

Yumtendo Food Tour: An Open Collaboration

Are you a foodie and Nintendo fan? Join us on our quest for flavor by helping us explore new culinary delights from all corners of the Nintendo Universe! Whether you're already contributing to our project or just discovered us, we're elated to see your creations! Yumtendo Cookbook: A Quest for Flavor is opening a Food Tour, where everyone is welcome to combine food art and their favorite Nintendo series as a spot illustration!

A spot illustration is a single drawing with a transparent background. We want everyone to get as creative as possible, so we have a few examples in mind to share with you all!Because this is a food tour, we're looking to explore different types of cuisine found in games — inspired by their worlds and characters — or something that's close to your own home.Our end goal is arranging your submissions into a robust Nintendo menu! Your piece can be character-focused, character-inspired, or contain an in-game item presented in your own unique style.

Kirby Pancakes: This spot illustration is an example of a character-focused piece. Some decorative elements are allowed, but the background remains transparent. Artwork by Mod Kathy.

Princess Toadstool's Tres Leches Cake: This spot illustration is an example of a character-inspired piece. The recipe is also one that's close to home for Mod PsandaBear!

Tornado Lemonade: This spot illustration is an example of an in-game food item from Miitopia. Artwork by Mod EpicGrapes.

Yumtendo Cookbook will contain a collection of all spot illustrations as a menu spread within the zine, so we need your help creating a Nintendo-themed feast! As a bonus, several Nintendo series will have a House Specialty, where your spot illustration gets an additional, exclusive feature. If your submission is selected as a House Specialty, you'll be sent a discount code on any Yumtendo Cookbook purchase!Of course, any Nintendo series is welcome for this collaboration! We'd love to explore all the variety Nintendo has to offer! Series eligible for House Specialty include Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Kirby, and Splatoon.All spot illustrations must be sent through our submission form and meet the guidelines listed below. Upon submission, you'll have the opportunity to name and describe your dish (including the inspiration and series behind it)! We hope you enjoy this event and cannot wait to see your creations! If you have any questions, reach out to us on social media or ask us on our Peing here.


  • Please make sure your piece is 1000x1000px minimum, at 300dpi.

  • Must feature a Nintendo series (the majority of Nintendo-published games applies, but if you are unsure your submission fits the theme, please reach out to us on social media or Peing.

  • Artwork must be complete and in full color.

  • Must include food art.

  • Transparent background, no scenery.

  • All art mediums welcome!

  • Traditional art must be scanned at high quality.

  • 3D renders must be original, no in-game models or models made by other creators.

  • Must be SFW.

  • One submission per series.

  • All pieces that meet these guidelines will be included in the menu-spread collab.

  • If your piece is from one of the eligible House Specialty series, you may be selected for an additional feature in the book.

  • You may submit to more than one series, but only one of your pieces will be qualified for a special feature in the book.

  • Final pieces must be submitted to the form in order to be included. You can share and tag us on social media, but submission through the form is required.

  • If you are already working on Yumtendo as a contributor (chef, page, or merch artist), you're more than welcome to enter the collab but your piece will not be qualified for the special feature (this is to allow our audience to join! We're aiming to compensate our contributors with a full bundle + extras being offered at production cost).

  • Submission deadline closes on March 30, 2022 at 11:59PM Hawaiian Standard Time (HST).

The Food Tour has concluded. We'll be reaching out to participants shortly. Thank you for your interest in Yumtendo Cookbook!