From their beginning in the 1860's, community cookbooks have empowered women, raised untold millions of dollars for thousands of charitable causes, and preserved regional and ethnic culinary traditions in America. Historians and cooks are grateful to Sheila Thomas and the team at Favorite Recipes Press, whose passion for these books - the dedicated volunteers who make them possible and the recipes they preserve - has resulted in this volume, RECIPES WORTH SHARING lives up to its subtitle...Recipes and Stories from America's Most-Loved Community Cookbooks. --Jan Longone, Curator, American Culinary History, Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wow! What a fabulous collection of recipes! And many recipes can be easily and successfully followed by everyday cooks. Just as important, RECIPES WORTH SHARING celebrates the art form of the community cookbook and honors the volunteers who have chipped in their best recipes. Long may community cookbooks and their contributors thrive and inspire home cooks. --Andrew F. Smith, Editor in Chief, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink
RECIPES WORTH SHARING, a celebration of home cooking, reinstates the importance of the role of women in their kitchens as well as in their communities. This book stands as a testimony to the groups of women across America who have raised funds for charitable organization by producing cookbooks that feature favorite recipes. Producing cookbooks to help a good cause is a distinctly American phenomenon that benefits not only the cause but also those of us who cook from these wonderful books. --Barbara Haber, Curator, Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study
About the Author
Favorite Recipes Press was founded in 1961 by Millard Fuller and Morris Dees, to fund their college educations. Both, later, sold their interests in the company and founded nationally knows not-for-profit organizations. Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity International and Dees founded the Southern Poverty Law Center. One of the nation's best-known and most respected producers of cookbooks, Favorite Recipes Press has produced over 1000 titles working with nonprofit organizations, chefs, resorts, spas, retailers, restaurants and more. Favorite Recipes Press clients' cookbooks have won 100's of awards including, Julia Child Awards, Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards, James Beard Foundation Awards, Writer's Digest Awards, and others.