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From Publishers Weekly

The sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority include some of America’s most accomplished African-American women, but their festive volume feels more like a compilation of family recipes than it does a professional cookbook. Unafraid of building a meal around canned soups or vegetables, the sisters offer dozens of down-home ideas, several of which can be accomplished in half an hour or less. The recipes range from the extremely appealing (such as the rich, salty Fried Collard Greens) to the stomach-turning (Chicken Dip, which incorporates canned chicken, cream cheese and mayonnaise and possesses a goopy consistency). Several of the dishes qualify as sinful pleasures, like the Fried Catfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce or the rich Sour Cream Hash Browns. There’s evident Southern flair—witness the three different varieties of corn pudding and myriad casseroles, gumbos and sugary sweet desserts. Unfortunately, few photographs highlight the recipes, and the undersized photos that are present don’t always show off the dishes to their full advantage. Still, charming personal narratives are threaded throughout, along with loving profiles of Delta Sigma Thetas who have made their mark on the world (such as actress Ruby Dee and educator Carolyn Wilder, who founded three private schools). The sense of accomplishment and fun that permeates this cookbook makes it as much a joy to read as it is to cook from.
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is one of the largest African-American women's organizations in the world. The private, nonprofit organization's mission is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st edition (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399152032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399152030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is simply wonderful. Even if you are not a Delta, it doesn't matter. Cooking is universal and this book is a must have. It will become a family treasure. Each meal is crafted in a manner that is easy to follow. I'm not a true cook, but I am ready to learn. This book makes you want to cook.

Occasions to Savor made its debut, in July, at the National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. It took the convention by storm and inspired many to try new recipes and to add onto the ones already used. I was one of those present who was inspired on that hot day. There were samples of the recipes available at the event and the results were outstanding. If you're ready to "kick it up a notch", this book is for you.
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You don't have to be a Delta to love this book. (I'm not even Black.) It is a gorgeous book, very warmly written, and filled with treasured recipes, most of which are prefaced by the contributor's description of why it is so special. Unlike community cookbooks, each recipe is both clear and complete. It seems expensive only until you've seen it. It is a sensational cookbook, and will quickly become one of the loveliest (if not THE most wonderful) in your collection. You can't help but love it.
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I love this book. I purchased it in 2004 at our National Convention in Las Vegas. The recipes are priceless and delicious. You don'thave to be a Delta to enjoy it. But I would like to thank my sorors for this wonderful creation. The recipes are fantastic.

Love
Soror Kameelah Brown
Omicron Delta Chapter Spr. 98
Miami Alumnae Chapter
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This cookbook looks expensive only until you see it. Be assured that it is well worth every penny!

It is gorgeous, with full-color photographs, and large, clear print. There are stories and acknowledgements from famous African Americans (e.g., Camille Cosby) and Delta members. The recipes are all tried-and-true, and most are prefaced by the contributors' comments about why it is so special.
Everything I've tried to date has been sensational -- the best of its kind I've ever tasted.

This has the advantages of a top-of-the-line community cookbook, but with gorgeous presentation, well-perfected recipes, etc.

You won't be sorry you bought it or gave it as a gift.

(And you most definitely don't have to be African American to appreciate this ... I'm not. This will appeal to anyone with taste buds.)
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The books had crinkled corners as if they had been dropped, but I guess they were in the condition as advertised; I'm not quite sure. I bought 3 for gifts, but I think I will just give them away to people I know would like them--not as a wedding gift, as I had intended. I was surprised at the condition, because a couple years ago I ordered 5 of the same books that were in absolutely excellent condition, and that I did distribute as Christmas gifts.
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I'm very please with my purchase from Amazon.com, I've been looking for Occasions To Savior cookbook for some time now and Amazon.com not only located the book for me but this book retailed for $40.00 and I paid 6.00 plus chance for a brand new cook book.

Ronnie O.
Very Happy Cook
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This is excellent cookbook! Whether you're a Delta or not, if you're a COOK, this book is one to have in your collection. The recipes are simple and I love the pictures. The Five Flavor Pound Cake is a proven winner!!
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This is an elegantly styled cookbook and I love the stories strewn throughout the recipes. I don't cook much from recipes anymore but I wanted to add this to my collection.
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