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Recipes Worth Sharing honors the American Legacy of Community Cookbooks
September 18, 2008


For decades before the Internet and celebrity chefs, women turned to community cookbooks for delicious and dependable recipes. These cookbooks represent regional food cultures and culinary traditions that exist across the nation.

Moreover, volunteer groups have traditionally created these cookbooks to raise funds for community improvement projects, sometimes garnering millions of dollars from the sales of one book or a set of them.

The simple and delicious recipes in Recipes Worth Sharing were selected as the ‘very best’ from more than 86 community cookbooks and the home cooks who created them. Each entry provides a window into local cultures and traditions and the communities they come from.

Featured recipes and stories are from classic books like Charleston Receipts, which was printed in 1951 and is the oldest Junior League cookbook in continuous print. More recent cookbooks like Bells Are Ringing from the Mission San Juan Capistrano Women’s Guild in California, which won the 2007 National Tabasco Community Cookbook Award, are also represented.

Featured recipes and cookbooks from diverse regions and eras include:

- Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad: Shall We Gather from Alabama’s Trinity Episcopal Church in Wetumpka, Alabama

- Beef Tenderloin with Mango Salsa: An Occasion to Gather from the Junior League of Milwaukee of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

- Real Cajun Red Beans and Rice: Mardi Gras to Mistletoe from the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier of Shreveport, Louisiana

- Turkey Lasagna with Goat Cheese and Basil: Life is Delicious from the Hidsdale Junior Women’s Club of Hinsdale, Illinois

- Sweet Potato Pie: Be Present at Our Table from the Germantown United Methodist Women of Germantown, Tennessee

In addition to the selection of family favorite recipes, Recipes Worth Sharing is a cookbook with heartwarming stories from the women who have created community cookbooks and their accounts of how creating these cookbooks has helped local communities and changed people’s lives.

Recipes Worth Sharing (ISBN 978-0-87197543-0’ $24.95) is available online through the Cookbook Marketplace:, and through major book retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

The Cookbook Marketplace is the distribution division of FRP Books, Inc., FRP Publishing’s parent company.

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