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Favorite Recipes Press titles top list of Tabasco® Community Cookbook Awards as the Awards celebrate 20th Anniversary of honoring community cookbooks
January 22, 2009

Five Favorite Recipes Press titles are among the winners of the 2009 Tabasco® Community Cookbook Awards the McIlhenny Company has issued in celebrating its 20th Anniversary of honoring the role community cookbooks play in preserving local culinary cultures throughout the nation.

Peeling the Wild Onion from the Junior League of Chicago of Chicago, IL earned second place in the national competition. This modernly designed cookbook draws on the Windy City’s historic roots, as Chicago means “wild onion” in local Native American culture. With recipes organized by the four seasons, as they are so intensely experienced there, this book is a culinary trip through Chicago.

A Thyme to Entertain: Menus & Traditions of Annapolis from the Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. of Annapolis, MD earned third place in the national competition. Loaded with amazing local recipes and highlighted by delightful watercolor graphics, this is a genuine community cookbook because it inspires the desire to experience the place it represents firsthand. Upon pouring over it’s pages, one can’t resist the desire to spend an afternoon in a Chesapeake Bay vineyard, or to enjoy a crab feast and then stroll through the historic town of Annapolis.

Sunny Days, Balmy Nights – Entertaining Miami Style from the Young Patronesses of the Opera of Miami, FL earned the Southern regional award. Talk about serving up culture: this fun, colorful, and diverse culinary trip to paradise. Sunny Days, Balmy Nights features summer year-round with its tropical influences, tastes of Cuba, tons of brilliant entertaining ideas, and wonderful recipes for serving up seafood.

California Mosaic from the Junior League of Pasadena of Pasadena, CA earned the West regional award. California is truly a geographical mosaic, from the people and their histories and cultures, to the diverse landscapes and cities. California Mosaic celebrates this flavorful existence with a beautiful selection of recipes that are like taking a trip around the world.

Stir Ups, which the Junior Welfare League of Enid of Enid, OK published in 1982, was one of two books inducted into the honorable Walter S. McIlhenny Hall of Fame. Stir Ups was honored for having sold more than 100,000 copies.

“During these past two decades, McIlhenny Company is proud to have played a role in honoring these wonderfully unique cookbooks and the local culinary traditions they celebrate,” said Paul McIlhenny, president and CEO of McIlhenny Company. “This year’s winners are more-than-worthy additions to the everexpanding Tabasco Community Cookbook Library.”

Favorite Recipes Press is honored to produce cookbook titles that are acknowledged by an organization and Awards tradition like McIlhenny Company’s annual Tabasco® Community Cookbook Awards.

Since 1961, Favorite Recipes Press has helped community groups and non-profit organizations across the nation design, edit, manufacture, distribute and market award-winning community cookbooks. More information about Favorite Recipes Press and the independent cookbook publishing process can be found at

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