There are two reasons why someone who does not cook might want to tell you about a new cook book now available for purchase. One, the menus and recipes would have to be very good and secondly, the profits would have to benefit a very special cause. From Our Homes to Yours scores very high in my books on both counts.
The Canadian Federation of University Women, Perth and District club is behind this initiative. In honour of their 40th Anniversary a cook book committee was formed to collect the most successful menus and recipes and create something that would be of interest to CFUW members. It takes many to make a project like this a success but rather than name everyone here I will say that my friend, Karen Hickey, chaired the committee and the book is dedicated to Anne Bradley founder and continuous supporter of their Gourmet Club.
From Our Homes to Yours is somewhat different in that it includes 19 menus and their associated recipes. The menus include International (Armenian Table, Mediterranean Spring, St. Patrick's Day Irish Feast, Thai Dinner, Thai One On, Trubute to Robbie Burns), a Vegetarian Feast, and some less exotic but wonderful dinners. You can use this cook book to plan a dinner or to find a new or special main, dessert, salad or hors d'oeuvre.
They tell me (having never read a cook book I have to rely on others) this book is also unique in that it includes a section, "How Our Gourmet Club Works" that will be of interest to those who belong to or wish to start a supper club with their friends and neighbours and need some help with getting started.
What I really like about this initiative is that profits from sales will be donated directly to the University Women's Club of Perth and District Scholarship Fund- established to financially assist young women in their pursuit of post-secondary education. In 2010, CFUW Perth and District awarded $17,500.00 to 21 women in the district through its Scholarship Fund Program. I love projects where you can see women helping women and isn't this a perfect example of exactly that?
So you see, you can help with this fundraising project and enjoy some great new recipes at the same time (and maybe you could invite me over to sample them!) The book costs $15.00 and you can order your copy by e mailing Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
This cook book makes a great Christmas gift - trust me on this one.