I’ve just got this email and I’m so excited I wanted to share it with you right away!For those of you who don’t know, the Handmade Help blog put a call out for family recipes to combine into a book for the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires. They’ve lost everything, including treasured old family recipes. This book is a way of giving them some back. So purchase one for yourself and as many as you can afford for gifts, as for each one purchased another is dontated to families from the ravaged areas. I was delighted to be a part of it, it showcases the sense of community we share and I think that’s a wonderful thing.
As you know, The Handmade Help Recipe Book evolved as part of handmadehelpsout.blogspot.com by a group of crafters and artists who wanted to contribute to the bushfire recovery effort. Your recipes have made it what it is, and after months of quiet and intense preparation, it’s at the printers and about to be launched!
From Grandma Polack’s ice cream to Margaret Fulton’s Rigatoni carbonara, the cookbook is packed with over 100 delicious recipes that have been tried, tested and treasured through the ages. This not for profit initiative brings together recipes from home cooks and well-known chefs including Greg Malouf, Allan Campion and Michele Curtis.
For those who have lost all of their possessions the book is a gift, helping to replace much loved recipe books and raise funds to rebuild affected communities.
Limited copies of Homemade: the Handmade Help Recipe Book will be available for sale. Printed copies will cost $15 (plus postage) and a downloadable PDF is available for $8.
For every copy that is sold, a copy of the book will be given directly to people who have lost their homes and belongings in the fires, distributed through relief and local organisations. All money collected will be donated to the Salvation Army, to assist them in their continued good efforts to help families through hardship.
We have been up to the bushfire-affected areas to show them the gift we have been preparing, and your recipes and inspiration will be received with delight and cherished for the useful ideas you’ve donated to the book. We would love to be able to give all of us a copy to keep, but we’ve had a limited print run donated to us, and until we know what sort of demand the book will provoke, we haven’t increased the quantities.
Contributors get first go! (But please get in quick)
Visit handmaderecipebook.com to place a pre-order for your printed copy (printing throughout the month of July) or to order a copy of the PDF. Payment is via secure Paypal shopping, or you can visit your local Homemade committee member to place and pay for your order in person. They won’t last for long, and we’re looking at ways to print more, but it would be wise to reserve your copy before they’re gone!
Homemade: The Handmade Help Recipe Book
Over 100 family recipes from contributors from Australia and overseas
136pp, August 2009
$15 paperback (plus postage); $8 PDF