Saturday, September 27, 2008

Block Appetit -- Keeping it Local -- Neighborhood Cookbook

My Oakland, California, neighborhood is planning to create it's own cookbook and I'm writing this post to have a "central" place to list the instructions and overview. Click here to see the latest news and updates about this project.

Right now planning is just beginning. Our first step is to collect recipes and volunteers.

If you are a Forestland Hills neighbor, and you know who you are, you are invited to participate.

We need recipes that have played an important role in your family, ones that you have shared at our block parties or local potlucks (remembr Susan's Easter parties?) Maybe ones you've fed neighbors or ones you are just proud of. We are especially interested in recipes using any of our local bounty (fruit trees, vegetable gardens, chickens, etc.) or involve a local food resource such as the Montclair Farmers' Market. When in doubt, let us know about it.

We need the stories behind your recipes. Please share them as well.

We'll be needing volunteers to solict, test and compile the recipes into a cookbook to share with all.

If you are interested in participating, please contact me through my new neighborhood cookbook email -- blockappetitATgmailDOTcom.

Thanks. I look forward to answering your questions and trying your recipes!

About the photo: Donut eating competition at the September 28, 2008 block party. The version here doesn't do it justice. Take a second and click on the photo above to see the larger version. Fun day, fun event.

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