Made With Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook features recipes by celebrities and celebrity chefs (and me) and raises money to fight hunger among seniors. And we’re giving away a copy here.
And Mario Batalli! And Martha Stewart, Patti LaBelle, Al Franken, Paula Deen… Made With Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook includes recipes from the tables of well-known actors, chefs, writers and other celebrities, along with personal stories about their favorite family meals. I was honored to be invited to share a recipe.
Published just last month by BenBella Books, Made With Love features 125 recipes arranged by course, from breakfast to appetizers, soups and stews, main dishes, casseroles, pasta and rice dishes, salads, sides and desserts. The stories told about many of the dishes are as delightful as the recipes themselves. Beautiful color photographs are sprinkled throughout the book.
The recipes are all accessible and doable, perhaps none more so than Joan Rivers’ Toast, “my favorite recipe to make for family and friends.” The ingredients are 2 slices white bread and butter or margarine, as needed. She adds, “For holidays and special occasions, raisin bread may be substituted, but follow the same procedure.” Other recipes are a little more involved; all are made with love.
Made With Love was edited by Enid Borden, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels Association of America. Meals On Wheels is the oldest and largest national organization of its kind, composed of some 5,000 community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States. Every day, they provide more than a million meals for seniors across the country. To make and distribute all these meals, Meals on Wheels employs many thousands of professionals at the various local Senior Nutrition Programs across the U.S. They also rely on a virtual army of volunteers.
Each sale of the cookbook supports the work of all these individuals and programs and helps to end senior hunger in America. The problem is a huge one, and it keeps growing. According to the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation, 8.3 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010. This reflects a 78% increase since 2001—and a 34% increase since 2007. The effects of food insecurity are disproportionately borne by women, who make up over 60% of seniors facing the threat of hunger.
You can help. The holidays will upon us before you know it. Already editors everywhere are compiling holiday gift lists for their readers (well, except for me—I’m an inveterate procrastinator). But when my list eventually comes out, it will include this book. Made With Love is one of those gifts that keeps on giving, with family recipes and stories to share—and with knowing you’re helping fight hunger.
And now the giveaway. Win a copy of Made With Love. BenBella Books has generously offered a copy for one of my readers. To enter to win it, just leave a comment on this post. On Tuesday, October 9, I’ll select a random comment as the winner. Just one comment per person, please.
Update: The contest is now closed. I’ll announce the winner next week. Thanks for entering!