Fundraising cookbook to be launched at show

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A bumper cookbook comprising more than 300 recipes, including some from West Otago’s best-known cooks, is to have its debut at the West Otago A&P Show at Tapanui on November 18.

Cookbook co-organiser Jann Robertson said the funds raised from the sale of the cookbook would be given to the West Otago Swimming Pool fundraising committee, which was set up to raise funds for a new roof for the facility.

Vicki Adams is also co-organiser of the project.

Mrs Robertson has received sample copies of the book, which is produced in the form of a large desk calendar that has its own built-in base to make it easy to use the recipes.

“It’s a cool new concept,” Mrs Robertson said.

“The book is on its way from the printers and we are hoping to have the launch for it at the West Otago A&P Show,” she said.

The book featured recipes from 15 well-known West Otago cooks, 180 colour pages and more than 300 recipes, she said.

Residents had also submitted their favourite recipes.

The clever layout should mean cooks never lost a recipe again, she said.

“It’s fantastic – we’re very happy with the final result.”

As well as recipes there were photos and brief biographies of the 15 well-known cooks who had contributed about 10 recipes each, she said.

Pool fundraising committee co-ordinator Rachel Hanna was excited about the initiative.

“It will just help us get closer to our target,” Ms Hanna said.

The target was $400,000 and the committee was about three-quarters of the way to achieving it, Ms Hanna said.

Some of the recipes in the book had been passed down through generations, she said.

Others would tempt cooks to try something a bit different.

Orders could be taken on the West Otago Cooks facebook page or at the show.