Taste of Home Cookbook: Cooks Who Care

Recipes from Taste Of Home Cookbook: Cooks Who Care Edition:
  • Pinwheel Flank Steaks
  • Citrus Garlic Shrimp
  • Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna
  • Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie
  • Chocolate Truffle Dessert

  • (PRESS RELEASE) The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition, showcases stories from individuals who used a recipe to touch a soul and change a life. The Taste of Home Cookbook became an instant best-seller, with nearly 2 million copies sold, through a neighborly exchange of reader-submitted recipes, stories, and tips from home cooks across the country. The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition offers more recipes and color photos and feature 21 moving stories of "Cooks Who Care," people who are helping others through food-related efforts.

    "Taste of Home ran its first Cooks Who Care story in October 2006, and promptly turned it into a regular feature in the magazine," said Catherine Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home. "In this edition of The Taste of Home Cookbook, we added new features and included the 21 Cooks Who Care stories to celebrate the people who have selflessly performed charitable acts to give back to their communities"

    Included with the cookbook is exclusive web content at tasteofhome.com featuring 349 additional recipes; 30 how-to videos demonstrating specific techniques or recipes; and community boards that allow visitors to share their own Cooks Who Care stories. The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition is a practical 5-ring binder that lies flat as you cook and comes filled with extra goodies like tabbed chapter dividers and snap-in splashguards to protect the pages. There are clear prep and cook times and complete nutrition facts for each recipe. The book's detailed cooking instructions and how-to photos -- filleting a fish, boning a chicken, stuffing a turkey -- make prep even easier.

    The new Taste of Home Cookbook features over 1,300 recipes that are easy to make, budget-friendly and, most importantly, work every time. The ingredients in the recipes come from regular grocery stores; and each is tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen (outfitted with appliances just like you would find in most American homes). The cookbook offers what the magazine's editors and test kitchen experts feel are the "best of the best" from their 40,000-plus recipe database and is a must-have resource for any home cook.

    Touched by "food-for-the-soul" stories, Taste of Home proudly developed a nationwide Cooks Who Care initiative, with hope that others will be inspired to give back as well. As part of the program, Taste of Home has dedicated the second week of November as National Cooks Who Care Week, to annually celebrate individuals who have helped others through home cooking. To support this initiative, The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition comes with a web code to access the Cooks Who Care recipes and additional information for anyone who would like to start a local Cooks Who Care effort; log on to tasteofhome.com/cooks-who-care.

    The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition is more than a cookbook. It's a reflection of the caring and sharing home cooks across America serve up every day. Whether you're making dinner for the family, planning a celebration with friends or baking cookies to raise money for someone in need, The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks Who Care Edition has recipes for every occasion. The new cookbook celebrates the delight and comfort we find at the table, the deep connection between food and family, and the difference a small gesture such as a homemade meal can make -- all of which happen with a recipe and a Cook Who Cares.


    Cooks Who Care Event Ideas

  • Volunteer to make or serve a meal at a soup kitchen, shelter or group home. Find opportunities at volunteermatch.org or dosomething.org
  • Bake cookies for the elderly in your area; work with your community center to coordinate delivery
  • Host a bake sale or spaghetti dinner to benefit a nonprofit group or agency
  • Make baked goods to send to troops overseas, like "The Cookie Mom" who sends cookies to troops overseas every Christmas
  • Host a chili cook-off to benefit your local volunteer fire department
  • Donate your services to a local charity auction. Example: "A Fresh Pie Each Month for the Entire Year!"
  • Bake sugar cookies with a group and bring them to an after-school children's program or nursing home along with frosting and sprinkles to decorate the cookies together
  • Host a canned goods drive at your office or church to benefit the local food pantry
  • Join the Cooks Who Care Community Forum—a place to share stories of how you are using your culinary talents to make a difference in your community

    Promote Your Event

  • Have your company establish a "Cooks Who Care Day" and invite co-workers to participate in a fundraiser
  • Raise awareness about a community-wide event in conjunction with National Cooks Who Care Week (the second week in November), by asking the mayor to issue a proclamation
  • Contact your local newspaper and/or radio station to announce your Cooks Who Care event or have a reporter cover the event
  • Go to cookswhocare.com or visit tasteofhome.com to find more information on how to be a Cooks Who Care, helpful links, inspiring stories, and downloadable documents to get started.

    If you or a group you belong to cooks for a charitable, spiritual or other purpose, we'd love to hear from you at cookswhocare.com.

    Meet the "Taste of Home" Editor 7:30 pm
    Wednesday, October 7

    Barnes & Noble

    Old Orchard Center




    Catherine M. Cassidy is Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of the Taste of Home Media Group (tasteofhome.com). Catherine Cassidy is the face of Taste of Home and has appeared on numerous television shows across the country, including several appearances on "Good Morning America, "The Early Show" and QVC, demonstrating the reader-submitted recipes that appear in the magazine and cookbooks. In her role as editor-in-chief, she oversees the creation of all branded media, including Taste of Home, the number one cooking magazine in the world, and its web site, tasteofhome.com; special interest publications, direct response and retail cookbooks, including the best-selling Taste of Home Cookbook; and Taste of Home spin-off magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking. As part of her charge, Catherine Cassidy also oversees the Taste of Home Cooking Schools, which attract thousands to locations nationwide. Prior to joining RDA, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine and Prevention Special Interest Publications at Rodale, Inc. Catherine joined Rodale in 1986 as an associate editor in the book division, and was later named Executive Editor of Rodale's Custom Publishing division. She started her career at Runner's World and Fit magazines in Mountain View, California. She lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and children.

    Diane Werner Diane Werner, RD, serves as Food Director for Taste of Home, the largest cooking magazine in the country and a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks in print, online and through the Taste of Home Cooking Schools. In this capacity, Diane provides feedback for the testing staff, aids in nutritional information regarding recipes and healthy lifestyle while providing insight into the creative design of the magazine and assisting with the digital media elements. Diane also plays a key role in creating and judging national recipe contests. In addition, Diane has traveled the country promoting Taste of Home, conducting national and local media interviews -- most recently appearing on "Good Morning America." Diane joined Taste of Home in March 1998; she has also held a variety of roles as a registered dietician, including at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, where she served as Diabetic/Metabolic Nutrition Specialist. Diane lives in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with her husband of 30 years and is the mother of four.


    Cooks Who Care is a program created by Taste of Home to celebrate acts of caring by home cooks and communities across the country. Introduced as a magazine feature in October 2006, Cooks Who Care shares the stories of kindness in print and on-line at www.cookswhocare.com of compassionate real people across the country who give back through food. In 2008, Taste of Home dedicated the second week in November as the annual National Cooks Who Care Week, to reach beyond their readers and motivate others to join the Cooks Who Care program.


    Taste of Home is a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks with engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Taste of Home publishes three magazines, including the flagship Taste of Home--America's largest cooking magazine, with a circulation of 3.2 million--Healthy Cooking and Simple & Delicious; top-selling bookazines; newsstand specials; and popular cookbooks. Taste of Home is part of Food & Entertaining@RDA (The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.) More information can be found at tasteofhome.com

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