On Community Cookbooks

We've all come across them at some time or another: as a school fundraiser, to commemorate the anniversary of an organization, or pulled together as a memory of a family reunion. Community cookbooks are little spiral-bound treasures of each of our own personal histories.

I have a few in my pantry: one from the 100-year celebration of my childhood church, one from my large extended family. They're full of recommended recipes from people I know and trust. Some are introduced with stories that make leafing through these books not just a great resource for recipes, but a pleasurable read.

Do you have any community cookbooks in your collection? Where are they from?

Have you ever contributed to one? What recipes do you like to contribute?

Related: Do You Cook From Vintage Cookbooks?

(Image: Shayla Hunter / Gourmet)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.