If, however, you’re looking for down-home, tried and true recipes - Armenian, American, or otherwise - the place to look is in any cookbook compiled by a Women’s Guild rather than the glossy, over-priced publications featuring a “food celebrity."
Don‘t get me wrong: I love ALL cookbooks. However, I’ve turned my attention lately from bookstore cookbooks, to the lesser-known, yet highly desirable, cookbooks from church guilds and school organizations.
|Red Bank Regional HS Faculty Cookbook|
My interest in cookbooks began in the early 1970’s, when, as a new home economics teacher at Red Bank Regional High School in New Jersey, I sponsored a group of students in an organization called, FHA-HERO, The Future Homemakers of America - Home Economics Related Occupations. (Today the organization is called FCCLA: Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.)
In order to raise money for the school, the students and I decided to create a Faculty Cookbook. We asked faculty, staff, and family members to submit their favorite recipes to be included in our cookbook project. We received an overwhelming response, and put together quite a nice little cookbook - if I do say so myself!
Besides the high school cookbook, I own Women’s Guild cookbooks from St. David Armenian Church, Boca Raton, Florida; St. Mary Armenian Church, Livingston, New Jersey; St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, and eventually a soon-to-be-published cookbook from the Women’s Guild at St. Leon Armenian Church, Fairlawn, New Jersey.
The recipes found on these pages are the real, everyday recipes that feed our hearts and souls- the comfort foods that make us recall sweet moments at the dinner table with family and friends.
If any of you have a Woman’s Guild or school cookbook you’d like to share, simply write a comment in the appropriate place in this blog, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.