Save Time, Save Money, and Eat Well with the Cooks Who Care edition of the Best-Selling Cookbook from Taste of Home

ISBN 978-0-89821-729-2
  • On sale September 8, 2009
  • 1,395 kitchen-tested recipes
  • 1,387 full-color photographs & illustrations
  • Free subscription to Taste of Home magazine
  • Exclusive access to website featuring 300+ searchable recipes, 30 how-to videos, chat rooms, tips, and more
  • 738 pages
  • 9 1/2x 10 x 2 3/4
  • $29.95 5-ring binder

In November 2008, Taste of Home launched the annual National Cooks Who Care Week, which celebrates acts of kindness by home cooks and communities across the country. This new edition of The Taste of Home Cookbook captures the spirit of the American kitchen through heart-warming stories of Cooks Who Care. Readers who purchase the book will gain access to an exclusive Cooks Who Care website that features:

  • 301 new searchable recipes
  • 30 how-to videos demonstrating techniques and recipes
  • A Cooks Who Care event planner with 21 real-life inspiring stories
  • Chat rooms and community boards

Chipotle-Teriyaki Pork Chops

TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.

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Black Forest Cheesecake

PREP: 20 min. + chilling

Christine Ooyen, Winnebago, Illinois

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Homepage of Exclusive Cooks Who Care Website

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Meet Some of the Dedicated Cooks Who Care

Potluck in the Park

Potluck in the Park, a community-wide program that takes place every Sunday at O'Bryant Square in downtown Portland, Oregon, has been serving hot meals to anyone in need since 1991. An integral part of the effort is Christ Episcopal Church of Lake Oswego—the congregation has provided the casseroles and beverages for the potluck for 13 years.

Preparing enough huge casseroles weekly to feed the masses is not an easy task, but with generous donations from the Oregon Culinary Institute and the Western Culinary Institute, the church crew is able to pull it off. Dozens of other community members—including Boy Scout troops and service groups—donate additional foods and help serve meals.

Says Christ Episcopal program coordinator Alison Gilmore, "Many say, 'bless you,' and 'thank you.' One man lost his job and came for a hot meal in the park. Eventually, he got his job back, and he started serving with us. Once people start helping, they don't stop."

Comfort Food for Families

Parents dealing with a sick child have one thing on their minds: their child's well-being. Amy Geiser, mom to twin girls, knows this firsthand. Six years ago, her then 2-year-old daughter Rebecca had heart surgery at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Rebecca made a full recovery and is now a healthy 8-year-old.

Shortly after Rebecca's surgery, Amy heard that the local Ronald McDonald House needed food donations to feed the parents of sick children. "I was talking to my mom about the amount of food I'd have to prepare . . . not to mention having two small children at home," Amy says. "I said to her, 'How can I do this?' At that moment, Rebecca walked by and kissed me on the cheek, and I said, 'How can I not do this?'"

For almost 5 years, Amy has prepared meals for 40 people every other month. "I love knowing that I'm helping out a parent during a bad time," says Amy. "When I see parents, they're so thankful. They shouldn't have to worry about where they can get something to eat; they're just thinking of getting back to their child.

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