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The Loosetooth Cookbook

By Erin in Food on Feb 21, 2005 4:36PM


Last January, Chicagoan Brandy Agerbeck turned 30 and celebrated with a potluck dinner.

According to Agerbeck's Web site, "Everyone was asking for everyone else's recipes. I thought, 'I oughta create a Friends of cookbook.' I love old ladies auxiliary type cookbooks that are a group, community effort. In the next thought, 'and we'll donate the money to a food bank'."

And that's just what she did.

Agerbeck has developed the "Friends Of Cookbook." With more than 190 recipes, including drink, soup, and meal recipes, and a healthy amount of vegetarian and vegan ideas, the cookbook brings together a slew of mostly fellow Chicagoans, all who contributed their own recipes to the project.

What's really cool is that the cookbook is available at Cafe Press for $20, and the $4 profit to be had from each book -- as Agerbeck says each costs $16 to produce -- goes directly to America's Second Harvest.

Chicagoist is pumped to buy her copy and get her own glimpse into the kitchens of some of her fellow Chicagoans -- some of the recipes give credit where its possibly due with names like "Aunt Eydie's Cheddar Potatoes" and "Aunt Diana's Grasshopper Cheesecake" and Chicagoist's favorite, "Dueling Grandmothers Swedish Rice Pudding," meaning you know these are some fantastic recipes that have lit up people's lives for years. So cool.

To get your copy of The Friends of Cookbook, visit Agerbeck's Cafe Press location.