05 February, 2010

Blog Aid: Haiti

I'm not sure how many of you know this, but I have a second blog and a second creative outlet in writing. The focus for most of my freelance writing is food writing. As a result of this passion I've developed a lovely and generous network of food writers.

One of my mentors and friends, Julie Van Rosendaal sent out an email 3 weeks back.  She was motivated to take action in response to the earthquake in Haiti. So she asked some fellow writers and bloggers to contribute to a cookbook project.  In just three weeks she led the charge on the newest version of the community cookbook.  Blog Aid: Haiti is a collection of recipes from over 25 writers around the interwebs.  The recipes range from my own Chai-Spiced Granola with Pistachios (only available in the book) to the ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie, from Blueberry Galette to Bulgogi, and from Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream to Concord Grape Sorbet.  

All Recipes, photographs, design, and editing were freely given.  The artwork gracing the cover is by the lovely artist Beth Snyder. All proceeds will go directly to The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders to help with relief efforts in Haiti. And the publishing houses, West Canadian and Blurb are matching the proceeds realized.  So that triples your donation when you purchase a book.  Buy before February 12 in Canada and all donations will also be matched by the federal government. So in addition to a very leveraged donation you will also get a rather stunning cookbook.

Did I mention that each recipe has a photograph? And that contributions are coming from folks like The Gluten Free Girl and Chef, Seven Spoons, Tartelette, Under the High Chair, and Christie's Corner? Seriously, stunning is an understatement.

The book is available for US $25 in softcover and US$50 in hardcover.  You can buy it here, or click on the button there in the sidebar.  It is available on a print on demand system, so you should get it about 8 days after ordering.

For more information on the book, the project, and all the contributors, visit the official Blog Aid website.


Lee said...

Wow I listened to Julie in the morning on CBC when shuttling the kids around. I remember listening to her ethusiasm for this book and how quickly it had come together, and now i 'know' one of the contributors.. Good for you and the others.

Anonymous said...

would you like to help Haiti? do everything you can to make your government not force Haiti to pay their national debt, to make your government not "charge" in the future for the humanitarian assistance of today, so that your country's enterprises don't exploit haitians, that would be of great help.

Kathryn said...

Wow. Way to knock down people trying to do some good in a creative and kind hearted way. That is sad.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I didn't take Anonymous's comment as an Instead of request, I thought it was meant as an additional way to help....

The debt problem worldwide keeps countries in servitude and there have been movements (Jubilee comes to mind) to help poor countries get out of the hole for years.

Perhaps Anon was misunderstood?