Merelyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin, Lauren Fink, Lisa Goldberg, Paula Horwiyz and Jacqui Israel started meeting once a week to cook and chat over coffee in March 2006. Three words became the mantra for what was to become the Monday Morning Cooking Club: share the recipes, inspire people to preserve their family recipes; and give all the profits to charity.
They dreamed of writing a cookbook and, using their combined skills of cooking, fressing (eating ravenously) and perseverance, they slowly grew that seed into their dream. Their first book, Monday Morning Cooking Club - the food, the stories, the sisterhood, was published in April 2011 and was for them 'like the birth of a child'. They were so inspired, excited and encouraged by the success of that book, that another was bound to follow. This time, the call went out across Australia and the MMCC were inundated with hundreds of recipes from readers all over the country.
The Feast Goes On features the best-loved and most delicious recipes and stories from the heart and soul of the Jewish community across Australia, it speaks of a community drawn together by food, telling poignant stories of sharing and survival, love and hope, friendship and family. But mostly, it's about the food.
I caught up with the Monday Morning Cooking Club by email and you can read our full conversation (and enjoy a recipe) here.
Thank you kindly to the Monday Morning Cooking Club and the publicity team at HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to review this title and catch up with all of you. There is much to cook from here and I can barely wait to splatter, annotate and cover the pages with sticky notes! I'm going to start with this cheesecake!
The Feast Goes On by the Monday Morning Cooking Club, $49.99, HarperCollins. All MMCC profits from the book will go to charity.
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