Cooking up the community

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Students assemble cookbook

By Francais Owen Healy


fhealy@jccc.edu


Food is a central part of every person’s life. This is especially true for college students.

While nourishment is the goal, food is one of the most important social activities people partake in. It’s something we share with our friends, family and offspring.

Enter the college’s cookbook, which is being developed by the nutrition club on campus.

“It’s like a community cookbook,” said Anna Page, assistant professor of dietary management at the college. “We haven’t had a [college] cookbook for quite some time so I approached the nutrition club last year and said, ‘Would you guys be interested in spearheading this?’”

The cookbook is currently in its early stages of development and the nutrition club is in search of new recipes. While they would like healthy recipes if possible, all kinds of flavorful ideas are welcome, including desserts, lunch, dinner or breakfast entrees, snacks, quick meals, soups, salads, breadsticks, beverages and even crafty juicing recipes.

“We’re mostly still in the collection process. Next semester, once the recipes are collected, we’ll work on compiling the whole thing and making it a reality,” said Hannah Lusk, sous chef at the college and president of the nutrition club. “Without enough recipes there won’t even be a book so we want as many as we can get.”

Lusk is part of the dining services on campus, which is a big incentive to check out the cookbook once it comes out sometime next semester. Many of the recipes served in Down Under and the annual lunch sponsored by the Student Sustainability Committee will be included in the cookbook.

Despite the professional contributors to the cookbook, anyone on campus is free to include their own ideas.

“I think a big part of this is for people to contribute their own recipes. There’s going to be recipes from [campus] chefs, from myself and other students,” said Lusk. “It will be cool to see your own recipes in the cookbook. If students didn’t contribute then it wouldn’t be a college community cookbook. The whole point is that everyone contributes.”

If you want to be a part of the cookbook, include your name, email address or phone number; the type of recipe and a picture of the food itself (if you have one) in 8×11 format (RTF, Word, PDF, etc.) and turn it into HCA 103L or email jcccnutritionclub@gmail.com. Entries will be accepted until the end of the semester.

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