Let’s Write a Cookbook!

The Helpline Center is beginning an exciting new project in which survivors of suicide loss from across the state can participate. We have recently begun collecting recipes for “Soul Food: A Loving Collection of Food and Memories.” Anyone within our survivor community may contribute a recipe to the cookbook. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • A recipe for something that was a special favorite of your loved one.
  • A photo of your loved one to accompany the recipe.
  • A brief description of your memory of your loved one enjoying this food.

Each recipe’s page will incorporate all of these elements on that particular page. This is a creative opportunity to remember your loved one and to share both their memory and their favorite food with those who purchase the cookbook.

At this time, we do not have an exact price for each book, but we estimate this will be in the $12-$15 range, plus shipping. Even though this is categorized as a fundraising project, we have decided to forego any profit in order to keep costs as low as possible. The cookbooks can be pre-ordered, paid for (when the final price is determined), and recipes can be submitted at the publisher’s portal at https://www.createmycookbook.com/groups/DJb9cY5Hc.

Recipes can be from any category – main dishes, soups, desserts, side dishes, baked goods, etc. We will begin the printing and shipping process once we have 100 orders for the book. The culmination of this project will be a potluck meal featuring many of these recipes on Saturday, November 20, 2021, which is National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. More details on the observance of that day to come prior to the event.

Anyone can purchase the cookbooks, but only survivors of suicide loss may submit a recipe and photo.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Jennie Marks by email or by phone at (605) 274-1416.

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