By Liz Scott Monaghan
The Northshore Democratic Women’s Club presented a check for $2000 to the Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church Feeding Ministry on Saturday Dec.10.
It was one of the highlights of an unusual event, a launching of the club’s “Cookbook for the Hungry,” which was created solely to benefit the hungry.
Women's club members and guests sample Sweet Potato Bread at launch party for the Club's "Cookbook for the Hungry"
The club has partnered with Mount Olive, and the ministry itself has sold 120 books and already used those profits to pay fuel and other bills, feeding ministry director Natasha Woods said.
One of the cookbook’s authors, Ann Porter of Slidell, explained that after the women’s club sponsored a forum on hunger in St. Tammany Parish in January, club members brainstormed about they could do to help alleviate the problem. The result was the cookbook.
She noted that this isn’t an ordinary community cookbook. It was designed by professional book designer Tina Henderson of Lacombe; edited by humor writer Liz Scott Monaghan of Folsom, and includes good-natured political pot shots as well as recipes from the club’s skilled cooks. It also includes directions on planting a vegetable garden, filleting a fish, and a few tips on healthful eating.
The book launch party, titled “Hunger Bites” featured tasting of 18 recipes from the book, including several seafood dishes, salads, desserts and a few items with quirky names such as “Undocumented Chili Dip,” “Black Bean and Corn Flip-Flop,” “Heckuvajob Brownies,” “Robocall Rice Salad,” and “Wing-Nut Oatmeal Cookies.”
The event’s organizers were Shannon Cockayne of Bush and Alex Wesley-Smith of Lacombe.
Cookbook Contributers and Event Organizers, First row, from left, Shannon Cockayne, Tina Henderson, Linda Hawkins, Dian McIlwain, Alex Wesley-Smith. Second row, from left; Janice Roussel, Joy Roussel, Susan Green, Gail Ledet, Ella Selmon, Ann Porter. Third row: Ann Kirkpatrick, Liz Scott Monaghan, and Nina Helfert.
Mount Olive Feeding Ministry, founded in 1986, currently serves and delivers 350 meals each day, six days per week, a total of nearly 90,000 meals a year. To purchase cookbooks, or to donate funds, contact the Mount Olive Feeding Ministry at 985.641.6026, or order them through OctaviaBooks.com or Amazon.com