A new cookbook hit the shelves in Duluth recently and it's full of nearly 600 local favorites.
The Junior League of Duluth released its fifth cookbook, "The Best of Thymes: Celebrating 90 Years of the Junior League of Duluth," last month. The book features recipes from the league's four previous cookbooks, as well as some new ones. It also coincides with the league's 90th anniversary.
"The best of all recipes from the past 90 years are reflected in this book," said Rita Rosenberger, committee chair for the Junior League of Duluth. "The committee of Junior League volunteers that worked on it took almost two years to create this and we got it out in time for our 90th anniversary."
To commemorate the league's anniversary, the cookbook also features a special section on the group's history in Duluth.
The committee selected its favorite recipes from the league's four previous cookbooks: "Holiday Stars" (2004), "The Festival of Trees Treasured Recipes" (1999), "Thyme for All Seasons" (1982) and "King's Daughters Cook Book" (1916). They also selected some new recipes that have not been included in previous editions.
"Thyme for All Seasons was published, I think, about six times throughout the '80s and '90s," Rosenberger said. "A lot of people still have highly regarded copies that are starting to fall apart."
The idea for a new book came from the league's sustainers, the alumni group that continues to pay membership dues, according the Rosenberger.
"Every fall our sustainers get together," she said. "Some of them started saying maybe we should republish a cookbook from the '80s, and then a few started chatting about that and said we should publish from others as well and make it a "best of" cookbook."
The book features appetizers, beverages, dips, side dishes, main dishes, meats and cookies and candies. The committee made an effort to select recipes that are healthy and focus on locally grown ingredients, Rosenberger said.
"As I was going through the various recipes (from past books) I was surprised how many included pheasant, duck, lake trout -- local food and game," she said. "And we put in a couple new recipes. A few feature beets, which was selected as the Duluth Community Garden vegetable of the year."
The cookbook is a testament to the work of the league's committee and volunteers, Junior League of Duluth President Nicole Widdes said.
"I am very impressed with the hard work and dedication of this committee and the members' ability to meet a need in this community in such a unique way," she said in a press release.
Proceeds will help the Junior League continue to fund community projects and nonprofits in Duluth.
"We are excited about creating and implementing many more projects to serve our local community and this cookbook will help us ensure we have funding to do just that," Widdes said.
The new cookbook can be purchased at Blue Heron Trading Company in Canal Park and at the Duluth Kitchen Company in the Fitger's complex. It can also be ordered online at the league's website, http://www.juniorleagueduluth.org.