What began as a creative and selfless idea from my friend and fellow food blogger, Julie Van Rosendaal, actually came into being today in the form of a absolutely stunning cookbook.
I'm so excited to share this with you; I can't sit still.
Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti is a collaboration of 27 food bloggers, Julie, her friend Cathryn Ironside, Beth Snyder, and many other individuals, all who gave their time and resources to help a noble cause: Haiti.
The cookbook contains 72 recipes, all contributed by a talented and diverse group of chefs, food writers and bloggers. I am truly honored to be in their company. Oh, didn't I mention that yet? Yes, I've got a couple of recipes in the cookbook!!
Here's how it works: 1oo% of the proceeds from the cookbook will go directly to the Red Cross and Doctor’s Without Borders to assist in their efforts in Haiti.
But wait for the clincher: both West Canadian Graphics & Blurb (printers) are matching the dollar amount of the proceeds raised, up to $10,000!
Oh, and until February 12th, the Canadian government will match that! As you can see,we have the potential to raise quite a bit of money here.
It’s a POD (print-on-demand) system, meaning the books are printed and shipped as they’re ordered and arrive at your doorstep in about 8 days (or less, if you order express shipping, as I did!)
You can purchase cookbooks for a good cause HERE in softcover ($25US) or as a hardcover ($50US)
I bought a few copies this morning--it was the first thing I did when I woke up-- and they will be printed on demand and shipped to my doorstep in about 8 days. Can't wait!!
Seriously, go to Blurb and take a peek at the book...the preview is gorgeous!
I haven't been so excited about anything in a very long time. I feel like this entire post should be written in CAPS, bolded and italicized!! It's an incredible feeling to be actively involved in a project that is sending relief to a country that has been so decimated.
It's truly an honor to be a part and I am grateful to Julie for the opportunity and for MAKING IT HAPPEN!! (there, couldn't resist those caps. Julie is an ALL-CAPS kind of girl.) It was only three short weeks ago when I received an email from her asking me to participate and now the presses are rolling.
Seriously the fastest cookbook project ever.
For more information and a complete list of contributors, check out the Blog Aid blog.
UPDATE: Sales have been booming all day and the grand total of funds raised so far has surpassed $20,000 CAD!!! Woot!