The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook

Bonnie Tawse


$13.46 $14.95
Publisher: Belt Publishing
ISBN: 9781948742832
Cover type: Paperback
Publish date: 6/30/2020
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The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook celebrates the tradition of the cookie table with forty-one classic recipes from authentic Mahoning Valley cookie tables and cooks.

The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook celebrates the tradition of the cookie table with forty-one classic recipes from authentic Mahoning Valley cookie tables and cooks. What's a cookie table? Funny you should ask! The cookie table is a tradition beloved by residents of Youngstown, Pittsburgh, and parts in between.

It has its roots in a time when wedding cakes were far too dear for newly arrived immigrants to purchase. Instead, family and friends showed their love for a bride and groom by baking from scratch hundreds (sometimes thousands) of cookies and other small sweet treats to be shared at the reception. 

The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook includes cookies from different cultures, cookies with different textures, spices, shapes, and backstories. Simple cookies, ridiculously indulgent cookies, experimental cookies—they're all here. And most of all it shares the tradition of the cookie table, a heartfelt way of building community that has endured through generations.

In the tradition of the community cookbook, The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook is a must for any kitchen large or small. Author Bonnie Tawse is a writer and home baker committed to exploring the connections between food, community, and culture. She has co-hosted a Nordic Dinner series, is a former Atlas Obscura Field Agent, and helped establish children’s organic gardens in parks all over Chicago.

Her writing has appeared in TimeOut, Chicago Kids, Chicago Parent, and for institutions such as the Cultural Landscapes Foundation and the Lurie Garden. Foreword by Beth Kracklauer, food and drinks editor for the Wall Street Journal weekend edition. Buy it with Belt's Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology for the full experience!

Bonnie Tawse is a writer and home baker committed to exploring the connections between food, community, and culture. She has co-hosted a Nordic Dinner series, is a former Atlas Obscura Field Agent, and helped establish children's organic gardens in parks all over Chicago.

Her writing has appeared in TimeOut Chicago Kids, Chicago Parent, and for institutions such as the Cultural Landscapes Foundation and the Lurie Garden.

She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from CU Boulder, and her fiction has been published in ChickLit 2, Asylum Arts Annual, and Sniper Logic. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons and recently spent one year visiting and celebrating 52 Bakeries in 52 Weeks.

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