Sunday, September 12, 2010

Junior League of Salt Lake City Looking for Recipes for New Cookbook

Junior League Cookbooks are some of my favorite cookbooks. When I was a young mother and I would ask more experienced neighbors where this dish came from or where I could get “that recipe at”, I was repeatedly told, “The Heritage Cookbook, the one with the crazy quilt on the front”. I have used my Heritage Cookbook for many things over the years, from main dishes to candy. Why? Junior League Cookbooks are composed of recipes from real cooks, handed down recipes, things that really work. Elements I love about their book are that they all have a theme- whether they are from Colorado or Tennessee. The theme of A Pinch of Salt Lake shows the diversity and unique style of Salt Lake City through cooking and entertaining. My copy has been so used that the corners are worn raw and some pages stick together.

The Junior League of Salt Lake is creating a new cookbook and is looking for the best recipes Utah has to offer. The theme is “gathering” and will focus on recipes that use fresh, local ingredients as well as traditional family recipes passed down for generations. The name of the cookbook will be “What’s Cooking Salt Lake?” All the recipes that are submitted will be judged in a blind test kitchen.

· Deadline for recipes is September 30, 2010

· Submissions can include a wide range of areas including appetizer, main course, side dish, dessert and cocktail

· Recipes can be submitted by Email:

· Fax: (801) 328-1048

· Or regular post to : New Cookbook, Junior League of Salt Lake City, 526 E. 300 S., SLC, UT 84102

The recipes must be original, of course. Go for it! You certainly can’t lose anything for trying.

What is your favorite Junior League Cookbook?


  1. I love the SLC Junior league cookbooks, both of them. My other favorite is Beyond Parsley by the JL of Kansas City. I love recipes that are tried and true.

  2. I feel certain the new cookbook will be as successful as the old. There are lots of great cooks in your state. I suspect you are one of them. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  3. what recipe are you going to submit?

  4. I LOVE Junior League cookbooks and have quite a few of them. My favorites are probably Stop and Smell the Rosemary (Houston, Texas) and either Creme de Colorado or Colorado Collage (Denver, Colorado). We have some nice ones from Milwaukee also, my favorite being An Occasion to Gather. There are so many good ones out there, and I'm sure SLC's are wonderful as well. I'd love to have them all!

  5. Susan, I've actually seen Stop and Smell the Rosemary at a friends house, it does look like a wonderful book. I'll have to look up An Occasion to Gather. Thanks for your comment. I bought one at a League sale several years ago just because I fell in love with the title, "Women Who Can Dish It Out, Lighter Side of the Ozarks".

  6. I couldn't believe it when I saw the photo of your Heritage Cookbook - I have it on my shelf (the 1975 edition - wow, that dates me!) I have used it to the point that the cover is almost unrecognizable. Thanks for the reminder, I got it out and flipped through the pages again! I love the look & feel of your fun site - I've followed for a long time.

  7. What a great idea! I've never seen these cookbooks, but now I'll be on the lookout for them. I'll have to submit one!

  8. Hi Cristie, for years I had the Nashville Junior League Cookbook that had been my mom's---published in 1965. It was very of-a-time, but had some good Southern recipes that we found worthwhile in catering. The book eventually came apart, was managed with rubberbands for a few years, and then got too messed up to continue...but was a workhorse for a long time. best of luck for Salt Lake's new one!!

  9. What a great post. Now I'm wishing I had those old Junior League cookbooks.


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