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Cookbook will help fund new library

March 02, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Last summer, Shirley Metz was looking for a way to combine her love of the culinary arts with a desire to do whatever she could to make a new Boonsboro library a reality.

As a member of Friends for a New Boonsboro Library, Metz suggested the group compile a cookbook of recipes contributed by area residents and restaurants. The idea was a hit, and after a lot of work by a lot of people the cookbook is nearly ready for sale.

"There will be about 300 recipes in the hardcover book," said Christine Hawkins, Boonsboro librarian.

In mid-February, Hawkins' daughter, Andrea, was in the final stages of typing the cookbook. It was expected to be available for purchase by the middle of April.

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Metz contributed a number of her favorite recipes to the book and was eagerly awaiting its publication.

"I was determined this cookbook was going to fly," she said.

About 115 contributors submitted recipes for the book. While most were individuals, some local restaurant favorites are included.

South Mountain Inn, Asaro's, Ol' Town Sweets and the Old National Pike Grille and Pub have entries in the book, said Janeen Solberg, a member of Friends for a New Boonsboro Library.

Among the more "famous" people with recipes in the book are Boonsboro historian Doug Bast and best-selling author Nora Roberts, who lives in nearby Keedysville.

A copy of the recipe book is expected to cost about $10. When the books arrive, they will be available at a number of locations including the existing library, which shares space with Boonsboro Town Hall at 19 N. Main St., and at Turn the Page Bookstore, which is across the street at 18 N. Main St.

Morris Press Cookbooks Inc. of Nebraska is handling the printing, Harris said. In addition to the recipes, the book will include dividers between food categories, four personal pages, some helpful hints, and acknowledgments.

"In some cases, I called people who submitted recipes to add some details on how to make the dish," Hawkins said.

Mae Kumsher will have about 10 recipes in the book, including one she calls Grandma's Casserole, a favorite from childhood.

Solberg's salsa recipe is also in the book.

Also still available are tote bags, which are selling for $10 and are available at the library and Turn The Page Bookstore.

The tote bags and the cookbooks will be sold during the Boonsboro Ambulance Co.'s annual nine-day carnival, from May 28 to June 5 in Shafer Park, said Debby Fiola, a library supporter.

During the week of Feb. 11, more than 8,500 brochures were mailed out seeking donations in an effort to reach the goal of $1.2 million. Hawkins said that within the first week generous responses had begun coming in.

As of mid-February, more than $850,000 had been committed to the building, which will be on Md. 34 across from King Road. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2005.

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