North Carolina chefs contribute to flood relief efforts

When Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas in the southeastern US, videos and news reports depicted the devastation that the storm wrought on the coastal communities directly in the path of the hurricane. Inland areas were also affected by the flooding that resulted from the record amounts of rain that poured down nonstop for days following the storm, but they did not receive as much attention from the press. What’s worse, many of the inland residents did not have flood insurance, because they lived in areas that were not usually affected to this extent by hurricanes. Many people lost everything in the floods. 

As Country As Cornbread cookbook

That’s where North Carolina chefs, including Vivian Howard, come into the picture. Howard raised funds for the relief and rebuilding effort by selling a limited edition tee shirt on her site. The tee shirt reads “As Country as Cornbread.” Building on the success of that fundraiser, Jamie Holcomb, Lynn Wells, and Jenni Field of the North Carolina Chapter of  Les Dames d’Escoffier International teamed up with additional chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers around the Carolinas for another project – an eCookbook also called As Country As Cornbread.

Contributors include respected southern chefs like Nathalie Dupree, who provided  a recipe for Lacy Corn Fritters, and Sandra Gutierrez, who gave the project her spin on Frijoles Borrachos. In all, 19 people provided 21 different recipes for the eCookbook, which can be purchased for $14.95. Proceeds from the book will go to the North Carolina Community Foundationa statewide community foundation begun in 1988.

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  • pwsnook  on  November 8, 2018

    I purchased the book online and thought I could download it to my kindle. Instead, I had to download to my laptop. Unfortunately, it had a virus and my laptop blocked it from downloading. Only one download is allowed, so I can no longer retrieve the book. There is no contact number or email on the order page to notify the seller of the problem. Has anyone else had this problem and/or know how to contact the seller?

  • babyfork  on  November 8, 2018

    I also purchased the ecookbook. Will it be added to the EYB database and indexed? Right now when I search for it, it doesn't show up. I am a Mac user and was able to download and view it, not sure about the virus the other member mentioned, but I hope everything is okay!

  • Jenny  on  November 8, 2018

    Pwsnook – babyfork – I just check with one of the founders – there have been no issues with viruses at all – dozens of people have downloaded – your firewall must have extra security – email Jenni Field at and she will get you a copy.

    We will also see about getting a copy to index.

  • pwsnook  on  November 10, 2018

    Thank you, Jenny. I will do that.

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