Woman’s Club launches new cookbook

ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Woman’s Club is releasing a new cookbook, ‘The Flavor of Lemon Bay,’ filled with 400 recipes compiled by club members and their families.

A year in the making, the 172-page cookbook includes such offerings as Jan Findley’s brocco-salad, Don Miller’s fat-burning turkey glop and redneck caviar.

Longtime member Virginia Parry is the head of the cookbook committee. The club published another cookbook more than a decade ago, she said.

‘The membership has changed so much,’ Parry said. ‘There are still a lot of us, the older members, but there were a lot of us who weren’t here then and the book is no longer in print. A lot of our members never even saw the old book. I never did until we started on this project. We just thought (we’d add) ‘new recipes’ for people who have the old book.’

The cookbook contains a wide variety of recipes, including salads, entrees, desserts, and appetizers.

‘It’s pretty inclusive, I think,’ said Julia Gervais, publicity chairwoman of the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club. ‘There’s a vegetarian section. I think people in the community will really enjoy it. It’s part of the history of our community as well, our own residents.’

The Lemon Bay Woman’s Club was founded in 1918 and is Englewood’s oldest service organization, according to historian Diana Harris. The clubhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cookbook contains tips on how to cook certain food properly like fruits and vegetables. It also has a glossary of cooking terms, measurements, and substitutions. The book is filled with multiple guides to serve as a reference tool for chefs and provide some guidance for novices like folding napkins, counting calories, pantry basics, herbs and spices.

Parry said she was hoping for 300 recipe submissions but got 400 and worried the book would be bulky.

Her wish was that it would be fun to look at and still have enough recipes to be interesting and diverse.

‘I just kind of volunteered to try it out and see if we can collect enough recipes to make it worthwhile and it kind of snowballed,’ she said.

The cookbook will be for sale Monday at the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club booth at the Pioneer Days Parade Festival. Members plan to prepare a few recipes and give tastes at the booth.

They will also raffle off quilts.

The book will be for sale at the clubhouse at 51 N. Maple St. in Englewood. It costs $10 and proceeds will fund a scholarship for Lemon Bay High School students as well as upkeep for the club facility.

‘I think it’s a great souvenir of Englewood,’ Parry said. ‘I would like to get knowledge of it out there for the rest of the community, maybe something to take home or a Christmas gift. It’s very Englewood-y.’

The book is published by Morris Press Cookbooks of Kearney, Neb.

Call 941-474-9762.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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