Last updated: August 27. 2013 1:49PM - 1084 Views
Lucas Vance Staff Writer

Terry Vickers, left, Phyllis Gutierrez, Tina Johnson and Denise Jones welcomed patrons for the debut of the Fairfield County Cookbook.
Terry Vickers, left, Phyllis Gutierrez, Tina Johnson and Denise Jones welcomed patrons for the debut of the Fairfield County Cookbook.
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WINNSBORO — Honeysuckle Acres Bed-n-Breakfast hosted a reception this past weekend for the debut of the Fairfield County Cookbook. Attendees were able to pick up their pre-ordered copies or buy one for $25.

The Fairfield County Cookbook contains 635 recipes, which more than doubled the initial goal of 300 recipes. It contains 100 vintage recipes from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Denise Jones, chair of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, helped devise a plan that would bring people together and help raise money for the Chamber of Commerce.

“From what I understand there has never been a cookbook for Fairfield County,” Jones stated. “So I though we could bring a little history together from all over the county.”

As part of the process, some folks shared their vintage cookbooks including Phyllis Gutierrez, Brenda Miller, Mary Gail Douglas, Norma Branham and Linda Haslett just to name a few.

Jones said the oldest cookbook they received was 46 years old, and they went through them all and took out several recipes that either looked interesting or were recognizable.

“Going back through those old cookbooks was really fun,” Jones stated. “So there is some history in the Fairfield County Cookbook as well as recipes from now.”

The chamber reserved one for history, and asked the recipe owners to sign over their recipes so that it will be remembered for years to come.

“The cookbook was a fun project and hopefully people will enjoy it,” Jones said. “And as southerners we like to eat, so what better way to bring people together than with a cookbook. We hope that people will cherish the recipes and try out new ones as well.”

At the end of the reception, attendees taste-tested many of the deserts including strawberry delight, the best brownie bar and a coconut dream.

The cookbook is a fundraiser for the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce and the funds will pay for additional training, for advertising and for tourism promotion in the county.

“Hopefully we will be able to do some great things with the money we raise,” Jones said.

If you missed out pre-ordering your copy, you can still purchase the first Fairfield County Cookbook for $25. Call the chamber at 635-4242 for more information.

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