Putting together a cookbook can be hard work. Frances Cope, a committee chair for the Fortnightly Club, has been working on it on and off for two years.
“We have about 20 interest groups that get together at meetings and somebody always brings food. Every time, someone would say ‘I’d like to have the recipe for that!’ so I thought a cookbook would be a good idea,” Cope said.
The Fortnightly Club is a club for female faculty and wives of faculty at MU. It was established in 1892 as a means of bringing people together and this will be the club’s first cookbook. It is going to be comprised of recipes by Fortnightly members, although they may submit recipes from relatives and friends as well.
“The cookbook will have around 300 recipes in it. They will be divided into 12 categories like soups, sandwiches, cake and entrees. We wanted to have colored plates at the beginning of each different category so that limited us in the number of categories we could have because color printing can get very expensive,” Cope said.
In order to make sure all the recipes are correct, volunteers in the group have signed up to taste some of them and other groups are editing the recipes for mistakes such as spelling errors.
“All of the recipes we receive will be published in the book. If one person doesn’t like them, then the next person will,” Cope said.
The cookbook, named “Fortnightly Favorites,” will be published in the fall. It is expected to be available through the Missouri Book Store and Amazon.com among other places.
Proceeds from the cookbook will go to the Fortnightly Scholarship Fund. The fund is based solely on need. Candidates are recommended by any department of MU and selected by committee members.
The cookbook will be available in a regular binder form and also on a CD.