This holiday season, consider gifting The Cookbook by DMagazine to friends. It’s a fantastic culmination of recipes from Dallas’ most beloved chefs. If in the future you wondered what was happening in the Dallas’ culinary scene in 2013, this would be your culinary time capsule. There are recipes from this year’s newest star, Matt McCallister (FT33) to veterans like Dean Fearing (Fearing’s restaurant). 2013 also marks the year of great ethnic newcomers like Mot Hai Ba and Pakpao. And to top it off, our local chefs haven’t been stingy with their recipe choices.Want to know how to make Abacus’ signature Lobster Shooters? Done! What about The Grape’s famous Mushroom Soup? Brian Luscher has thrown it in the bag. The list goes on but wait… there’s more!
A portion of the proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum, an organisation that helps rehabilitate juvenile offenders at the Dallas County Youth Village (DCTV) by training them in the culinary arts in a pre-release program. Upon release, Cafe Momentum helps them find a job in the restaurant industry (for those who want them). It’s an ambitious plan and not without it’s challenges as these boys whose family lives are wrought with drugs and crime have their odds stacked against them. Founded by co-owners of Parigi restaurant, Janice Provost and Chad Houser, Cafe Momentum has been holding monthly pop up dinners to raise funds for a permanent space in the future. Houser has since left Parigi (with Provost’s blessings and support) and is now Executive Director full time at Cafe Momentum.
So The Cookbook is more than just a cookbook. It’s a project that’s come to fruition because of Dallas’ community’s love of the food, passion for cooking and the magic of our local Dallas chefs. We’d love to hear which was your favorite recipe, please tell us in the comments below!
(This post is dedicated to my friend Tiffany who celebrated her birthday this month and was one of IttyBittyFoodies’ first supporters. I hope you’re enjoying your copy of D: The Cookbook)
Till our next Happy Meal!
Cheryl Collett is a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates and IttyBittyFoodies chronicles their yummy adventures. For recipes ideas, look under HomeMade or check out the best kid friendly places under Restaurant Reviews and best kid foodie items at Product Reviews. Get the latest updates if you Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ittybittyfoodie