The Delicious New Chapters cookbook giveaway and pick-up party for wildfire victims is this Sunday, April 8 – it’s a chance for people who lost cookbooks in the October fires to restock their collections from thousands of donated cookbooks.
More than 5,000 homes in Sonoma and Napa counties burned down last October. Fire survivors from Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Santa Barbara counties will all be welcomed to select cookbooks on Sunday.
The cookbook drive started when Sonoma resident Sondra Bernstein, owner of the Girl & the Fig, got the bright idea to replenish fire victims’ lost or damaged cookbooks.
At a cooking class earlier this year, Bernstein overheard four Sonoma Valley residents – including Supervisor Susan Gorin – talking about losing their homes and their cookbook collections.
That was the inspiration for the cookbook drive, and soon Bernstein – along with Sign of the Bear owner Laura Havlek, and this writer – reached out to individuals, cookbook authors, publishers and chefs. Books were collected at such locations as Sign of the Bear, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Girl & The Fig, the Rhône Room, Suite D, Healdsburg Shed, The Napa Visitors Bureau, Rancho Gordo in Napa, Ramekins Culinary Center, Franchetti’s in Santa Rosa, Relish Catering in Healdsburg, Tips Roadside in Kenwood and other locations.
Thousands of cookbooks came pouring in to help rebuild kitchens. Bernstein will even store fire victims’ new collections of cookbooks at her warehouse until folks are settled.
Fire victims will be welcomed to replenish their cookbook collections from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 8 at 1206 E. MacArthur St. #3. Deliciousnewchapters.org.