New Star-Studded Digital Cookbook Supports Coronavirus Relief Fund for Restaurant Workers
Announced this week by Penguin Random House, Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community, is a digital-only cookbook with over 40 recipes from big-name chefs and food industry professionals. All proceeds will benefit the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund set up by the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which provides direct relief to workers, supports non-profits doing on-the-ground work, and has established a zero-interest, no-collateral loan program to help keep restaurants on their feet amid the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has left the industry in crisis, forcing restaurants all over the country to close, causing mass layoffs.
“My hope is that though the impact of this virus has brought about devastating loss, it has helped more and more people come to realize just how vital the restaurant industry is to our lives,” John deBary, co-founder of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and former bartender, wrote in the book's foreword. “If there’s any silver lining to this tragedy, it’s that we now have the opportunity to work together to rebuild the restaurant industry to be safer, healthier, and more equitable.”
In addition to recipes from Nosrat, Garten, Onwauchi, and Roman, and a punch recipe from deBary, other contributors include Eric Ripert, Hugh Acheson, Dominique Crenn, Danny Trejo, Ruth Reichl, and a few Bon Appétit editors. Readers will find recipes for dishes like “My Perfect Breakfast" (Roman), Ligurian Focaccia (Nosrat), and Miso Milk Bar Pie (Christina Tosi), among many others.
Family Meal will be on sale electronically on May 5 for $5.99 and is currently available to pre-order via PRH’s website, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. In the meantime, several other spring cookbooks have been rolling out over March and April, including The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook, Dimes Times, and Dinner in French from Melissa Clark—check out our roundup to see what else you can add to your shelves.