New cookbooks mix food, history


Two new community cookbooks are offering a glimpse into Sandpoint kitchens.

The Community Assistance League and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Sandpoint have new cookbooks that offer a bit of local history and a whole lot of recipes.

“Savoring Sandpoint: Recipes From Across the Long Bridge” is the culmination of many hours of work for the Community Assistance League volunteers, says Elaine Linscott.

“We worked about four years on that project and we double tested each of the recipes so that we know that they’re accurate,” she says.

“The neat thing about the cookbook is that they aren’t run-of-the-mill recipes. It’s full of very gourmet and wonderful recipes.”

Along with recipes submitted by residents, the cookbook includes historic and contemporary photos from photographer and doctor Foster Cline, the family collections of Walter Burt and Jim Parsons Jr., historian Robert Gunter, the Bonner County Historical Society and others.

Money raised by cookbook sales will be used to further the Community Assistance League’s scholarship program.

Last year, the nonprofit group gave more than $85,000 in scholarships and grants to Bonner County students and organizations, Linscott says.

The book can be purchased for $25 at the Bizarre Bazaar store at 105 Vermeer Drive in Ponderay, Idaho.

Books can also be ordered by sending a check for $25, plus $5 for shipping to Community Assistance League, P.O. Box 1361, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

St. Joseph Catholic Church celebrated its centennial year with a cookbook filled with more than 750 recipes from 240 past and current church members.

The “Centennial Cookbook” also includes some historical tidbits from the area’s Catholic community. The project was dedicated to the memory of St. Joseph’s first pastor, James F. Kelly, who first traveled to Sandpoint in 1902 to offer Mass in the homes of area Catholics. In 1907, he oversaw the construction of the brick church at Sixth and Oak that still houses the congregation.

Proceeds from the cookbook will help the church pay for a new building, which is under construction on the west end of Sandpoint. The new church is expected to be finished in late summer, with the first services held there in the fall.

The book is $20 and may be purchased at the church office, 621 Oak Street, Sandpoint. Books can also be mail-ordered by sending a check for $24 per book (which includes $4 shipping) to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, ATTN: Cookbooks, P.O. Box 279, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

For more information, call the church at (208) 263-3720.

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