blog aid: recipes for haiti

Before I go on about some important news, I just want to thank everyone for commenting on my last post. I have never been more touched to receive such beautiful condolences, personal stories and affecting emails. The kindness and generosity that you’ve shown has really made an impression on me. Who knew just writing about what goes on in my kitchen could inspire such compassion and goodness. It all sounds like platitudes, but I really don’t know what to say but thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your words, thank you for sharing your own loss. Knowing that I’m not alone does wonders for the spirit. Thank you.

When the Haiti disaster struck I was in the hospital (the top photo was the view from my mom’s hospital room). My husband recounted to me the news and I felt shock and such sadness for the people of Haiti. I also felt helpless. I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, the wonderful Julie of Dinners with Julie had an idea. She enlisted some truly fabulous writers, chefs and bloggers (I’m lucky to be in their company) to create a cookbook and got the whole shebang done in under 3 weeks. A full colour cookbook available in both hard cover ($50 USD) and soft cover ($25 USD). Seriously, you can read about all her hard work here.

But the gist of the thing is that Julie partnered up with some talented folks with 100% of the book’s proceeds going to Haiti via Doctors without Borders. What’s more is that both the production company and the printer are matching the dollars raised to TRIPLE the amount of money going to Haiti. Add to that, until February 12th, the Canadian government will match that amount. There’s the potential for a lot of money to be raised for the Haitian people.

I bought my copy this morning and it will be printed on demand and shipped to my doorstep in about 8 days. Go to Blurb and take a peek at the book…the preview is gorgeous! I can’t wait for my copy to arrive. For more information and a full list of contributors, check out the Blog Aid blog.

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18 comments to “blog aid: recipes for haiti”

  1. 1
    Cheryl Arkison   February 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    So pleased to be a part of this with you. Bright lights in gloomy days.

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    jenelisebeth   February 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, what an amazing collaboration!

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    la ninja   February 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    just ordered it.

    great initiative, so cool of you lot. another fab one is http://www.etsy.com/shop/crafthope by http://crafthope.com/ I heard from another creative bloggie lass.

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    Bijoux   February 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Wow!! I'm so amazed by this collaborative project! And despite my current unemployed status, I will bite the bullet and get this cookbook because it is so worth it!!

    p.s. Something purty's coming your way ;)

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    Allison   February 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What a great idea!

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    K   February 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    The book looks really lovely – I've sent in an order for one. (Though maybe the last thing I need is more cookbooks.)(Oh, who am I kidding – how can I have enough?)

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    Elizabeth B   February 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    How wonderful! Good for you and the other authors for finding a special way to contribute.

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    Anne   February 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats on being included, you certainly deserve it. I've just placed my order, it's exactly what my PayPal balance is for :)

    PS As a fellow Vancouverite, I love reading your blog and trying your recipes.

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    Joanne   February 5, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for letting us know! Congrats on being enlisted to take part. I am off to go purchase a copy :D Anything I can do to help.

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    dynagrrl   February 5, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I ordered it and linked to it on my blog (hope that's okay)…

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    kickpleat   February 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Thanks Cheryl, I'm so happy about it and so happy to connect with bloggers like you!

    Jen, indeed!

    Thanks Anne for placing an order! Thanks :)

    Awesome, La Ninja! I'll check out the etsy link too.

    Hooray Bijoux, hope you are coping well with your unemployed status! But thanks for purchasing the cookbook and oh, boy I'm excited about checking mail. Thanks so much for your kindness!

    Yup, Allison, it was a great idea that keeps giving!

    Thanks K! Nope, no such thing as too many cookbooks.

    Thanks Elizabeth!

    Yay Joanne for getting a copy!

    Dynagrrl, definitely spread the word! Thanks so much.

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    Carrie   February 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

    What a great idea! I'm definitely ordering a copy, especially knowing the proceeds will be matched several times over. I'll have to spread the word about this!

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    Sarah   February 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Its belated but I just saw your recent posts. So sorry for your loss… The cookbook looks neat!

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    Dana McCauley   February 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Glad to be part of the Blog Aid cookbook with you. Also looking forward to browsing around here and getting your know more about you and your blog.

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    Abby Creek Art   February 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

    What a great idea…hope it raises tons of money for the beautiful people of Haiti.

    I just read your post about your mom and I'm so sorry for your loss. It really touched me because I'm dealing with my own Mom's illness right now. Thanks for sharing your deepest thoughts and your sorrow. It helps more than you know.

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    Lo   February 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Awesome! Definitely going to be ordering one.

    And, although I missed your last post (until today) — I think it's wonderful that you shared so much with us about your dear mom. I know that the loss doesn't stop after a day or two, though — so know that my thoughts are with you. She did a good thing by raising someone like you who puts so much out into the world. And you honor her memory every day. By simply being. *hug*

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    kickpleat   February 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Carrie, please do spread the word! It's such a great book and a wonderful opportunity to give.

    Thanks so much, Sarah.

    Thanks Dana, likewise most definitely!

    AbbyCreek, glad I could help. I'm really surprised at how many people have reacted so positively. I wish nothing but brave and warm thoughts for your own mom.

    Lo thanks so much.

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    Gwendolyn Cairns   November 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    thats an incredible photo

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