JLB Publishes Boston Uncommon Cookbook (10/26/06)

Susie Istock
26 October 2006


The Junior League of Boston Publishes Boston UncommonCookbook Featuring Recipes from Some of Boston’s Top Chefs

First JLB cookbook in 25 years includes over 200 kitchen-tested recipes gathered from members and chefs of some of Boston’s historic restaurants

Boston, MA, October 26, 2006 – The Junior League of Boston announces the publication of its first cookbook in 25 years: Boston Uncommon: A Culinary Journey Through Boston’s Distinctive Neighborhoods. Now on sale, the full-color hardback cookbook includes 224 pages of local recipes, photographs and short essays about Boston’s historic neighborhoods.

Junior League of Boston (JLB) members spent four years gathering and testing hundreds of recipes to select those that they felt best represented Boston’s history and diversity. “We wanted to have a high quality cookbook and are very proud to have published such a unique book” said Karen Roth LoRusso, Boston Uncommon chair. To make the cookbook even more “uncommonly” Boston, the editors included interesting facts (such as “In 1950 the Boston Celtics made history by drafting Charles “Chuck” Cooper, the first African-American player in professional basketball”) as well as chef’s notes on most pages.

Since 1943 when the Junior League of Minneapolis published the first Junior League Cookbook, a handwritten compilation that raised $3,000, cookbooks have been an important source of fund raising for the League. Boston Uncommon follows in that tradition, joining nearly 200 other League cookbooks in print.

“We’re thrilled that so many local chefs partnered to help us make the book so very special and “uniquely New England”, said Kirby Lunger, President of the Junior League of Boston. “We’re very thankful for our corporate sponsors who helped make it possible to publish the book during our Centennial year.” The Boston League received major support from local companies Dunkin’ Brands and the Boston Beer Company.  “Boston Uncommon is an important product for the Junior League of Boston; all proceeds will allow us to further our mission; supporting hundreds of women and children through our direct community service programs and providing training and development for our volunteers.”

Boston Uncommon can be purchased online at www.jlboston.org and is also on sale at specialty bookstores around greater Boston. All proceeds from sales of Boston Uncommon will support the Junior League of Boston’s mission and 18 community service programs in the greater Boston area.

About The Junior League of Boston

The Junior League of Boston is an organization of 1,200 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, please visit our web site at www.jlboston.org.

The Junior League of Boston joins 293 Leagues across the world to form the Association of Junior Leagues International.These Leagues have nearly 170,000 members in Canada,Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, the represent one of the largest international volunteer organizations for women interested in making a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit the web site www.ajli.org.