Member blog post: Contribute to a JAWS cookbook

Happy hours. Potlucks. Camp buffets. With food and drink, members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) celebrate steps big and small.

That’s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook – a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.

We’ll need your help. The key ingredient is a good tale to introduce a favorite recipe: maybe about some taste that’s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that you’ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.

We’ll also feature a few stories/recipes involving earlier journalists who’ve brought honor to our craft, from muckraker Ida Tarbell to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to food writer Clementine Paddleford to “first lady of the black press” Ethel Payne.

As for the recipe(s), we’ll follow conventions:

  • Credit the recipe source if the dish/drink isn’t your own creation. Provide a cookbook title and author (and date, if possible), a website name and link, etc.
  • List measurements for U.S. cooks, using teaspoons, cups and pounds instead of grams or liters.
  • Give steps detailed enough for someone else to successfully replicate the concoction you remember. Cooks don’t want to waste precious time or ingredients.

Here’s a sample from the JAWS website. Here’s another example.

This is a collective effort. Please contact project directors Carol Guensburg and Jane Marshall if you’d like to help with editing, copy editing, recipe testing, photography, illustration or design.

We’d like contributions by Friday, June 26! Send Carol and Jane with your submissions and photos. Now get cooking!

Editor’s note 5/21/15: Contributions deadline has been extended