In our own Soul Shaking, we excavated a part of our family history that we would love to share with you! This cookbook was compiled to raise funds* for our dad’s liver transplant about 15 years ago. Using over 700 recipes collected from family, friends, and the best cooks we know, it’s the best kind of down-home, comfort food cookbook. As an added bonus, it’s full of the kind of silly jokes and anecdotes that would make our beloved Dad belly laugh.
All these years later, we still reach for this cookbook regularly. It’s likely to become one of the most tattered and splattered cookbooks in your kitchen, too!
Here’s the story of Cooks & Giggles…
In 1999, our father was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, contracted from a blood transfusion years before. Finally there was a name to the illness that had plagued him for so many years. However, the prognosis was grim: his liver was destroyed, and he needed a liver transplant. Given his age, the statistics were not promising, and he would probably not make the top of the list in time. Melody tenaciously looked for a better answer, and her efforts led to us learning about live donor liver transplants. The expenses associated with surgery and recovery were astounding; this cookbook was one of our efforts to help alleviate those costs. *This is a piece of that history, and no longer part of a fundraiser. The happy ending to that story is that our dear brother was able to donate half his liver, giving us another 15+ years and countless precious memories with Dad.