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Monday, November 28, 2011

Great cookbooks for the holidays: Arkansas cookbooks

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

COCONUT ORANGE BALLS:  In CARTIs Festivities, Too cookbook.
  • Kat Robinson
  • COCONUT ORANGE BALLS: In CARTI's Festivities, Too cookbook.
You can never have too many cookbooks. Even if you’re not much of a cook, the moment in time captured by a cookbook is just... well, priceless. I have way too many, I know — but that’s all right. They’re also a great idea for a holiday gift for anyone who loves food in your life.

I’ve been checking out a bunch of cookbooks the past few weeks, both from Arkansas and from wherevever. There are a lot to choose from this year... so I’ll be covering several over the next few days, along with the best way to order one for yourself or someone else. First up — local cookbooks, including the acclaimed Festivities, Too. Check them out, on the jump.

TOFFEE CRUNCH COOKIES:  From Festivities, Too.
I have to start out with the coolest local cookbook I’ve picked up this year — Festivities, Too from CARTI. This is a fabulous thick cookbook with recipes from all sorts of folks you know — including several of our First Ladies, Arkansas born and raised celebrities and great cooks from our state. More than 1100 recipes — and in a handy binder-style book, too. It’s $25 if you pick one up from any CARTI or Summit Bank location, or $30 if you order it online (the extra $5 covers postage). Best of all, Festivities, Too has been named as a Top 10 finalist in the Morris Press Cookbook Awards.

Another Arkansas cookbook has also been nominated in that Top 10. Feed My Sheep is a cookbook from Little Lambs Ministry out of Russellville. The cookbook contains more than a thousand recipes from families and members of the community. It's $20 (plus $8 shipping and handling) and can be ordered here.

Did you go to Soup Sunday this year? Miss out on the cookbook? There are more than 60 different soup recipes from Arkansas chefs in the special cookbook, and you can still pick up one for $10 ($13 to have it shipped). Want one? Contact Nancy Leonhardt with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families at (501) 371-9678 or by email at

Think that’s specialized? How about a cookbook on snow geese? No kidding — you can get your Snow Geese Cookbook from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for $7. You can drop by an AGFC office or order one by calling (501) 223-6351.

Like chocolate? The Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers Festival Cookbook came out this year. It's packed with 504 great chocolate-related recipes and benefits Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs. It's $15; to order it, call (888) 465-4753.

There's also the Arkansas State Fair cookbook, which includes winning entries from the past couple of years... from the First Lady Pie competition, the Farm Bureau Rice Cook-Off, competitions involving SPAM and Karo Syrup and all sorts of other foods. Cookbooks are $25 and can be obtained through this website.

Want to help out the Arkansas Foodbank Network? First Security is offering What's Cookin' at First Security, a cookbook with over 2000 recipes from the bank's staff and customers. You can pick up a copy at any of the bank's locations for $16 — $30 for two — and every copy sold will provide 18 meals for hungry Arkansans.

How about a cookbook from a place you love to visit? Many of the state's bed and breakfasts offer cookbooks. For instance, there's Bartee Meadow. The Hot Springs B&B's cookbook contains 250 recipes, everything from Spitfire Onion Rings to Black-Eye Pea Cornbread. It's $14.95, plus shipping and handling... more information here. There's also Inn For All Seasons, a collection of 130 recipes from several Arkansas bed and breakfast establishments. Check it out here.

Mary Twedt of has put out the Twedt Family Cookbook — with recipes and photos from her family. It's also an easy online order — at $12 plus $2 for shipping and handling. Here's the link.

There are a lot of great little cookbooks (along with all the other great products) at War Eagle Mill. The cookbook list can be found here.

There's also the cookbook of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas. Add Another Place Setting is a beautifully bound book featuring more than 200 recipes and sidebars detailing the history and growth of the area. It's $26.95 and you can order it here.

You can get a prescription for good cooking with the UAMS offering, Culinary Prescriptions: From Textbook to Cookbook. Here's a recipe... call (501) 686-5374 or send an email to find out how to obtain a copy.

Of course you can always head over to AETN's website and pick up a couple of cookbooks from the ever popular Arkansas Outdoors program. Though Phyllis and John aren't currently producing new shows, their cookbooks are classics.

And one more for ya... though it's not an Arkansas cookbook per se, it does raise money for an Arkansas organization. Southern Living's Christmas Cookbook is on sale at Dillard's in Little Rock and North Little Rock — the funds raised go to the Ronald McDonald House here in Little Rock. Last year cookbook sales raised $70,000 in this fundraiser just for the Little Rock chapter. It's just $10.

Have a cookbook you’d like to recommend to folks for the holidays? Drop me an email at I’ll be sharing more cookbooks to pick up throughout the week, along with some great recipes.

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