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Tables of Contents Cookbook
Photograph: Moriah Rodriguez

This new community cookbook benefits NY emergency food relief efforts

All recipes are inspired by works of literature.

Written by
Anna Rahmanan

Tables of Contents is worth paying attention to: founded back in 2012 by chef Evan Hanczor—of Williamsburg's Egg fame—the organization "uses food as an entry point for experiencing books, music, art and culture." In a nutshell: all foodies should have the collective on their radar.

The group organizes awesome literary dinners inspired by entire books, monthly tasting collaborations, a "monthly-ish" digital magazine called A Winning Cake and custom events, among projects.

Now, the organization is expanding its wings while trying to help those in need by publishing a new cookbook called Tables of Contents Community Cookbook, a collection of recipes from "the home kitchens of 36 contemporary poets, essayists and fiction writers. All profits from the book's sale will support the ongoing food relief work of Food Issues Group in New York City, a local emergency food relief program.

Expect to leaf through recipes by the likes of Emma Straub, Nicky Flynn, Leanne Shapton, Idra Novey, Tommy Pico, Alexander Chee and Naima Coster, among others. The latter's take on Colombian changua surely tickles our fancy, alongside Abbigail Rosewood's Vietnamese braised pork belly with eggs and Helen Phillips' grapenut custard from Maine.

The cookbook is beautiful to page through and being able to give back while trying our hand at some exciting new recipes is the proverbial cherry on the cake.

You can order the tome for $35 right here. While waiting to receive it, do expect an "appetizer-sized" PDF of a handful of recipes to land in your inbox—just "to tide you over until your physical copies arrive," reads the organization's official website.

See y'all in the kitchen.

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