Compiled by Jon Gilman and Christopher Idone, in celebration of more than 30 years of service, comes God's Love We Deliver Cookbook: Nourishing Stories and Recipes from Notable Friends, packed with family recipes and personal anecdotes from 75 supporters of this NYC non-profit fixture. Born of the idea that the sharing or preparing of a meal is among the greatest acts of love, this intimate and exquisitely photographed compilation reaffirms and reminds us that many of our most precious and cherished moments occur around the dinner table and in the kitchen. From Jennifer Hudson's Feta-Stuffed Chicken Burgers to Ina Garten's Roast Turkey and Michael Kors' pineapple Upside Down cake, each contribution offers a glimpse into the home of the recipe-giver and is certain to inspire the marking of new memories.
From favorite childhood meals that comfort and soothe to dishes that lift us to new heights of gustatory pleasure or commemorate tender and joyful milestones, every delicious recipe included in this collection has a meaningful story to tell. And while every recipe tastes good, every cookbook does good -- the proceeds from all sales of this first-ever cookbook from God's Love We Deliver goes to support their important mission.
Jon has served on the Board of God's Love We Deliver for ten years and is co-chair of the Development Committee, which oversees all fundraising events. Originally from Seattle, Jon graduated from the California Culinary Academy and moved to New York in 1982 to begin his career as a chef. By 1985 he had launched Taste Caterers, which became one of the most innovative and sought-after catering firms in Manhattan. After 28 successful years, Jon sold the company in 2005 and now devotes his time to his philanthropic efforts. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor with his husband, Brad.
Christopher was the co-founder of the New York catering company Glorious Food and author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including Glorious Food (1982), Glorious American Food (1985), Salad Days (1989), Cooking Caribe (1992), Lemons (1993), and Apples (1993). In the mid-1990s, Idone fell in love with the country of Brazil and the result was Brazil: A Cook’s Tour, which went on to reprint more than 11 times. Remarking on Glorious American Food, James beard once wrote, “It is rare that one finds a book on food that epitomizes both luxury and well-tailored simplicity and it’s a mark of Christopher Idone’s brilliance that he encompasses both.”
Ina is the host of the emmy award-winning Barefoot Contessa television show on Food network and a New York Times best selling author. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey.