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Gamble Garden shares its recipes

Cookbook lets others make luncheon, tea favorites

Just in time for holiday shopping, Gamble Garden releases its first-ever cookbook, titled "Treasured Recipes." The cookbook includes recipes for dishes and treats from the nonprofit's monthly luncheons, afternoon teas and special events.

The Gamble Garden Cookbook Committee curated and organized this 23-year history of recipes, breaking them down into tea and luncheon menus, as well as seasonal selections. In total, cooks will have 32 savory and 24 sweet recipes to try.

"We started this labor of love at the beginning of the year," said Dana Perkins, committee member and Gamble Garden treasurer. "This is the premier of many of these recipes."

People regularly asked for the recipes of the luncheon dishes and tea treats, Perkins said. This led the Gamble Garden staff and volunteers to create a cookbook. From start to finish, committee members tested, adapted and revamped recipes to fit a family-sized serving, instead of an event-sized batch.

When it came time to decide the look of the book, the committee chose to work with Joan Tankersley, who volunteers at Gamble Garden, serves on the Floral Arrangers Committee and makes arrangements for special events. Her watercolor illustrations grace the cover and inside pages, with more than 30 throughout.

"When we first saw her paintings, we all just fell in love," Perkins said. "They were also the work of someone we know and a loyal volunteer — one of our own."

The cookbook can be purchased at the Gamble Garden office, 1431 Waverley St., until Dec. 18 or online. Each book costs $23, plus shipping if ordered online. All proceeds from cookbook sales go directly to Gamble Garden.

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