An awesome cookbook of local recipes. My famous catfish chowder recipe is even in there! Several years ago, Downtown Franklin Association Promotions Chairs Pam Ellis and Beverly Myers had the idea of publishing a cookbook as a fundraiser for the DFA. They started collecting recipes from the downtown business folks, but soon realized they did not have enough recipes to fill a book… so, the project was put on a back burner. This year, as a member of the Franklin 50 Team, Nancy Parrish saw the opportunity to revitalize this project in the form of a historical cookbook. It was a rather brisk project to complete in just under four months, but she and a committee took on the task. Letters were sent out on June 1 to area businesses, churches, and organizations asking them to share the history of their particular group as well as some of their favorite recipes. The response was slow at first, but following some prompting, the results have been great! The book includes a welcome letter from the mayor, special remarks from recent newcomers to the area, an introduction from the cookbook committee, the history of over 30 area groups… as well as almost 700 mouth-watering recipes that are favorites from some of our most prominent citizens. The recipes come from old and young alike, and even include some from those who have gone on before us. The color photo on the cover is from a recent Christmas parade, while there is a black and white photo on the back cover taken of Downtown Franklin in December 1961. You will definitely want to add this book to your collection… and, don’t forget they will make wonderful Christmas gifts for family and friends both near and far. They are available at the Downtown Franklin Association office, located at 120 N Main Street, for only $20 per book. For more information, call Jeri Lankford at 562-6900.