St. Chrys’ Table: Birth of a Community Cookbook

Book cover watercolor by Jonathan Boyer

Culinary Historians member Libbet Richter
will interview team members:
Jonathan Boyer, Isabel Carpenter, McLaurin Files, and Janet Russo

Birth of a Cookbook in Classic Chicago Magazine

During the first summer of COVID-19, the Women of St. Chrysostom’s (WOSC), a fellowship group at an Episcopal church on Chicago’s north side, talked about ways to connect and build community. Creating a cookbook was decided to be the ideal pursuit.

Although there were many excellent cooks in the group, the process of making a cookbook was challenging. Culinary Historians member Libbet Richter will interview members of the team about what it took to complete St. Chrys’ Table in the spring of 2021.

Making a cookbook creates connections at a time so many were isolated, but it also could raise money for the church’s various feeding ministries. St Chrysostom’s has for many years prepared monthly free dinners for people in need. During the pandemic, parishioners have also been packing lunches for distribution to other churches and shelters. This new project would support the Women of Saint Chrysostom’s (WOSC – the unifying group of all parish women) outreach activities.

For more information about this book, please email the church office at

St Chrys’ Table order form:
St. Chrys’ Church phone number: (312) 944-1083

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
7 p.m. Central Time

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