Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Inspiration for this cookbook came from UMD and CSS students and staff.  This inspiration can be represented best through the story of stone soup.

An Old Tale Retold: Stone Soup Story

Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

Adapted from "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown, Atheneum Books, (c) 1975 by Marcia Brown

The moral of the story is everyone can contribute something and by working together towards a common goal a greater good can be achieved.  This is the thought behind this cookbook.  We are cooking for a cause and all of the students and staff that have contributed and purchase this cookbook will help the cause.  The cause is dorm good food.  Food that provides nourishment and fits into the hectic life of college students from their first year to their fifth year and beyond!