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Plymouth Congregation's Cookbook to Help Belmont and Surrounding Towns' Food Pantries

"Community Helpings Cookbook" proceeds will benefit food outreach programs in Belmont, Arlington, Watertown and Waltham.

Belmont Board of Selectmen's Chair Mark Paolillo and Town Clerk Ellen Cushman  are known for their roles in running town government.

Next week, their fellow residents will get to know about their roles in the kitchen.

For the past three months, Plymouth Congregational Church at 582 Pleasant St. has been gathering recipes from church members, area chefs and community leaders like Paolillo ("Mom's Famous 'Gravy'") and Cushman (Curried Squash and Apple Soup) to produce a cookbook that will benefit food pantries in the communities of Belmont, Arlington, Waltham and Watertown.  

The 190-page book features 125 recipes and is priced at $15. All proceeds in excess of production costs will be divided among food pantries in the four towns. With its first press run, the church plans to raise $2,750.  

Readers will enjoy recipes from several familiar faces in each town, including food pantry volunteers, area clergy, community farms, school teachers, police and firefighters, community leaders, and area chefs such as Belmont's Tom Cutrone of Savino’s and Teddy Piandes of Teddys Kitchen, Paul Turano at Tryst in Arlington, Jeff Pond of Area Four in Cambridge, and Bryan Roof of America’s Test Kitchen.  

"Children learn from a young age to look for community helpers when they need help," said the editors on deciding on the book’s name.  

"We wanted to highlight helpers in our community and expand the reach of our cookbook beyond our membership. As you offer helpings of these foods to your families and friends, we can feed people in need in our communities.”

The book is available for sale at the Plymouth Church Christmas Fair on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and thereafter in the church office. Copies will also be available at Artefact Home/Garden, 1000 Pleasant St., Belmont and other area locations. 

See the church’s website at www.plymouthchurch.net for more information, or call 617-484-5257.

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