Digital cookbooks have been slow to make inroads with home cooks, but the Berkeley County Clemson Extension Service is taking advantage of the format to produce an online recipe collection that users can access for free.
The community cookbook is being produced in conjunction with the Cooperative Extension program's 100th anniversary.
According to recent reports from Entrepreneur magazine and Digital Book World, e-cookbook sales have lagged in comparison to sales of novels and non-fiction. But certain non-print cookbooks have attracted significant audiences, such as a 1920s overview of British desserts. Durham's Herald-Sun reported that "Be-Ro Home Recipes: Scones, Cakes, Pastry, Puddings" has racked up 18,447 view since Duke University put it online in 2010, making it the most popular item in the school's digital collection.
"(This) cookbook will be designed so that it can be utilized cost-free to our community," a Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service release explains.
The service is now soliciting contributions from "all former and current Extension volunteers, 4-H members (past and present), farmers, EFNEP clients, and Extension employees."
Recipes should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Berkeley County Clemson Extension Service, 3014 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. In addition to the recipe, submitters are asked to include their contact information and a description of their connection to the Extension Service.
For more information, call 719-4140.
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