Talk Story with Junior League of Honolulu
In Hawaii “talk story” means catching up or chatting. LeiHut loves talking story with our vendors. Here’s a talk story session with the fabulous cookbook creators from the Junior League of Honolulu, an all-women organization that’s been active in Honolulu since 1923!
LeiHut (LH): What’s the story behind JLH Cookbooks? Why are they special?
Junior League of Honolulu (JLH): The cookbook is a national Junior League tradition dating back to 1940. Like the women who make up the League, Junior League cookbooks are prized for their beauty, quality, and reliability. They contain recipes created and tested by real women with busy lives who know the value of a perfectly crafted, delicious recipe. Each cookbook has an extensive index is organized by ingredient, not just by title, which makes the cookbook easy to use with ingredients on hand in your kitchen. The recipes themselves include helpful notes with healthy alternatives, ingredient explanations, and serving suggestions, along with cultural notes.
LH: How does a recipe get into the books?
JLH: Recipes submitted by JLH members and local chefs, restaurants and hotels competed for a spot in the cookbook through a triple-testing process for delicious taste, ease of preparation, and Hawaiian aloha spirit.
LH:What are the most popular recipes and what’s your favorite?
JLH: The recipes with Hawaiian flavors are usually the most popular because they embody what people think of as “Hawaiian”. One of my favorite things about the books is that they are a collection of recipes from people who live in Hawaii, not just Hawaiian recipes. There are recipes from many culinary cultures, many styles of cooking and ingredients from all over. Some of my absolute favorites are Pork Roast with Plum Sauce: Page 161, A Taste of Aloha and Shrimp Quiche with Avocado: Page 23, Aloha Days Hula Nights.
LH: The artwork on the book covers is beautiful. What’s the story?
JLH: JLH partnered with local island artist Pegge Hopper to design the covers of the books for all three volumes. Her cover of Aloha Days Hula Nights (“Under a Magnolia Moon”) was turned into a poster because it was in such demand.
LH: JLH gives back to the community with proceeds from the sales of cookbooks. Can you tell us a little more about JLH and some of its initiatives?
JLH: The Junior League of Honolulu is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Proceeds from the sale of cookbooks will be returned to the community through projects sponsored by the JLH, which include My Story, a nine-week personal development course for adolescent girls to develop their self-esteem and discover the power of their individual voices; Kids in the Kitchen, a healthy-eating awareness program aimed at educating young children and their families on the importance of good nutrition and the risks of childhood obesity; Wahine Forum, a leadership conference for women in business and the non-profit sector in Honolulu; and Impact Honolulu, an annual series of short-term, “done-in-a-day projects designed to respond to immediate community needs.