A hardcover cookbook containing more than 500 tried-and-true recipes from residents of Upper Saranac Lake and their families and friends is on sale in Tri-Lakes museums, gift shops and book stores. All proceeds will benefit the fight against invasive milfoil on Upper Saranac Lake.
The Upper Saranac Cookbook: An Adirondack Treasury of 500 Recipes was created by volunteers from Upper Saranac who worked for nine months to produce the approximately 500-page book as a charitable project.
Popular local artist Burdette Parks collaborated on the volume, contributing his own photos for the full-color, wrap cover picturing an Adirondack sunrise and the recipe divider pages beginning each section in the cookbook. Parks also was artistic director of the book, providing layout and graphic design services. The recipe divider page backs feature sepia tone historic photos from the lake going back more than 100 years. The introduction to the book relates the culture of food and cooking on Upper Saranac Lake over the past century.
Proceeds from all sales will be used to pay for the hand-harvesting of milfoil on Upper Saranac Lake. Residents of the Upper Lake began an intensive fight against the destructive invasive species Eurasian water milfoil with an underwater dive program in 2004. Hand harvesting by divers has continued every year since. By 2007, careful measurements taken by the Adirondack Watershed Institute showed that the Upper Saranac efforts had brought milfoil under control. However, because milfoil can never be eradicated once it has infested a lake, the control program must continue annually and costs about $150,000 a year.
Dive teams from the Lake Placid start-up firm, Aquatic Invasive Management, LLC, founded by Andrew Lewis of Saranac Lake and Tommy Thomson of Lake Placid, began diving to remove milfoil on Upper Saranac last week.
The official public launch of the cookbook will be held at the Adirondack Artist’s Guild Art Gallery, 52 Main St. (Green’s Market) Saranac Lake, during the first Art Walk of the season, Thursday, June 17, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Recipes from the Upper Saranac Cookbook will be offered free as refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and Burdette Parks will be on hand to autograph copies.
Eighteen local organizations and businesses provided important financial backing to make the publication possible. They are Upper Saranac Lake Association; Adirondack Community Trust; Adirondack Museum; Upper Saranac Lake Foundation; Adirondack Bank; The W!ld Center; Jerry Hacker; Nils Edward Luderowski AIA; Gillis Realty, Inc.; HomEnergy Services; Michael L. Bird, Architect; Lake Placid Spirits, LLC; Merrill Thomas Realty, Inc.; RoundLake Studios; Fogarty’s Lake Flower Marina; Evergreen House Interiors, Inc.; Adirondack Harvest and Eagle Island Camp.
The cookbook organizers partnered with Adirondack Community Trust of Lake Placid to manage cookbook donations and finances under ACT’s umbrella 501 (c) (3), which assures a tax deduction for those who purchase the book.
More than 1,200 books were pre-sold in an extensive campaign of advance sales over the winter. The remaining 1,000 books go on sale this week at the Adirondack Museum, the Wild Center, Adirondack Artists’ Guild and many Tri-Lakes book stores and gift shops. The book also may be ordered for an additional shipping charge by downloading an order form onlne.