Occupiers stand between Aspen and new cookbook
December 15, 2011
ASPEN – Those hoping to occupy their kitchens with a copy of the Thrift Shop of Aspen’s new cookbook might have to wait.
The Occupy movement marched on West Coast ports Monday with the goal of shutting them down right after the cookbook presumably arrived in Long Beach, Calif.
The shipment of 3,000 copies of the “Aspen Cooks – Recipes from the Thrift Shop of Aspen” was due to arrive in port Saturday. The whereabouts of the books are uncertain, according to Margaret Simmons, who spearheaded the effort to put out the cookbook on behalf of the Thrift Shop volunteers. They could still be on the ship, they could be in customs, or they could be on a truck bound for Aspen, she said.
“We have no way to find out,” Simmons said.
At the Port of Long Beach, protesters and police skirmished on Monday, according to news reports, but there was no indication that the Occupiers managed to shut down commerce.
The cookbooks could be delivered to the Thrift Shop by early next week, Simmons said. She expects to receive a phone call when the delivery truck is a day away from arrival.
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In the meantime, the few copies of the book that volunteers secured in advance have proven a hot commodity.
Volunteers were advised to bring 25 copies to a book event Tuesday evening at the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum. They took 43 instead, and every copy sold within the first hour, according to Simmons. Volunteers took orders for 34 more.
In all, Simmons estimated that orders have been placed for some 200 books. The volume is available for order online at http://www.aspenthriftshop.org.
When it arrives, it will be available at the Thrift Shop, Main Street Bakery and Cafe, local bookstores and other outlets, Simmons said.
The cookbook is a compilation of favorite recipes chosen by the volunteers who run the Thrift Shop, plus a few from long-gone Aspen restaurants. Proceeds will be donated to local organizations that benefit the community, as do other Thrift Shop revenues.