The new edition of the Our Lady of Victory Church family cookbook is almost ready to be served.
The book is expected to be published in February, said Holly Jo Monnier, the church's youth minister.
"We have over 200 recipes that have been submitted by members of our parish and we're also going to include a few of the recipes that were in the first edition of the cookbook," which was published in 1997, Monnier said.
The project is serving as a fundraiser for the youth ministry, she said.
"We'll be using the proceeds to help support our programs for middle school and high school students at the church," Monnier said.
High school students meet regularly on Sunday evenings for social gatherings, and the youth ministry plans to create a similar program for middle school-age students early in the new year, she said.
"It will be fun activities that will be held in addition to their religious education activities," Monnier said.
She said high school students participated in a number of service activities in December, including caroling at First Community Village, a project to benefit families in need, and Midnight Magi on Dec. 21, in which students baked and decorated cookies, then delivered them to third-shift workers.
The cookbook is organized with the chapter titles used in the original edition, Monnier said.
"We got a great response from people who submitted recipes," she said. "A lot of them are favorite family recipes and we also included some of the dishes people will be familiar with from church events."
The book also will include pictures and an overview of the church's history, Monnier said.
"The publication's been delayed a bit because we kept getting more recipes and pictures to use in the book," she said.
Copies can be ordered using a form in the church bulletin or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $20.
The church is working with Friends and Family Cookbook Publishers to produce the book.
More than $1,000 already has been raised through advance purchases of the cookbook, Monnier said.