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Woman’s collection of 500 cookbooks now on Ivy Tech shelves

August 8, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Charlotte Zietlow continues to bring people together over food with the dedication of her cookbook collection to the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Bloomington.

Zietlow, a longtime community leader, donated 500 cookbooks to the Joan Olcott Library this past spring. For about three months, Carol Parkinson, librarian at Ivy Tech, along with four students in the library technical assistance program, worked on cleaning, inventorying, tagging and getting the books ready to be placed in the stacks. After the hundreds of cookbooks were ready, each had a green tag placed on its binding to make them easier to spot once they were placed by subject into the library stacks.

Zietlow was greeted recently by friends, chefs, elected officials and other colleagues as she hurried to the stacks in search of a missing recipe for salad Nicoise.

“I have to be weaned off of them,” she said of her donated cookbooks. She and friend Suzanne Mann along with librarian Parkison looked through the Cook’s Illustrated books for the recipe, which was found and copied for Zietlow.

“Thank you, Charlotte,” was a common refrain during and after the dedication ceremony.

People talked about their remembrances of her Bloomington history, including how she and Marilyn Schultz opened Goods Inc., which is now Goods for Cooks, and also established an endowed hospitality scholarship at Ivy Tech in 2016 that has helped three women enter the food service industry as chefs.

Recipes weren’t the only goodies Zietlow passed along to Ivy Tech. Inside the cookbooks, Zietlow had left behind bookmarks — referred to lovingly as “Charlotte debris” — of all shapes and sizes that had been turned into origami creations.

From lobsters to chef’s hats, the pieces of paper were transformed into objects that people were invited to take home to remember the special event and Zietlow. There were also other tidbits left in the pages of cookbooks for people to search through and select something to take home. Except for one: Zietlow was presented with a Charlotte bumper sticker from her successful 1974 campaign for re-election as a Monroe County commissioner.

The final part of adding the cookbooks to the Ivy Tech library was a toast to Zietlow, who then said a few words to those present.

“Food is culture, and the way people eat is determined by that,” she said. She said she hopes the cookbooks will be well-used by students, faculty and the public. “Culinary work is something you can’t export or import. ... I drink to food and to culture and to all that brings to us.”

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Source: The Herald-Times

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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