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Drexel Students And Alumni Help Cancer Survivors "Cook For Life"

June 22, 2016

Cook for Life book cover

The Drexel Food Lab and Drexel Edits have joined forces to produce a series of recipes for Cook for Your Life, an organization founded by Ann Ogden in 2007 to promote healthy cooking for cancer patients and survivors. The collaboration is led by Lawrence Souder, PhD, teaching professor of communication and director of Drexel Edits, and Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor of culinary arts and food science.

“As cooks, we often know what we want a recipe to say, but to tell the story clearly, accurately and consistently, we benefit from the good work of Drexel Edits,” says Deutsch. “In many ways these are simpatico organizations — faculty-mentored, student-driven organizations focused on applying the skills learned in the Drexel classroom to improving lives in the real world.”

The collaboration kicked off in one of Drexel’s kitchens with a tomato and white sultana chutney tart recipe created by culinary arts senior Dana Bloom. Ally Zeitz, Drexel’s Food Lab manager, then fine-tuned the flavors, while Drexel editor Natalie Shaak modified the recipe text to fit the Cook For Your Life style guide.

“This project combines my background in writing and editing with my current program in culinary arts in a very practical way,” says Shaak. “It gives me the opportunity to support a worthy organization and expand my skills and knowledge related to recipe writing and editing, which will benefit me greatly as I prepare for a future career in food publishing.”

The team of volunteer editors also includes Janine Barber, Sandy Farnan and Bill Valerio, all alumni of Drexel’s Master of Science in Communication program.

“During the day, my volunteer editors work professionally in the areas of scholarly publication, corporate affairs and technical writing. After hours, they give back to the community by working on such nonprofit communications as strategic plans, grant proposals, reports, brochures and procedures,” says Souder. “By collaborating with the Drexel Food Lab, Drexel Edits adds a specific type of writing to its portfolio — recipes.”

Drexel Edits, supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, provides pro-bono editing services to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area. It offers a full range of editing services and addresses all aspects of nonprofit operations, including development, promotion and marketing, planning and evaluation. Drexel Edits recruits volunteer editors from Drexel students, alumni and friends who want to give back to the community.

Drexel Food Lab, housed in Drexel’s Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science, is an interdisciplinary research group focused on recipe development, as well as product ideation and product development.

Drexel Edits
Contact: Lawrence Souder, PhD