The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club found the recipe for success when it published the first edition of the "Steamboat Entertains" cookbook in 1991.
Since then, the book, which is a delightful collection of hometown recipes and Steamboat lore, has generated more than $250,000 for the Winter Sports Club's endowment fund and sold 57,000 copies.
"It was hugely successful," said Amy Burkholder, co-chairwoman for the new cookbook, "Steamboat Entertains Again." "That's why we plan on following the same format for this one," she said.
Burkholder and other volunteers at the Winter Sports Club are busy working on the second edition. The first edition is available and recently had its fifth printing, which became available in October.
Plans to introduce "Steamboat Entertains Again" in the fall of 2005 are in the works as the cookbook committee seeks recipes, factoids and short stories about the history, people and lore of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area.
"The sidebars make the book," Burkholder said. "Without those little facts, this would be just another cookbook."
But it's not.
Nearly 300 people contributed to the first edition with recipes including appetizers, side dishes and desserts. The recipes were tasty, and the stories that lined the sides of the pages gave everyone, tourists and locals alike, a little taste of what life is Steamboat Springs in like.
Today, Burkholder said the cookbook can be found on shelves in homes around the world.
Burkholder said the committee that is developing the second edition hopes for the same kind of success when the book is released next year. She said the form and the basic idea behind the book will remain the same.
However, she thinks there are plenty of places where the new book can set itself apart from the previous edition.
"There is no doubt that lifestyles have changed pretty dramatically since the first edition," Burkholder said.
Fourteen years ago, nobody was thinking about the Atkins diet or cutting down on carbohydrates. Today, people are more active and more health conscious and Burkholder said she is hoping the new cookbook will reflect those changes.
But a few things will remain unchanged.
As in the first edition, all the recipes will come from residents. Recipe forms are available in the Winter Sports Club offices. Burkholder is hoping to have collected a large portion of the material for the new book by the end of February, but she said no deadline has been set and that it's never too early to turn in a recipe.
A group of volunteers will test each recipe to make sure it is easy to follow and that the end result is worthy of the book. Stories and factoids also are encouraged and welcomed by the cookbook committee.