Whether you're hankering for a spicy jambalaya from Baton Rouge or a lemon chess pie from Madison, Wis., the Charity Cookbook Collector can probably find the cookbook for you. Started several years ago by a Tappahannock, Va., couple whose collecting habits, by their own admission, had gotten out of hand, the store stocks over 120 titles from Junior Leagues, civic organizations and churches across the country.
The owners, Jeff and Jane Camp, have located their collection and mail-order business in an old Tidewater country store (the space is shared with a shoe repair shop and the Camps' folk art gallery upstairs). From floor to ceiling and down the old pine counters, titles like "River Roads," "Think Christmas" and "Talk About Good" are displayed. And the Camps, who say that they have used many of the books in their own kitchen, also publish a semi-annual newsletter describing their standing titles, new additions to their collection and price lists. Junior League fans who don't wish to make the two-hour drive to Tappahannock can subscribe to the newsletter by sending $1 and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Charity Cookbook Collector, 223 Prince St., Tappahannock, Va. 22560; (804) 443-2655.