The October wildfires wine country affected the area in innumerable ways. 

At a recent cooking class, Sondra Bernstein-founder of the girl & the fig, heard four Sonoma Valley residents talking about losing their homes and their cookbook collections.

"The kitchen, food and cooking are such an essential part of our days, hearts and homes here in wine country, it really struck home for me," Bernstein said, adding that said she treasures her own cookbook collection and can’t imagine what it would be like if she were to have lost her own.

Berstein reached out to friends Kathleen Hill, author and culinary historian, and Laura Havlek , owner of Sign of the Bear, to brainstorm how the community might build “new-old” cookbook collections to give away. "We’d love to do one thing for so many friends rebuilding different parts of their lives," she said. "And we’d love fire survivors to see Sonoma County’s love for them for decades as they browse recipes and share the joy of conversation and food with dear ones."

From now until April 4, donations of Cookbooks in English or Spanish in very good condition may be dropped off at the following locations;


--Napa Valley Welcome Center, 600 Main St., Napa, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

--Rancho Gordo, 1924 Yajome St., Napa Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Book may also be be mailed to Delicious New Chapters, 1206 MacArthur St. #3, Sonoma, CA 95476


--the girl & the fig, 110 West Spain St., Sonoma, any day before noon.

--The Sign of the Bear, 435 1st St. West, Sonoma, any day before noon.

--The Rhône Room, 20816 Broadway, Sonoma,  Friday through Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

--Sonoma Visitors Bureau. 453 First St. East, Sonoma, any day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

--Ramekins Cooking School, 450 West Spain St., Sonoma, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

--the girl & the fig CATERS!, 21800 Schellville Road, Suite C, Sonoma, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

--Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway - Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


--TIPS Roadhouse, 8445 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood - daily 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


--Healdsburg, SHED 25 North St., Healdsburg, daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Santa Rosa: 

--Franchetti’s, 1229 N. Dutton Road, Santa Rosa,  Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.


--Cameron + Co., 145 Kentucky St., Suite 7, Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

--Sonoma Portworks, 631 Second St., Petaluma Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m.

Delicious New Chapters Group Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/537792249924968/ for updated locations and information.

On Sunday, April 8, fire survivors in wine country will be welcomed at Suite D, to The Giving Event to create a new collection for themselves. The event will run throughout the day starting at 9 a.m.

"Fire recovery is not a sprint, but a marathon," Bernstein said. "We hope our community’s efforts keep pushing out love for folks for years to come. We’d love to fill every kitchen with tangible reminders how grateful we are for the people who are the very best part of our valley and region."

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