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In the old days, neighbors wouldn’t think twice about borrowing cups of flour from one another in a pinch or sharing casserole recipes. To bring back a taste of that culinary camaraderie, the DUMBO Neighborhood Association (DNA) is launching an effort to collect local recipes.

The group is putting together a "neighborhood cookbook" featuring 150 favorite recipes from local residents and area restaurants. And if the kitchen makes you uncomfortable, fear not. Takeout menus from local restaurants are being included for those who like to make reservations for dinner.

"This kind of cookbook couldn’t have been done by anyone else," Marisa Farina, DNA’s treasurer, told GO Brooklyn. "It’s a community effort, and everyone wants to be involved." All proceeds from the cookbook will support DNA’s community improvement efforts.

According to Farina, the cookbook will be available for purchase at area retailers for $20 in June, when a potluck launch party will be held at BSH Home Appliance Corporation’s Showroom at 1 Main St. at Water Street.

Farina, who said she’s "not a cook," explained that the cookbook will cater to both chefs and amateurs alike.

"It will be organized by type of meal and will include sections on ’great meals for kids’ and ’under 15-minute preparation time,’" she said. It will also have an index of names for those who have submitted recipes; that way, said Farina, "if you know somebody who’s a great cook, you can look up his or her recipes by name."

To submit a recipe of your own by March 14, visit DNA’s Web site at or call president Nancy Webster at (917) 439-1585 for more information.

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