Good food is timeless in its appeal and synonymous with good times. White Oak Campground has revived old-fashioned family dinners with a new cookbook titled A Taste of Tradition.
The hardcover book is made up of almost 280 family recipes contributed by tenters and campers of White Oak Campground.
"It's a step back in time attending campmeeting," said John Stewart, fund raising chairman of the White Oak Campground Board of Trustees.
"In order to carry on traditions, we try to pull out the things we used to do long years ago so our children and visitors can experience that."
Those experiences include multiple daily worship services in an open-air tabernacle, walking barefoot in the sand, swimming and family dinners. These days, the "tents" have been modernized compared to when White Oak campmeeting started almost 140 years ago.
Esther Wood, who is 101, tells of childhood memories of her father bringing all the cooking necessities -- an old wood range, pots and pans, home-grown vegetables, fruits, the chicken coop full of fryers and the cow for milk -- to feed the family of nine every year during campmeeting.
"Everything in the world tastes better over there," said Mrs. Wood, who contributed some recipes for the cookbook.
"We used to say even a piece of shoe leather with salt and pepper and butter on it would taste good at campmeeting."
Each recipe book cost $10. Mr. Stewart said proceeds will be used to maintain the tabernacle, which was built in 1872.
"You always need to raise money to support a facility of that nature," he said.
Although White Oak published another cookbook almost 20 years ago, this book consists of all new recipes, according to Mr. Stewart.
The cookbook will be available at the White Oak Campground booth at the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem on Saturday, Oct. 2, and at the campground during fall campmeeting the weekend of Oct. 8-10.
Copies may be ordered by mailing a check payable to White Oak Campground to John Stewart, P.O. Box 373, Evans, GA 30809.
A postage and handling fee of $2.50 must be added to mail order copies. Free delivery of books is available to residents in Thomson and Evans by calling 706-550-3297.