Microsoft Cookbook Raises $175,000 For FareStart

By: 
Leslie Kelly

You’ve got to love a book with a happy ending.

The award-winning Microsoft Cookbook has raised more than $175,000 for FareStart, the culinary career training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged people.

This philanthropic project was envisioned and executed by Microsoft employees Colin and Erica McCaig, as part of the company’s commendable giving program. (Employees have donated more than $1 billion to 31,000 nonprofits since 1983.)

And here’s another sweet plot twist: The cookbook-writing couple fell in love and got married while compiling recipes from thousands of Microsofties from around the globe. Can we get an aww-men?

This tremendous effort was recently rewarded with a high honor. It was named best charity/fundraising book of the year by Gourmondo International, besting some pretty serious competition. (First Lady Michelle Obama’s book was in the running, too.)

The Microsoft Cookbook is now three volumes strong, and is available to the public, not just employees. All proceeds benefit FareStart.