Chick-fil-A Has Released a Cookbook Worth Checking Out

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Before you come down hard on the book owing to the chain’s politics, its food, or both, I urge you to peruse the preamble on the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program found here. The policy, which is intended to reduce waste in your own kitchen, informs the recipes. All are culled from missions, homeless shelters, and just plain concerned Americans bent on feeding the hungry and eliminating food waste. According to Feeding America, 119 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States each year, and 44 million people go to bed hungry every night.

The inspiration for the book is the example set three decades ago by Chick-fil-A owner and operator Marshall Wilkins, who donated leftover food from his restaurant to a local soup kitchen in Knoxville, Tenn.

The book, which is in digital format, is free and can be found here. All of the recipes include one or more items from the Chick-fil-A menu. The recipe for “Spicy Queso and Eggs,” for example, calls for eight Chick-fil-A Nuggets, diced, while the “Strawberry Peach Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwich” calls for four Chick-fil-A Buttered Biscuits at room temperature and either an entire Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake or an entire Chick-fil-A Strawberry Milkshake.