About the Author
Kathy Etter was the owner of Cafe Chimes, a delightful vegetarian
cafe located in the Village of North Conway, New Hampshire. Under
Kathy's warm and capable auspices, the Cafe offered delicious, healthy
food and provided a welcoming and comfortable meeting place for
friends and visitors alike. Kathy Etter was an active and well-known
member of her New Hampshire community. In addition to running her
popular restaurant, conducting Vegetarian Cooking and Nutrition
Classes, and writing newspaper columns, Kathy gave countless presentations
for community groups, offering her energies to improve the health
and well-being of her fellow community members.
Kathy Etter had a long-standing dream
of writing a cookbook that would truly express her love of wholesome
food and the creative spirit of whole foods cookery. She wanted
the book to reflect her joyful and creative approach to cooking
as well as her strong commitment to healthy and nutritious food.
With these goals in mind, she started writing the Cafe Chimes
Cookbook in the Winter of 1997.
In the midst of writing this cookbook,
author Kathy Etter was stricken with a virulent form of lung cancer.
In spite of a valiant struggle against the disease and strong community
support, Kathy died in the Spring of 1998 at the age of 47.
Chase Publishing and illustrator
Shana Myers decided to continue the project after Kathy's
death. They want to help fulfill Kathy's dream of writing a cookbook,
and they saw the book as a way of keeping Kathy's indomitable spirit
alive in her community and beyond its borders. Fortunately, they
were helped immeasurably along the way by the generous gift of time
and support from Kathy's many friends and colleagues who tested
countless recipes, contributed their personal memories of Kathy,
and provided ongoing encouragement for the duration of the project.
What started as a relatively simple
cookbook publishing endeavor turned into a very special collective
effort. In addition to a wide array of tasty vegetarian recipes,
illustrations, poetry and quotations, the Cafe Chimes Cookbook
contains a special section entitled, "Memories of Kathy".
In these pages, Kathy's colleagues and friends pay tribute to this
remarkable woman who did so much to enhance the health and well-being
of her community and its welcome visitors during her far-too-short