SEATTLE, Sept. 23, 2004 -- Bill Gates' clam chowder recipe is not only tasty; it's helping researchers find a cure for breast and ovarian cancer.
Celebrities of music, stage, screen, sports, cooking and business are helping to raise money for cancer research by sharing their favorite culinary recipes in "Star Palate," a star-studded cookbook conceived and spearheaded by Tami Agassi, sister of tennis star Andre Agassi, and breast-cancer survivor.
Titled Star Palate, the cookbook features recipes and portraits from more than 70 celebrities. Proceeds from the book will benefit two organizations: the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research -- an affiliate of Swedish Medical Center dedicated to treatment, early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer -- and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization devoted to breast-cancer research and public awareness programs.
"Having undergone treatments for breast cancer myself, I know firsthand the importance of cancer-research funding," says 35-year-old Agassi, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, and has remained cancer free.
From party appetizers to main-course cuisine to dessert dishes, each celebrity offered their favorite recipe from their own intimate cooking experiences, a secret family tradition or one of their favorite restaurant dishes. A sampling of dishes include:
- Arnold Palmer's sugared bacon strips
- Kelly Preston's beef stroganoff
- Ray Romano's brownies
- Katie Couric's lemon chicken
- Britney Spears' seafood pasta
- Robin Williams' classic pot roast pork
The cookbook, co-authored by culinary writer and Seattle chef Kathy Casey, will be available at www.starpalate.com and through Amazon, Costco, Target and book stores nationwide in October -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
With 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Marsha Rivkin Center and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Agassi hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from the cookbook, a project she spent two years to complete.