“Beauty and the Feast” Cookbook Review

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Beauty and Beast Cookbook Photo

Throughout my career I have collected and compiled a large library of culinary reference books.  I love reading cookbooks and enjoy the occasional gems I happen upon.  Many months ago Wilma Gelderblom approached me regarding a cookbook that would reflect the many culturally diverse fans of the CW/CBS hit show “Beauty and the Beast.”  I was thrilled with the opportunity and began offering recipes and photos for this project.  Not only was the cookbook meant to bring the culturally diverse fans of the show “Beauty and the Beast” together but to help fight juvenile diabetes (JDRF), with the proceeds from the book going to the JDRF Foundation.

Many e-mail exchanges occurred through the following months for recipes and photos for the cookbook project. It was a wonderful experience getting to know the hard working and dedicated people that were realizing this massive project.  To say the least, I was thrilled when the book was finally finished and anxiously awaited a copy of it.

When I received the cookbook, I sat down at my kitchen table with a piece of applesauce cake I had made and a cup of chamomile tea.  I began thumbing through the book and marveled at the hundreds of hours of work that had gone into it.  Through the years I have noticed that there are many cookbooks that are more about the production than the actually recipes.  Thankfully, the “Beauty and the Feast” cookbook is about both the production and the recipes.  While thumbing through the pages I began to feel a warm and loving appreciation for the many people from all over the world who selflessly gave their time and talents to the books creation.  I continued reading through the book, recipe after recipe (many of which are printed not only in the original language of the contributing person but translated into English), excited about new flavors to try and the overwhelming appreciation for my culinary piers from all aspects of life.

The “Beauty and the Feast” cookbook will be a crowning jewel in any culinary library.  Not only does in contain wonderful home and “time” approved recipes from all over the world, it represents the love and willingness to create a better world through caring, sharing and selflessness.  I’m proud to have been a small part in this wonderful new cookbook, “Beauty and the Feast.”  Be sure to get a copy of the book for yourself and start enjoying the time tested recipes from the amazing fans of the hit show, “Beauty and the Beast.”

I’ve included below the information needed to get your copy of “Beauty and the Feast.”  For more information about this book, please email batbcookbook@gmail.com.

Chef Bryan Woolley

“Every person that donates $20 or more to JDRF directly (link is on the website)- will receive a PDF copy of the book, as soon as they email to: batbcookbook@gmail.com.  For all people who donate less than $20- we have a drawing each week, and 3 people can then also get the PDF copy of the “Beauty and The Feast” cookbook.”


  1. Wilma says:

    Thank you Chef Bryan- for all your support, the beautiful review, and your amazing recipes and photos! We really appreciate your contribution to an awesome cause: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes research foundation) xo The Recipe Team.

  2. Manuela @celticdreams70 says:

    Thank you for your support for this amazing cookbook of many fans around the globe! I am proud to be a part of this cookbook, BatB Community and great FANmily. Greetings from Germany…. Manuela

  3. Caro says:

    Wow great review and thank you for The support of this amazing cookbook from All over the world recipes from BATB fans with the awesome job of Wilma and the cookbook team. Xoxoxo Caro from Argentina

  4. Ruth Cassidy says:

    Chef Bryan you are truly an angel! We are so blessed you are on Twitter &
    that you decided to interact with beasties! Your kind words are just amazing
    and only increase our admiration & gratefulness towards you! Thank you
    for recognizing the love & devotion that brought Beauty & the Feast to life!
    Especially for recognize all of Wilma’s hard work! Thank you sir!

    • Wilma says:

      TY Ruth and everyone. Without the amazing Recipe Team, Chef Bryan and all the fans of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Beasties) , it would not have been possible. This project has once again shown me how people all over the world can stand together towards an amazing cause, how the world worked together to create a treasure to keep forever. I can’t wait to see everyone start cooking!!:)

  5. Krissy says:

    You are an awesome gentleman, what a wonderful review of Beauty and the Feast! So excited to try the recipes you contributed and hope you will recommend recipes you try from the cookbook! I had the same sense of how much time and effort went into making this beautiful book, Wilma and the recipe team did a fantastic job. So happy you are a part of the Beastie Family 🙂

  6. Debbie Camelo says:

    Chef Bryan, it is an honor and pleasure to know that you “traveled” through our Beauty and the Feast Cookbook and felt, as you so eloquently said “…I began to feel a warm and loving appreciation”… Because of your wonderful recipes and generous giving of your time, Wilma, the Recipe Team, the fans’ treasured family recipes, Austin Basis and the JDRF, your stunning Review told the whole story, and love that you are now known as Chef Beastie! So very grateful to you! Thank you kind sir! Yes, let the cooking begin!

    • chefbryan says:

      You are very welcome. Truly the pleasure is mine to be acquainted with so many wonderful people! Thank you all for being part of my life!