Big Red Cookbook

We are building a cookbook for our community. Please submit a recipe using the link below.
Submit a recipe to the Big Red Cookbook.

Feel free to submit recipes for 1-100 people. They’ll all be good for union social spaghetti dinners, pot-luck super stars, community BBQ’s, bake sale fund raisers, feeding striking workers, and stickin’ it to the man!

Why are we doing this?
Food is cultural, sensual, fun, exciting, challenging, nurturing, nourishing! And yet, it can be so unfair, out of reach, and a source of sorrow and anxiety for so many fellow workers.

At the end of the day food is a common denominator. We all need food to survive but we need good food to fuel the fire in us!

As an occasional cook for the Wayside Center for Popular Education, and the Richmond- GMB Wobbly Bagged Lunch program, I see how good food can fuel a movement.  When you are hungry, it is hard to stay focused on the important work of building social justice.  When you are sick and cranky from eating bad food it is so hard to muster the gusto to fight injustice on a job site or encourage fellow workers. When you are well-fed you are unstoppable!

We want to develop a collection of recipes that fuel radical movements! We want only your most delicious, beloved, tried and true recipes because we want this anthology of deliciousness to fuel the fire!

As you submit your recipe, think of how your recipe calls on fellow workers for materials, groceries and supplies. As you consume food, think of the fellow workers who worked to bring it to you- farmers, harvesters, packagers, truckers, sales people, grocers, cooks, dishwashers, baristas, waitresses, delivery guys, etc.  Think of all the workers it takes to get the food that nourishes you and fuels your fire! This cook book is for the fellow workers fueling the fire.

The finished cookbook will serve as a fundraiser for our IWW branch and the IWW HQ.


-Bring your A Game! We only want the most delicious, tried and true recipes
-Use your own words. While it isn’t possible to copyright a list of ingredients it IS possible to copyright the creative text of a recipe. Use your own words to explain the directions and process– especially if you are submitting a recipe from work.
-Tell a fellow worker. We want all the deliciousness we can get!
-Be creative. If you’re not an awesome cook feel free to submit a recipe for something else: An game, a recipe for disaster, a recipe for paint, a recipe for fun! You get the idea.


“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…The people who give you their food give you their heart.”
-César Chávez
Mexican-American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW)

Submit a recipe to the Big Red Cookbook.

Fore more info write to: richmondiww(at)

Recipes and Copyright laws!

So you want to submit a recipe from your job or another cookbook. Here is what you need to know:

via U.S. Copyright Office:
Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.

Only original works of authorship are protected by copyright. “Original” means that an author produced a work by his or her own intellectual effort instead of copying it from an existing work.

For further information about copyright, see Circular 1, Copyright Basics.

Note that if your recipe has secret ingredients that you do not want to reveal, you may not want to submit it for registration, because applications and deposit copies are public records.