A lot more than aces and winners can happen when WTA pros take matters into their own hands.
The first-ever WTA Cookbook debuted on Wednesday, serving up 70 recipes from around the world. Now you, too—in a year of quarantine and fewer dining-out opportunities—can make dishes the likes of Naomi Osaka's lamb stew, Caroline Wozniacki's cold-rise cinnamon rolls, and Tracy Austin's chili.
Others participating quite literally hail from the WTA's past, present, and future. All-out legend Martina Navratilova and major singles winners Bianca Andreescu and and Ashleigh Barty contributed. WTA veteran Jill Craybas, who started her own chocolate company in May 2019, also dished on her personal favorite.
Budding American star Jessica Pegula, integral to the project from the start, saw her peers step up admirably for the effort. "As soon as our WTA players learned of our idea to produce an international cookbook to benefit WTA Charities, the recipes came pouring in," she says in the WTA Cookbook's forward, co-signed by Navratilova and others.
Growing up in Louisiana, crawfish fettucine has always been one of my favorite dishes. It's a real comfort-food dish that's big on flavor! Check out my recipe in the #WTACookbook and let me know what you think!???????????????? Donate at https://t.co/pcrFsy9EOq to download the @wta cookbook. pic.twitter.com/teJs8LvB2X— Chanda Rubin (@Chanda_Rubin) September 2, 2020
Proceeds from this digital publication, dubbed a first annual edition, will benefit WTA Charities' global initiatives, inclusive of WTA 4 Love, which benefits food-insecure people, front-line workers, and more deserving causes. The WTA 4 Love campaign has reportedly catalyzed thousands of donated meals and medical supplies making their way to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a minimum donation of $25, the cookbook comes with a price tag akin to Radiohead's In Rainbows album, and a bevy of similar pay-what-you-prefer experiments since 2007.
The difference here: Those who are food-insecure, who are front-line workers, and others in need stand to benefit. Ina Garten and Chrissy Teigen, eat your heart out.