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Old 10-14-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Free book + charity donation - The Celebrity Pasta Lover's Cookbook [PDF]

Until the end of October 15th, pasta-maker Barilla are offering not just a free download of a PDF cookbook, but also will give a $1 donation at their cost (up to $150,000) to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, which apparently delivers food to shut-in people, for each individual person who clicks the pledge-on-my-behalf button before downloading their Celebrity Pasta Lover's Cookbook.

Thus far, they're only up to $65,681 as of my download.

So even though a lot of people seem to hate PDF around here, let's see if we can at least bump their donation numbers up a bit.

The cookbook is DRM-free and full-colour, though of an awkward size that will probably not look all that great on your reader. It's got recipes by 12 celebrities using Barilla products, so if you ever wanted to know Julianne Moore makes her Vegetarian Lasagne with 1 box of Barilla WAVY Lasagne, you're in luck!

No e-mail or other info is required, though I think you need to have JavaScript, and possibly Flash, turned on in your browser before the pledge button works. And they do try to persuade you to sign up for their newsletter, but you can easily close the pop-up box to skip that.

Since it's for a good cause and will cost you nothing besides 3 megs of hard disk space and maybe 2 minutes of your time, I encourage all to spread the link around like a communicable disease, and bon appetit!
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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Up to $66,129 for the free-donation-by-proxy corporate download-match pledging. Thanks to all the 105 MR members who apparently contributed to this number (at least, according to the current pageview count for this thread).

Too bad that even with who-knows-how-long a lead time on this promo, there hasn't been even half of the total amount of downloads that Barilla said they would match with their donation money.

But at least the Meals on Wheels people will be getting some extra money to put towards feeding a lot more sessile seniors, or whatever it is they do.
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Thanx and they are $66,423 now
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Up to $66,697. Thanks for letting us know about this.
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Old 10-16-2010, 03:30 AM   #5
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Thanks... I thought there were some very good recipes in there...
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$66,932 and counting. Thanks!
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I posted this to my blog and over on Amazon. Hopefully it garnered a few more of those $ for the cause.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:48 PM   #8
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I just went over to the site, and the final total is officially $66993, a difference of $1312 from when I first saw it. Pretty good for one day's notice and 266 thread-views over here, and hopefully it should help feed a good few extra needy people.

Thanks everyone who helped out, both by clicking the pledge button and spreading the word.

Also, they now have a new free PDF cookbook on offer, Sharing the Table with Mario Batali, a full-colour collection of 12 different recipes (they look a bit more complicated than the "celebrity" ones) using Barilla products. The download link for that is directly below the final pledge total.
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