Cookbook Fundraiser

Cookbook Fundraiser

Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance with assistance from Fire House Chef, Joe Bonanno

Bronze: A donation of $50 you will receive The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook plus a FBHA Challenge Coin.

Silver: A donation of $100 you will receive The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook and The Firehouse Grilling Cookbook plus a FBHA Challenge Coin.

Gold: A donation of $150 you will receive The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook, The Firehouse Grilling Cookbook and Monutza, The Firefighting Elephant. This is a new release children’s book. In addition, you will receive a FBHA Challenge Coin and a FBHA T-Shirt.

All books will be autographed by the author Firehouse Chef Joe Bonanno.

As founder of FBHA we are honored to have Joe Bonanno helping us out with this fundraiser. Yet, his involvement is due to the personal tragedy he suffered when his brother, Michael, from Ladder 7 FDNY, took his life on July 31, 2012. I offer both my condolences on his loss and yet my deepest gratitude to Joe for helping FBHA.

Jeff Dill


About the Cook Books


THE standard in firehouses around the world! Over 150 healthy recipes from firefighters across the country, kitchen tested by the world’s toughest food critics, hungry firefighters! Some of the recipes have “firefighter” unique names like Chicken in a Cockloft, All Hands Meat Loaf and includes Joe’s winning recipe in the FDNY Bake Off, Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake! There is kitchen fire safety chapter and some comical stories that could only happen in a New York City firehouse kitchen! A best seller on QVC at the time it was published and rave reviews in all the leading culinary magazines.


A terrific follow-up to the Healthy Firehouse Cookbook! Over 150 “firefighter” tested grill recipes and includes a complete section on both gas and charcoal/wood grilling; proper lighting, temperatures, types of charcoal and woods, and of course a grilling safety chapter. The book contains unique marinades, rubs, sauces, side salads, slaws and dips and uses beef, chicken, fish, pork and lamb. Contained within are recipes like Monkfish with Red Bell Pepper Sauce, “Flashover” Pork Tenderloin, Red Devil Chicken (made for Martha Stewart Show appearance) and even a “dessert on the grill” chapter with a firehouse favorite, Mexican Bananas Foster!


Published in October 2012, this story speaks to being the best you can be with what you have to work with and that sometimes what you are is all you need to be. The story follows an elephant, who is taken from his jungle home, to a zoo in a big city! His sad plight turns around when a terrible fire occurs and the local firefighters turn to Monutza for help. The story and artwork will touch the hearts of all ages, young or old! The fire trucks within and their company numbers are from NYC firehouses that both Joe and his brother Michael worked in; Engine 273, Ladder 129 and Ladder 7. A special dedication is included among the first pages.

About the Author:

Joseph T. Bonanno is a 21-year veteran firefighter with The New York City Fire Department. Joe’s brother, Michael Bonanno was also a firefighter in Ladder 7 of the FDNY. While a firefighter, Joe became certified as a fitness trainer and nutritionist with certifications from New York University, The American Council on Exercise, and several other organizations.

After attending a class at The New School in Manhattan, A New York editor from Hearst Publishing approached him about doing a “healthy” firehouse cookbook. A proposal and sample recipes were sent to the editor and The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook was published and received rave reviews throughout the culinary and firefighting community.

To further establish himself in the culinary field, Joe entered and won many “firehouse” cooking contests, including “Americas Greatest Firehouse Chef” The FDNY Bake Off, McIlleheny Tabasco Sauce Cook and Ladder Contest, The International Firefighter Olympic Culinary Division and recently, against some of Florida’s top chefs, won The Florida State Iron Chef Competition at the Florida State Fair. Joe has appeared several times on “Live with Regis”, Martha Stewart, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Saturday Morning, FOX N.Y. and many others. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily News, The NY Post, Eating Well and Bon Appetite. A second book, The Firehouse Grilling Cookbook was then published with more appearances following. Joe and his brother Michael worked tirelessly during the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after 9/11/2001 and their stories are contained in the 9/11/2001 FDNY section of Joe’s website Upon leaving the fire service, Joe received his Culinary/Chefs Degree with honors from The Culinary Academy of Long Island, doing internships at two of Long Island’s top restaurants. Joe also teaches at the A La Carte cooking school in Lynbrook, NY. Joe has just published a third book, a children’s book, highlighting the adventures of Monutza The Firefighting Elephant and is pursuing making an animated movie about the story.