Ms. Ruth “Rootitoot” McCusker

At 8:30pm PST on February 12, 2020, Ms. Ruth “Rootitoot” McCusker passed away from recent complications of ongoing health issues.

Our beloved Ruth is widely known for adapting her family recipes for use with the innovative cooking appliance known as the Instant Pot®, for the enjoyment of everyone.  The product of her research and development was The Rootitoot Cookbook, Volumes 1 and 2.  She also shared her expertise and passion freely in social media.  Her reputation for exceptional recipes spread far and wide.

Ruth cared deeply about her “Secret Garden” (her term for her dearly loved Facebook friends).  She had joyful fellowship with thousands who joined her in pursuit of excellent cooking.  She was an incredibly private person who didn’t seek the spotlight, but simply wanted to give people success in preparing great meals for their families’ enjoyment.  Ruth’s humility and desire for people to be happy are the reasons she chose not to disclose her illness. 

The loss of this beautiful soul is devastating to all of us, especially her  2 children, Brian and Linda and her grandchildren, Wyatt, Helena, and Rosalee, but Ruth was never, ever discouraged, and she would not want us to be either.  Thank you for making her part of your lives. 

Ruth’s amazing son, Brian Wilkowski, who assisted her in the development of both volumes of her cookbooks, will honor and protect her legacy of great cooking and happy times with friends and family.  He and the loyal Admins who served her are committed to keeping Ruth’s vision alive through her website, Facebook Group, and even more cookbooks.  Please keep Brian and the team in your thoughts and prayers.

"Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Scholarship Fund, which has now been established and is officially known as "The Ruth "Rootitoot" McCusker Memorial Bursary Endowment Fund." The total when matched by Linda and Brian resulted in an astonishing $42,862.48! This will be a seed fund which will produce a yearly award for at least one aspiring culinary student. Here is a link to view the media release of the actual award: View Media Release

We'll never be able to fully appreciate the entire significance of what we've done here. This will have a lasting impact on countless lives, just as Ruth's recipes and help have also had a truly unimaginable lasting effect on all of us.

Thank you all so much for helping to generate this incredible sum in Ruth's memory, going to a very noble cause. We're truly humbled by the gravity of what's taken place here and will never forget this. 

Thank you!


Ruth’s family