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Capital Cooking Cookbook Paperback – May 17, 2010
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About the Author
Lauren DeSantis combines her passions for food and television in Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis, a television series highlighting the culinary and cultural riches of our nation's capital. By incorporating dishes from the many ethnic cuisines represented in Washington, D.C., Lauren's cooking style is continually evolving. In each episode, Lauren takes viewers gastronomic journey to cook with the best chefs of D.C., Washington insiders and more. She is a lawyer by day and host/producer of her television show on the weekends. Lauren grew up in an Italian family in St. Louis, Missouri, where eating well was the key to every family gathering. She studied political science at Truman State University and later received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Throughout her education, Lauren honed her cooking and entertaining skills by hosting numerous dinner parties with her girlfriends. After graduating from Duke Law, Lauren married her husband, Corey Then, and moved to Washington, D.C., to begin a career as an attorney. Although her life has become increasingly hectic, she always makes time for cooking because it provides her an outlet for creativity and fun. She decided to pursue her dream by expanding her culinary knowledge and attending L'Academie de Cuisine. In addition to filming her show, she also teaches cooking classes.
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The dishes and drinks are "Simple to Make" with "Stuff You Can Buy Right Down The Street" that you can "Enjoy Everyday"
She is by far the "Hardest Working Chef In Town" and is always up to something new by constantly recreating herself into
"What Next" in the "Metro Culinary Scene".
More importantly, there's always something new on her blog so check it out [...]
I give this one :) :) :)
Second, the recipes are diverse but accessible. They range from simple homestyle meals that are not that difficult to make but taste really good (I have already tried several of them at home) to high-end restaurant recipes (for which Ms. DeSantis often provides alternative ingredients/techniques for the common kitchen at home). This style is likely born of the fact that Ms. DeSantis is not a chef by training but has cooked with some of the best chefs in the Washington area and included their recipes in the book. The photography is mostly clean and colorful, and I like the book's relatively smaller size and fewer number of recipes as compared to larger cookbooks. This may seem counter-intuitive, but I often become lost in cookbooks with hundreds of recipes, confused as to which recipes are truly the best to try out and wondering if many of them aren't simply "filler material." Not so with the Capital Cooking Cookbook.
Hopefully we will see additional books from this up-and-coming entertainer, and that a hardcover version is available in the future. The Capital Cooking Cookbook is excellent and well worth owning.
Great book indeed. Strongly recommend to buy it!