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The Hill Barons' Kitchen: A Fantasy for Foodies. (Volume 1) Paperback – July 7, 2012
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Sharon Howard Stockwell is the eighth generation of granddaughters directly descended from Thomas Jefferson. Born in Santa Barbara, California, she notable as creator of cooking classes featuring Star Chefs & Premiere Cooks at her landmark Masini Adobe in Montecito where she also hosted many winemaker dinners and release parties offering famous vintages from Santa Ynez and the Central Coast. Stockwell is also known for her top rated Foodie Blogs, "Jefferson's Table", http://jeffersonstable.typepad.com/, that receives thousands of visitors from over 130 countries worldwide and "Foodie Tramp", http://jeffersonstable.typepad.com/foodietramp/, a Restaurant and Resort review format. The cookbook, "From Jefferson's Table", is a classic labor of love that evolved into a description of American style cooking through eight generations with the carefully preserved original recipes that span the first 250 years of our country's remarkable history. A professional artist and designer with elite marketing expertise for over 35 years, Stockwell has performed assignments for many companies and institutions including, The J.Paul Getty Museum, L.A. County Museum of Art, Mattel, South Coast Plaza, William Sonoma, Geary's, The Wine Merchant, Princess Cruise Lines and The Century Plaza Hotel. An early expert in direct marketing and entrepreneurial business, she has worked as instructor and lecturer in education programs for USC and UCSB. In addition, Stockwell was a partner in the family firm, S. Stockwell & Sons, that created architecture, interior design and murals worldwide, since 1972. Presently residing in the Montecito hills, she is the mother of two artist-architect sons and four grandchildren.
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Being familiar myself with some of these fabulous estates in Montecito, she describes the architecture and landscaping beautifully.
Her research must have been monumental; such detail, so many important names, facts, occurrences entwined with ease in this fascinating story taking place in the 1920's.
Love making scenes with Paco, our beloved main character were delicious, too.
The Chef's Competition at the newly built Biltmore was full of surprises, delectably described.
The story line flowed, never a slowing, always compelling to the very end, and then I didn't want it to end, so
Mrs. Stockwell, hurry up with your second story in your Trilogy!!
The characters are extremely well developed and the story is written in such a fashion that it seems destined to be a feature film. The story's visual descriptions are sensational and at the end of the book, the reader will want the story to continue! I hope this book transfers to a screen play so we can enjoy it on the big screen and I suggest the film feature the young, British actor, Douglas Booth!
Kudos to S. Howard Stockwell! What an enjoyable read filled with history, architecture, art and superb culinary descriptions!
an opulent era with great insight, wit & with a true gourmets knowledge of food & wine. Her story of Paco & his customers is wonderfully written drawing the reader in to the point that you do not want to quit reading hoping it will go on & on.