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Cookbook Love from DC to Austin

11 February 2013 2,694 views 5 Comments

What better way than food to share our love for one another? My dear friend Emily of Wild and Crazy Pearl combined her love of food and photography to put together, along with writer Beth Kanter, Washington, DC Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Nation’s Capital.

It’s a beautiful book, and Emily spent much of 2012 photographing each and every image that appears in it (other than her head shot of course), at visits to Washington, DC restaurants either early in the morning, during lunch, and after work, while still managing to excel (or at least keep) at her day job and while juggling many other commitments and hobbies.

Washington DC Chefs Table

Recipes that I marked to try at home included Cream Peach Pie from baked & wired, Galletas de Chocolate de Amor fromThe Blind Dog Cafe at Darnell’s, Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup from Firefly, Charred Cauliflower Salad with Garlic Confit and Tahini Dressing from Room 11, Guacamole en Molcajete from Rosa Mexicano, and Sticky Toffee Pecan Pudding Cake fromTabard Inn.

While paging through the book, I made a list of restaurants to visit (with Emily of course) that includes Beau ThaiFounding FarmersThe Liberty Tree for their Lobster Mac & Cheese, ManduQuill for a Kentucky Salty Dog cocktail and the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck.

And while it didn’t make the book, here’s an adorable picture of Emily’s sister (and my friend) Rebecca holding out a lobster from the Red Hook truck.

Photo Credit: Emily Goodstein Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Goodstein Photography

Another book I’ve been involved with is The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook. This cookbook is being put together by The Austin Food Blogger Alliance, an organization I helped found and where I’m currently the marketing chair. While I didn’t submit a recipe, I did include a blurb about the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide in the book. The book was wholly created by members of the Alliance, who participated by submitting recipes, photos, testing recipes, writing blurbs, and editing.

It won’t be available until April, but we are pre-selling books on our website in order to help pay for our first wholesale order of books. For more information on this project, check out our press release, and a blog post that lists each recipe to be included.

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I hope you will consider purchasing both the Washington, DC Chef’s Table and The Austin Food Blogger Alliance cookbooks. Since I purchased my copy of the DC book, and also received a review copy from the publisher, I will be giving one copy away to a random commenter on my Tasty Touring Facebook group. Please leave your comment by 11 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the thread for this post to be considered.

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  • http://twitter.com/frommaggiesfarm margaret christine

    What a gorgeous cookbook from D.C. Makes me want to take a trip, pronto.

  • http://twitter.com/frommaggiesfarm margaret christine

    What a gorgeous cookbook from D.C. Makes me want to take a trip, pronto.

  • South Austin Foodie

    I grew up in DC, near American University, but I haven't lived there since the mid 1990s. I think my appreciation of food was enhanced as a youth with visits to places like the Tabard Inn for birthdays, father's day, etc. I still remember my mother swooning over their eggs benedict for brunch. How cool that your friend Emily was the photographer for this project!

  • South Austin Foodie

    I grew up in DC, near American University, but I haven't lived there since the mid 1990s. I think my appreciation of food was enhanced as a youth with visits to places like the Tabard Inn for birthdays, father's day, etc. I still remember my mother swooning over their eggs benedict for brunch. How cool that your friend Emily was the photographer for this project!

  • South Austin Foodie

    I grew up in DC, near American University, but I haven't lived there since the mid 1990s. I think my appreciation of food was enhanced as a youth with visits to places like the Tabard Inn for birthdays, father's day, etc. I still remember my mother swooning over their eggs benedict for brunch. How cool that your friend Emily was the photographer for this project!