“This cookbook is a celebration of my Italian-Portuguese-German ancestors but runs the culinary gamut,” said Chef Laurie Figone. “Growing up on a dairy ranch in Northern California, the landscape that surrounded me inspired my culinary flair for nature’s abundance. I’m so excited to bring these recipes into everyone’s kitchen!”
This book features recipes that are simple, healthy, and delicious. They are also economical and practical, with ready available ingredients, and minimal cleanup. Each page has a section for notes to keep track of changes one might make to personalize each recipe. The book has a spiral binding so it will lay flat and stay open to the page one is using, making it very user friendly to read the recipes while cooking. The book also has a special augmented reality feature. By downloading the free app “Aurasma”, the user will be able to view videos that appear as though they are playing on the pages of the book by simply pointing their phone or tablet camera at the recipe photos. The videos are of Chef Figone explaining her recipes and giving helpful tips that are not mentioned in the book.
“Laurie is one of the most enthusiastic and fearless cooks that I know. She has a great sense of taste and presentation as these recipes confirm!”
– Chef John Ash, John Ash & Co. Restaurant
“What you will find in this fantastic book is a glimpse of the culinary art she has been able to create due to absolute, unmistakable, unwavering passion. There is little wonder why she ascended through the ranks of hundreds of talented cooks to become our 2014 World Dessert Champion.”
– Mike McCloud, World Food Champion President & CEO
“Laurie Figone’s bubbly personality and love of great food comes shining through in her first cookbook. I love her take on a BLT Salad and her Apricot-Almond Upside Down Cake is sure to be a new staple in my house. If you like fresh ingredients and a fun spin on recipes, this book is for you!”
– Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ - Outdoor Cooking Expert and Author