Friday, January 2, 2015

Books: A Well-Seasoned Kitchen

A Well-Seasoned Kitchen is a recipe treasury for cooks who cherish creating delicious meals to nourish relationships with family and friends. Developed by mother and daughter, Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper, the book is ideally suited for today's modern cook who juggles a busy life but finds joy in preparing meals for others. The hardcover cookbook includes 186 tested recipes, planning menus, helpful tips and four-color photos by renowned food photographer Laurie Smith.

Lee conceived the idea for this cookbook as her aging mother (who was a fabulous cook and hostess) was showing signs of memory loss. Gathering recipes, remembering their shared cooking experiences and relieving family memories provided an opportunity to both keep her mother mentally active and also engage with her. The result of their effort is a wonderful collection of recipes that are uncomplicated, delicious and beautiful-- and work equally well for entertaining and everyday use. Sadly, just as they were finishing the book, Lee’s mom, Sally Clayton, passed away. As the book was originally conceived as a project to mentally engage her mother, a portion of proceeds benefit the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.