My friend and colleague Michele Morris has written a wonderful new cookbook that celebrates the best food of our state. Tasting Colorado is 164 glorious four-color pages of recipes and photos from some of Colorado’s best restaurants, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts and guest ranches.
Michele is a chef, food writer and sommelier who leads culinary tours to places like Italy and Germany and writes the popular food blog Cooking With Michele. Not only can she cook like a fiend, she photographed and styled all of the stunning food images in the book.
Tasting Colorado is divided in chapters illustrated with her big, glorious food photos, like Soups and Stews:
Breakfast and Brunch:
Appetizers and Snacks:
The recipes in this book are just over-the-top special and good. Michele somehow managed to coax celebrated chef and restaurateur Frank Bonano to share his acclaimed Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe:
(Couldn’t you just eat that off the page?)
She also snagged the luscious recipe for Bear Creek Smoked Trout Pâté from my dear friend and queen of hospitality Gail Riley at The Highland Haven Creekside Inn:
…and this silky Slow-Poached Chicken with Red Pepper-Citrus Sauce and Stewed Artichoke from one of my favorite restaurants in Colorado, or anywhere for that matter, Opus:
Look at this salad of grilled Palisade peaches, Serrano ham and rocket greens from Larkspur Restaurant in Vail:
And aren’t these the most gorgeous, golden biscuits you’ve ever seen? Oh, my goodness! They’re flavored with goat cheese and rosemary, the creation of the amazingly talented chef Jennifer Jasinski who owns Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall:
These crispy Southwestern crab cakes are from the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel in Durango, accompanied by a roasted red pepper tartar sauce:
Spaghetti squash fritters are from Cafe Diva in Steamboat Springs:
You probably know that I have a major weakness for bacon recipes, so it thrilled me to discover several in the book like this classic wedge salad from New Belgium Brewery with a dressing enhanced by Saison farmhouse ale :
…and this yummy Amish Breakfast Casserole with potatoes, cheese, eggs and bacon from Eastholme in the Rockies B & B:
Michele asked me to write the foreword to the book, which was very exciting and something I’d never done before. I explored the question “Does Colorado have a trademark food?” and talked to a number of notable food experts who provided some lively answers.
Tasting Colorado is selling faster than the corn hotcakes pictured on the front cover, and the publisher has already ordered a second printing. That kind of success doesn’t happen without a passionate author, and Michele has been on television, at book signings, doing cooking demonstrations and participating in events all around the state to help promote the book. Tasting Colorado retails for $29.95, and you can order a copy directly from the publisher Farcountry Press or from independent and online booksellers as well as at many of the outlets mentioned in the book.
Win a Signed Copy of Tasting Colorado
Michele has graciously donated a brand-new, signed copy of Tasting Colorado for one lucky Happy Simple Living reader in the U.S. or Canada. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and answer this question:
Now that summer is firmly upon us, what have you been cooking lately?
Whether it’s melon ball salad, weenies on the grill or Lobster Mac and Cheese, just shout out what you’ve been making and you’ll be entered. The drawing will be open through midnight MST Tuesday, June 18. Good luck!