A very dear friend of mine, Patrick Evans-Hylton recently celebrated the release of his new cookbook “DISHING UP VIRGINIA” at the Mariners’ Museum. As a “foodie” there was nothing that would have stopped me from going. The event was much more than I expected. It was elegant and casual at the same time, filled with his friends, fans and area chefs touting his recipes through their interpretations of yummy offerings for us to try.
Once I had a chance to sit down and actually look through the book, I was amazed at the abundance of information and beautiful photography gracing the pages. Not only are there recipes that are indicative of Virginia, but it is rich in history and stories and if I didn’t live here I would have enjoyed the book just as a tourist would when visiting a place of interest.
Every page I turned made me want to try the recipe or visit a place in Virginia I had not yet gone to. The history behind each recipe was informative and entertaining at the same time. This is a cookbook that I would actually sit down and read from cover to cover, just for the pure pleasure of reading. The foodie side of me will want to make almost every recipe in the book, but if you aren’t into cooking don’t let that stop you from buying the book.
If you are a Virginian, a transplant, someone who loves to cook or does not please go out and treat yourself to “DISHING UP VIRGINIA”. You will fall in love with Virginia and it’s history all over again, just like I did. And you’ll love trying the recipes too! YUM.