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More than a decade ago, Bob and Melinda Blanchard decided to follow their dreams, taking a risk that many of us would not chance: They uprooted themselves from the cold winters of Vermont, moved to the Caribbean island of Anguilla, opened a seaside restaurant, and settled into the beautiful rhythms of a new life on island time. The Blanchards chronicled this inspiring transformation in their book A Trip to the Beach—the story of their journey to living the life they love. Here, in Cook What You Love, Bob and ...
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Overview

More than a decade ago, Bob and Melinda Blanchard decided to follow their dreams, taking a risk that many of us would not chance: They uprooted themselves from the cold winters of Vermont, moved to the Caribbean island of Anguilla, opened a seaside restaurant, and settled into the beautiful rhythms of a new life on island time. The Blanchards chronicled this inspiring transformation in their book A Trip to the Beach—the story of their journey to living the life they love. Here, in Cook What You Love, Bob and Melinda extend that journey into the pleasures of the kitchen, teaching us that even if we can’t move to paradise, we can create our own little paradise wherever we are, at any time of year.

In Cook What You Love, Bob and Melinda bring food and people together in the kitchen and around the table. With simple ingredients, no-fuss instructions, and flavorful meals that can be prepared in a snap, this book celebrates the Blanchards’ knack for combining the sublime comforts of great food and great company with glimpses into their paradise.

Cook What You Love blends many of the Blanchards’ favorite recipes with anecdotes about how their love for food seeps into every part of life. Bob and Melinda’s transporting stories take you from making tortillas and salsa in the mountains of Mexico to discovering the combination of lime, coconut, and ginger in Thailand and grilling chicken and ribs at an Anguillan bike race. From Blue Cheese and Mango Bundles, Reggae Pork, and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad to Crunchy Coconut French Toast, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and Key Lime Pound Cake, every recipe merges the timeless flavors of the Blanchards’ classic New England roots with the rich influences of the Caribbean.

The delicious recipes are accompanied by expert cooking tips and, to make it easy, include prep and cooking times. Cook What You Love joins some of the Blanchards’ most celebrated restaurant recipes with their personal home-cooked favorites, creating an incredible breadth of both everyday and special-occasion dishes—all enlivened with their infectious enthusiasm for exploring new tastes, places, and friendships around the common bond of food.

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Often praised as one of the great restaurants of the Caribbean, Bob and Melinda Blanchard's namesake restaurant in Anguilla is renowned for its tasty, unfussy food. Their cookbooks display the same inviting, uncomplicated touch. Like At Blanchard's Table and A Trip to the Beach, Cook What You Love doesn't overwhelm you with recipes. Instead, it presents a sweet mix of gorgeous photographs, diverting anecdotes, and irresistible homemade meals. The 100 recipes include Sweet Pepper Chicken with Thyme, Grilled Prosciutto, and Mozzarella with Artichoke Relish.
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“The Blanchards successfully blend New England practicality with the generosity and warmth of the islands.” —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400054398
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.71 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Married for thirty-two years, Bob and Melinda Blanchard divide their time between Norwich, Vermont, and Anguilla, where they operate Blanchard’s Restaurant. In addition to their eight successful business endeavors, the Blanchards have hosted television shows on the Fine Living Network and PBS and have been featured on the Today show as well as in People, Gourmet, USA Today, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and the Washington Post, among other media. They are the authors of A Trip to the Beach, At Blanchard’s Table, and Live What You Love. The Blanchards can be reached at blanchardsrestaurant.com and livewhatyoulove.com.

Biography

Mainly because they've worked hard to achieve their good fortune, Bob and Melinda Blanchard are that rare couple that is easy to envy but impossible to resent. Proprietors of Blanchard's Restaurant (est. 1994), the most popular dining establishment in the Caribbean hideaway of Anguilla, these transplanted Vermonters first came to international attention with their nonfiction bestseller A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean (2000) -- a humorous, highly personal account of their adventures as struggling restaurateurs. With its freewheeling blend of personal anecdotes and savory recipes, the book struck a chord with legions of readers, and the Blanchards found themselves much in demand as lecturers, television guests, and life coaches.

In 2003, the couple released At Blanchard's Table, a cookbook filled with stories and recipes from their New England roots and their life in the Caribbean. Two years later, they scored a double hit with the self-explanatory manifesto Live What You Love and a culinary companion (Cook What You Love); and in the face of the 2008 recession, they released the practical how-to, Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want.

These days, the Blanchards juggle two lives. They continue to run their successful restaurant business in Anguilla, and they manage a booming cottage industry of linked services and products, specializing in practical change agency and dedicated to the proposition that we all deserve to live our dreams.

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The Blanchards adoptive home of Anguilla is a haven for celebrities anxious to escape the spotlight. They have served stars like Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Liam Neeson at Blanchard's Restaurant.

Some fun facts from our interview with the Blanchards:

"We can each easily eat an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream in one sitting."

"Some of Bob's favorite moments are spent on his John Deere tractor, mowing the field at our house in Vermont. Anyone who visits us and shows even the teeniest amount of interest gets an automatic ride on the John Deere."

"As ironic as it may sound, we unwind by going to New York. Living in Anguilla and Vermont is wonderful, but it's always fun to enjoy the contrast of the hustle and bustle of a great city."

"More than anything else, we love to design things. Could be a restaurant, a house, a store, or something as simple as a greeting card. Sounds like work to some, but it's fun to us."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

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    We visited Anguilla on our honeymoon and the food was so great we bought a cook book and had it signed by the owner. I got home and tested out some of the recipes. We love the pumpkin woopie pies! I am making them this year for Thanksgiving. I highly recommend any of their cook books.

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