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Ricky Lauren: Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch

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Inspired by the colors, flavors, and life at her Colorado ranch, Ricky Lauren presents an epic and unprecedented tribute to the West, as both a great destination and a state of mind. Nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains, the Lauren family’s Double RL Ranch is rich in history, both personal and regional. From the legends of the earliest settlers of the Wild Wild West to the fascinating pasts of such towns as Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, and Montrose, Ricky Lauren illuminates the history of the region, ...
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Inspired by the colors, flavors, and life at her Colorado ranch, Ricky Lauren presents an epic and unprecedented tribute to the West, as both a great destination and a state of mind. Nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains, the Lauren family’s Double RL Ranch is rich in history, both personal and regional. From the legends of the earliest settlers of the Wild Wild West to the fascinating pasts of such towns as Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, and Montrose, Ricky Lauren illuminates the history of the region, connecting and inspiring readers along the way. Lauren opens the doors to her family kitchen, sharing her culinary secrets, cherished heirloom recipes, favorite Western-styled dishes, and innovative decorating techniques for creating the perfect table setting and dining atmosphere.  Featuring Mrs. Lauren’s original photography, artwork, and beloved family snapshots, Ricky Lauren captures the spirit of the area—from its majestic peaks to its open meadows to its no-frills attitude toward simple and delicious cuisine. Told by a long-time admirer of the Colorado lifestyle, Ricky Lauren is every bit as beautiful and interesting as the centennial state itself.Born in New York City, Ricky Lauren is a therapist as well as an accomplished author, photographer, and painter. Mrs. Lauren’s first book, Safari, a photographic essay of her travels across the African continent, was published in 1989. Mrs. Lauren’s experiences in Jamaica served as inspiration for her second book, My Island (1995). She has also published two books for her family: The Children’s Book and Rudi & Grete. Ricky and Ralph Lauren have three children, Andrew, David, and Dylan. They reside in New York, Jamaica, and Colorado.
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  • ISBN-13: 9782843238833
  • Publisher: Assouline
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Ricky Lauren is an accomplished author, photographer, and artist, whose life with her husband, iconic designer Ralph Lauren, and their three children has been the inspiration for much of her work. Her other books include the recently publishedThe Hamptons: Food, Family, and History; My Island; and Safari. Ricky Lauren is also a psychotherapist and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College. When not traveling to their family retreats, Ricky and Ralph live in New York City, where they continue to enjoy sharing their lives with their growing family.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A BEAUTY OF A BOOK

    And, yes, a beauty of a book is exactly what one expects from Ricky Lauren, wife of a preeminent arbiter of taste, Ralph Lauren. However, this satisfying volume is far from a glossy paged fashion journal, it's the narrative of a life well lived remembered through seasons of the year and meals shared. The Laurens bought their Colorado ranch in early 1982. For Ricky, she says it was a dream come true because as a child she had watched Western movies and longed to be a cowgirl. Little did she know then that her childhood imagining would actually come true. In this richly illustrated coffee table book filled with thoughts and recipes she shares the fruition of her early dream. Beginning with summer she describes the meadows that have come alive with flowers and the startling blue of the vast Colorado sky. She loves the natural beauty that surrounds them as is evident by her description of an early morning hike: 'Here we are, the mesa, the meadows, the pines, the mountains, the flowers, and me, all bathed in the same glorious sunlight under the deep, rich Colorado blue sky.' Glorious double page photos are testament to her words. Fall at the ranch is another palette of colors and there is frost in the air. Meals are hearty with full breakfasts to start the day. A typical morning menu consists of Challah French Toast, Buckwheat Fruit Crepes, Lox, Eggs & Onions with Assorted Bagels, and Corn Muffins with Strawberry Preserves. (Recipes for all of the menu items are included.) Winter brings snow and after a two-day snowfall the accumulation was two feet high in some places with drifts reaching to five feet. It's warm inside but the Lauren family can't resist saddling up to explore the white vastness or ride their snowmobiles. A lunch of Elk Draw Chicken Potpie or Deep Dish Pizza is welcome and warming. Spring unfolds with a world of promise and as Ricky puts it ' a life affirming energy.' Gorgeous photographs, bits of history, tempting recipes, and personal musings all in one lovely volume - enjoy! Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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