The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History

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Fresh, seasonal recipes that perfectly evoke the relaxed luxury of the Hamptons

Combining food with her memories of raising a family in New York's legendary Hamptons, Ricky Lauren's The Hamptons perfectly captures the lifestyle—plus the rich history—of America's most exclusive resort. Written by Ricky Lauren, who is an accomplished author, photographer, and artist, this lush and evocative book is packed with delicious recipes, beautiful ...

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Overview

Fresh, seasonal recipes that perfectly evoke the relaxed luxury of the Hamptons

Combining food with her memories of raising a family in New York's legendary Hamptons, Ricky Lauren's The Hamptons perfectly captures the lifestyle—plus the rich history—of America's most exclusive resort. Written by Ricky Lauren, who is an accomplished author, photographer, and artist, this lush and evocative book is packed with delicious recipes, beautiful photographs, and original watercolors that paint a picture of the Hamptons life.

  • Includes approximately 100 healthy, fresh, seasonal recipes
  • Features tips and advice on entertaining in true Hamptons style and simplicity
  • Offers a glimpse into the life of a beloved family, with archival photos and personal snapshots of the Laurens
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lauren, author, photographer, artist, psychotherapist, and wife of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren, pays tribute to the Hamptons, New York’s resort of the rich and famous, an area that played a significant role in the life of the Lauren family. Divided into four sections, one for each Hampton locale in which the family resided, the book offers a hodgepodge of breakfast, lunch, starter, dinner, and dessert recipes that hold personal memorials for Lauren and chronicle her growth as a young mother and cook. While the book’s organization holds meaning for Lauren, eager cooks will be hard pressed to find specific recipes without relying heavily on the index. This also perpetuates the notion that the book is strictly a vanity project, which happily is not the case. Instead, Lauren shares appetizing and worthwhile recipes that will serve readers well on both busy weekday nights and when entertaining guests. Highlights include roasted breast of veal stuffed with mushrooms and spinach, spring pea soup, cold poached salmon with dill sauce, and baked chicken with mushroom stuffing. Equally enticing are the snippets into the surprisingly unaffected everyday life of this famous family—e.g., a favorite meal of humble London broil, rationing out Nana’s rum-laced brownies, and the many family photos in the book. Intimate, fun, and full of tasty offerings, readers will adopt many of these recipes and make their own family memories. (June)
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"Intimate, fun, and full of tasty offerings, readers will adopt many of these recipes and make their own family memories." (Publishers Weekly, April 2012)

‘Perfectly captures the lifestyle of America’s most exclusive resort…combines tips and advice on the classic style, plus delicious recipes that offer a glimpse into the life of a well-loved family.’  (Essential Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Magazine, July 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118293270
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 219,191
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ricky Lauren is the wife of famed designer Ralph Lauren, and is an accomplished author, photographer, and artist. She is also a psychotherapist and holds a graduate degree from Columbia University's Teachers' College. Lauren has published three previous books: Ricky Lauren Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch, which was inspired by the Lauren family's ranch in Colorado, My Island, which explored Lauren's experiences in Jamaica, and Safari, a photographic essay of her travels across the African continent.

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Recipe

London Broil with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

One of the first meals that I mastered was London broil with baked potatoes and simple steamed vegetables. I made it for Ralph and the children because it was an easy, quick meal to prepare. It was a dinner they often requested, and it became a basic meal that I could count on in my gradually growing repertoire. As my confidence grew, I started to prepare it for weekend guests.

For the London broil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup red wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 to 2½ pounds flank steak or top round

For the creamy horseradish sauce
¼ cup prepared horseradish
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives

To make the London broil: To make the marinade, mix together all the ingredients except the meat. Place the meat in a shallow dish and cover with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but no more than 24 hours.

Remove the meat from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before cooking. Preheat a grill to high, oil the grate, and set it 5 to 6 inches above the coals. (Alternatively, preheat the broiler to high and set a rack 5 to 6 inches below the heat source.)

Remove the meat from the marinade (discard the marinade) and pat it dry with paper towels. Grill (or broil on a broiler pan) on each side for 6 minutes for rare or 7 to 9 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to a carving board and let stand for 8 to 10 minutes. Slice the meat at a 45-degree angle across the grain and serve with the horseradish sauce.

To make the creamy horseradish sauce: Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Serve in a ramekin beside the meat.

Serves 6

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Recommend ~ a lovely summer book.

    A balance of Hampton history, family anecdotes and interesting. Ricky Lauren had made the presentation personal: family photos, history, and charming watercolors. The recipes are well presented: great photos and well-written; again, a personal touch when describing each one. This book makes for a good read!

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