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"A charming take on California cuisine... This well-crafted cookbook serves as an excellent guide to living in tune with nature and the seasons."
“Reading Lush Life, I was transported out of my hot, humid home in New Orleans back to Valerie’s sunny and lush California backyard. The recipes and photos explode with vibrant colors and images that make me long for Val’s focused and rich California cooking. Lush Life truly captures all that makes this cuisine so unique and beautiful.”
―Donald Link, James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Restauranteur, and Author of Real Cajun and Down South
“Everything Valerie Rice touches, grows, and cooks exudes natural beauty, elegance, and soul. If ever there were someone’s home, garden, kitchen (and life!) I would dream of occupying, it would be hers. Lush Life gets you deliciously from seed to table, and just a step closer to living and eating as beautifully as Val does.”
―Caroline Styne, James Beard Award-Winning Wine Director and Restauranteur, The Lucques Group
Such beautiful imagery coupled with great advice and witty thoughts about both cooking and gardening. And it's approachable - I've made 7 of the recipes already and not only are they delicious but they aren't fussy or intimidating - just the right about of aspirational. My new favorite cookbook!
The cookbook every kitchen needs!! A great farm to table style cookbook that teaches concepts from the garden based on seasonal freshness. Pictures of Valerie’s home and garden are dreamy and inspiring and her dishes are perfectly presented. I have been trying to eat a more seasonal and Mediterranean style cuisine and this cookbook is perfect!
LUSH LIFE is my new go-to cookbook for delicious, fresh, and easy to make recipes that everyone in my family loves. I'm cooking my way through the book and finding great new ways to use up all the veggies in my fridge. This is a cookbook that I will use for a long time and it's definitely a gift I'll be giving to all my friends who love yummy, reliable recipes!
My kind of cook book! Easy to follow recipes, accessible ingredients and inspiring!! I want to cook everything in here. Love all the gardening suggestions too! I made her coconut cake for my friend's birthday and it's hands down the best cake I've ever made. Was a huge hit with all the guests.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Valerie Rice was born and raised in Southern California, and the California lifestyle is apparent in all her endeavors. A serial entertainer, master gardener, passionate margarita maker, and skilled home cook, Valerie shares her passions on her popular food and lifestyle site, eatdrinkgarden.com, as well as on her EatDrinkGarden Instagram account. Valerie has been featured in Sunset, House Beautiful, C Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Flutter and has appeared on Access Hollywood Live and Hallmark’s Home & Family. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, two daughters, a couple of labradoodles, and a coop full of chickens.