Food, for me, is all about sharing. Sharing ambience, flavours, ingredients, conversation, wine, laughter and of course, recipes.
When Mike and I owned Whitewater Ski Resort, I ran the Fresh Tracks Café and the skiers were constantly begging for the recipes. So with the prompting of my friend Lori McGinnis, I decided to accommodate their wishes and write a cookbook. I thought that after Whitewater Cooks, Pure, Simple and Real was published, my career as a cookbook author would be over. But out-of-town fans and Nelsonites thought differently and were again asking when the second book was coming. Thus was born the second book, Whitewater Cooks at Home.
However, over a great dinner last fall my wise daughter Ali and my very enthusiastic friend Margie reminded me of my mantra... “great recipes are meant to be shared!”. So the result of the dinner last fall with my daughter and friend, together with many hours with Marianne writing, testing and tweaking recipes has resulted in Whitewater Cooks with Friends.
What this collection of books demonstrates is that cooking great meals doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated and you don’t need to be a trained chef to make fabulous, healthy and delicious food. These recipes can be prepared with ingredients most of us stock in our fridges and cupboards and can be made in a short amount of time if you have done a little bit of planning and prep beforehand.
When I started Fresh Tracks Café at Whitewater Ski Resort, I had no idea that it would lead to three cookbooks. I have loved creating these books and hope that you get as much joy from these recipes as my friends and I do. For me cooking is a way of life and celebrating my belief that every day is a BONUS!