Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2012

25 years ago: Local ‘cooking hobbyists’ produce cookbook

December 13, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 13, 1987:

Frank Carey and Jayni Naas were featured in an article today as two local "cooking hobbyists" who were producing their own cookbook to be available by Christmas. The soft-cover, spiral-bound cookbook, "The Easier You Make It The Better It Tastes," was "aimed at working couples and people who like to have food with a sense of integrity," Carey said. Carey, a graphic designer, had been cooking as a hobby since college, while Naas, a local hair stylist, had been inspired to take up cooking after traveling to France. Having managed to put the book together in time for this year's holiday season, the two were now collaborating on another, more specialized title. "It's an onion cookbook, the forgotten vegetable," Carey explained. "The working title is 'One Damn Onion.' In all of the recipes the main ingredient will be an onion."


Sarah St. John 5 years ago

I see from its Amazon listing that it was reissued by BH&G in '94. I wonder how many copies of the original 1987 printing are still tucked away in Lawrence kitchens? I still have my original copy of the Carey/Naas "Kansas Cookbook," which is still one of my favorites. Not a dud in the whole book, absolutely delicious stuff, and great Kansas history tidbits.

And I enjoy Jayni's cooking show! :-)

Did that onion cookbook ever come out, I wonder?

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