Washington, DC is a foodie’s paradise. Not only do we have some of the best chefs in the nation, but with all the imports from across the country and internationally, Washingtonians are spoiled with choices when it comes to cuisine. While there are many restaurant chef/owners that have their own cookbooks, the best are those that look at the area and what it has to offer.
“Capital Cooking Cookbook”
By Lauren DeSantis, Kevin Morris and Emily Clack
Created by the TV icon Lauren DeSantis, “Capital Cooking Cookbook” is a collection of recipes from the nation’s capital. Like DC, this is a collection of imports from around the country, as well as international dishes. Written as a journey of DeSantis’ own culinary adventure, it’s a testament to the Washingtonian attitude that it doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you can eat and cook well too. But the best part is that the recipes are easy to follow in a fun and funny way.
Buy it at:
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Located north of Van Ness on Connecticut Avenue, this large, community-focused bookstore is the perfect place to find the book you want. Not only does it have a great selection, but there are also 25 book clubs that you can join with interests ranging from general and daytime to travel and public affairs.
“The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake”
By Katherine Kallinis and Shophie Kallinis LaMontagne
The sisters that began the cupcake craze in DC have written their own cookbook letting Washingtonians know their super secret recipes in this tell-all memoir. The story focuses on the duo’s foray into cupcakes, but includes over 30 recipes as well. Washington residents have been watching the TLC series “DC Cupcakes,” and the Kallinis sisters have been selling as many as 10,000 cupcakes per day. Their flagship Georgetown Cupcake storefront is most well known for its long line of salivating patrons waiting outside to get in and taste one of the decadent cupcakes. Try your own hand at these DC sweets with recipes for home cooking.
Buy it at:
713 D St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Hill’s Kitchen is the Capitol Hill stop for any and all kitchen-related goods. Local owner Leah Daniels opened Hill Kitchen in May 2008 in the Eastern Market area. She created an independent gourmet kitchenware store that offers fun cookie cutters, stovetop ware, bakeware, knives, gourmet foods and even cooking classes.
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“Washington DC Celebrated Chefs Cookbook”
As part of a unique dining program that donates 5% of your check to the local cause of your choice, the “Celebrate Chefs Cookbook” takes a recipe from well-known participating DC restaurants like 1789, Vermillion, Sushi-Ko, Poste Moderne Brasserie, Cava Mezze, The Caucus Room, Cedar, Hank’s Oyster Bar and many more. The cookbook is $25 to registered Celebrated Chefs’ members. Becoming a member is easy. All you have to do is visit celebratedchefs.com and click on the enroll button. The account is associated with your credit card so that every time you use that card at participating DC restaurants, 5% of the check will be donated to the charity that you specify. Once you’ve signed up, call (425) 452-5700 x 10 to have the cookbook shipped to your home.
While you wait for your online shipment, peruse cookbooks at:
Kramerbooks & Afterwords: Bookstore and Cafe
1517 Connecticut Ave NW
Always packed and always fun, this Dupont Circle bookstore is best known for being a great café, bar and restaurant. Being open all night on Friday and Saturday makes Kramers a go-to for a late-night meal, drink or interesting read. Although the space is your typical Dupont-row house, it manages to pack as many books into the space as possible. It has a great selection of cookbooks and employees are happy to help you find the book you’re looking for.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamies traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.