"Lauren DeSantis, host of the nationally televised show Capital Cooking and author of a well-recognized DC-area blog, recently released her own softcover volume, titled “Capital Cooking Cookbook” ($29.99 on Amazon or save 15% until Fathers’ Day by using discount code UGUKMJF7 here). The cookbook includes over 90 recipes from some of the DC-area’s favorite chefs as well as simple but delicious recipes for home cooking. Many of the featured chefs/restaurants dished up samples of their recipes at the cookbook’s recent launch party and book signing, including Pork Barrel BBQ’s succulent Oven-Smoked Pulled Pork (p. 66) and Embassy of Panama chef Ana Victoria Mas’s light and refreshing Shrimp and Fish Cerviche with Pixbae (p. 43).
Lawyer by day, TV host and cooking instructor by night (okay, maybe weekends), Lauren epitomizes the dual-hatted nature of many of us who cover the DC dining/food scene. You can catch Lauren’s show “Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis” on Comcast Channel 95 and RCN Channel 10 in DC, Cox Cable Channel 10 in Fairfax/ HCTV in Herndon, Access Montgomery TV 19 and 21 in Maryland, Dish Network Channels 9407 and 9396, and on a variety of local cable carriers, including Time Warner, Comcast, Insight, and NCTC. Capital Cooking airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. or online. Lauren also will be doing a cooking demo on Saturday at this weekend's Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival."