From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars
By Julie Loria
(Lyons Press, Hardcover, 9780762769629, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
Twenty top Major League Baseball players share stories about life off the field and their favorite foodswith nearly 100 full-color photos and more than 60 easy-to-make recipes
Baseball and food are two of life’s uncomplicated pleasures, stirring up sizzling passion across all generations. Now, for the first time, baseball fans and food lovers get a behind-the-scenes look into the kitchens of twenty of their favorite Major League All Stars. Author Julie Loria shares their stories, from memorable meals growing up, to their current fitness routines, food rituals, and guilty food pleasures. And within these pages you will even discover quite a few amusing anecdotes about life beyond the diamond, and so much more.
And, oh what great food! America’s favorite game not only brings together people from around the world but also blends a wonderful variety of cuisinesincluding classic dishes native to all corners of the United States and spicy Latin American fare. Julie recreates and collects the down-home family recipes, favorite authentic meals, and top dishes from on-the-road eateries of today’s top playersfrom Derek Jeter’s buttermilk pancakes and Dustin Pedroia’s pasta primavera to Albert Pujols’ Home Run Chicken and Ryan Howard’s macaroni and cheese.
An official Major League Baseball publication, Diamond Dishes is more than a cookbook. It’s a singular and scrumptious backstage look at ballplayers flexing their culinary muscles and discussing the roles of family, friends, and food in their lives. With exclusive, full-color photos of Major League stars at home and in their kitchens, and more than sixty easy-to-prepare recipes, this book is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas that penetrate the hearts and souls of the players and their fans alike.
Players featured in the book include:
Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Johan Santana, New York Mets
Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
David Wright, New York Mets
Behind the Scenes: Players During the Photo Shoots
Martha Stewart Television
Local NBC Miami News
Julie Loria ranks cooking and baseball high on the list of her lifelong passions. After a career as a marketing and advertising executive, she moved to Paris to pursue a career in the fine arts. While living in Europe she continued to enhance her culinary interests.