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La Posada chef readies cookbook

John Sharpe, chef/owner of the acclaimed Turquoise Room restaurant attached to the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Ariz., recently announced that the cookbook he’s been working on will be hitting bookstores next month.

The book launching will be at the historic La Posada at 3 p.m. Nov. 16. Please RSVP your intention to attend by e-mailing [email protected] by Friday; the event will be limited to the first 200 people. Those lucky few will receive free tastes of some of Sharpe’s dishes.

You can also place your order for the $40 book here. The first 1,000 orders will be signed, and Sharpe says customers should receive the book before Thanksgiving.

More about the book from Sharpe’s announcement:

It is a hardcover with a dust jacket, 9” x 12”, with full color photographs of the restaurant’s signature dishes and of the hotel. Recipes for more than 70 of your favorite dishes grace the book’s pages: the Signature Soup; the Corn Maiden; the Arizona Eggs; my Holiday Scotch Eggs; the Stuffed Squash Blossoms; Beef Machaca; Churro Lamb Posole; Green Chile Lamb; the Chocolate Soufflé; the Bread Pudding. They are all in there.

Included in the book is a history of the hotel, its restoration, the local food history, and information about the ingredients I use in my daily cooking. I have also included the stories of the Fred Harvey Company, the Santa Fe Railway, and how Patricia and I came to Winslow to build this restaurant where we could settle down and serve our guests a meal to remember.