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Cookbook Love Podcast

Jan 10, 2019

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I feature our first interview for 2019 with Laurie Bakke. Laurie lives in Hendersonville, NC, a city about 30 miles south of Ashville. It’s safe to say that Laurie’s life has been immersed in food, cooking, and cookbooks. Laurie’s mother, a self-taught cook with a garden, inspired Laurie’s career in fresh and flavorful cooking. After graduation from culinary school and a stent at Highland Lake Inn, where Laurie cooked from the inn’s organic garden, Laurie ventured into a world of fresh, seasonal cooking where she ran the show. Laurie opened her own cafe, Cafe Laurie, and then a  kitchen store and wine cellar, Sage Gourmet. As you will hear Laurie say in our interview, anyone can make food taste good with cream and butter, but in her cafe and the subsequent wine dinners at the shop, Laurie leaned on her love of from scratch cooking with, fresh seasonal ingredients, and her cookbook collection, to inform her menus, soups, salads, hot entrees, and desserts. In fact, when Laurie sold Cafe Laurie, she left some of her cookbooks behind for the next owners. Laurie has since self-published her own cookbook and tends to her cookbook collection of over 1000 cookbooks. Laurie loves cookbooks to keep up with cutting-edge ingredients and techniques, to plot her next cookbook club meeting for the Adventure Cooks, and or for her next cookbook writing project.

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