Conference and Events Planner
Washington, D. C.
Her favorite cookbook:
How to Cook Without a Book
Recipes and Techniques Every Cook
Should Know by Heart
by Pamela Anderson
Keeper Jarvis-Miller as a career books cookbook authors and star chefs, those
who might be considered the flavor of the year for their flash demonstrations
on morning television shows. She once booked Pamela Anderson (no, not
THAT Pamela) for a cooking demo at the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden
Show. Of course, back stage they talked food and cooking.
Author Anderson has the rep for this book. She was executive editor of Cook's
magazine, a slick high tone production. She authored The Perfect Recipe.
All that and she wants to teach Americans a new way to cook without having
to rely on recipes. She grew up watching her parents and grandparents make
meals simply by using ingredients on hand. They cooked from the larder and
cabinets with what was there, using techniques they knew.
This Pamela story is a movie waiting to be made. The simple plot: The kitchen
setting with trial and overcooking through the ages until everything is on the table.
No crime. No sex, No hunger. No reality of gobbling grubs and bark. No love
interests beyond "simple stir-frys, weekend ravioli and lasagna." Ms. Pamela
wrote that line. Jarvis-Miller could write a movie script with this book.
Ms. Jarvis-Miller's profession requires her to travel. A lot of movement about the
country. She long ago found a way to find a comfort level on airplanes, airports,
hotels, even between coast-to-coast jaunts. While most hurried travelers relate
an airport to the food concessions, she mentally idents a specific airport by the
book store ...or news stand that has a book rack. She calls it a hobby. Her home
cookbook shelf is loaded, now with a near-count of 80, with volumes that mentally
identify the city in which she was there as a conference planner. To keep her
sanity, her solution, "...so the next time you want to escape your cell phone, e-mail,
and computers or simply escape, grab a cookbook and take a journey..."
If she had book plates for each purchase, they would read...LAX, ORD, CMH, JFK,
MIA, TUS...and runways in between.
Second Keeper choice:
The Loews Hotels Family Cookbook
A Collection of Favorite Recipes by the Chefs of Loews Hotels
Edited by Pat Brown
Her kickoff: This is the cookbook that got me stated picking up cookbooks as a
hobby. It contains recipes from executive chefs of the Loews properties - from
New York to San Diego, from Canada to Florida and states in between. I bought
it because a portion of the proceeds go to Share Our Strength - one of the
nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations.
The recipes contained within the 88 pages range from the simplest dishes such
as peach and blueberry crisp from Executive Chef Jed Miles Gidaly with the
Regency Hotel in New York City to Loews Giorgio Hotel's top chef Tim Fields.
His creation: Espresso chocolate torte.
Her Very Personal Keeper, a Collection:
The Gourmet Galaxy Collection
Editions Published Annually, 1990s
The Gourmet Galaxy Collection, a set of cookbooks with recipes
prepared and demonstrated by leading chefs in Columbus, Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch produced the Home & Garden Show
annually running for nine days. Ms. Jarvis-Miller was the
events planner for the Dispatch. She knew and worked with
each of the 40 chefs selected for tastings and demonsrations.
Additionally, she had dined in each of their restaurants.