From Catwalk to Kitchen

When she’s not busy designing dreamy wedding gowns, Monique Lhuillier makes a marvelous paella.
Tory Burch is famous for her gazpacho, while Derek Lam swears by yellowtail crudo.
You’ll find all this and more inside the American Fashion Cookbook, a collection of recipes from top designers.
I’ll admit the concept is a little suspicious. How many fashion luminaries actually eat, let alone cook? But never mind the particulars. This appealing cookbook is a feast for the eyes, full of lively illustrations, fun recipes, and charming personal anecdotes.
I believe, for instance, that Zac Posen adores his great-grandma Jeannie’s butterscotch wafers. I don’t doubt for a second that Peter Som makes a tasty minestrone soup.
And I can tell you from personal experience that Cynthia Rowley’s truffle mac and cheese is outrageous.
Not every designer is quite so decadent. I couldn’t help but giggle at Donna Karan, whose recipe for green juice is clearly geared to people who don’t eat.
Still, I’d recommend this cookbook to anyone who loves cooking and couture. Plus it makes a fabulous gift!
To herald the coming of spring, here’s a cocktail contribution from Lilly Pulitzer herself.
Key Lime Mojitos
  • 2 1/2 cups light rum
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (half from key limes if they are available)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 3/4 cups club soda
  • 10 large sprigs fresh mint (about 4 to 6 leaves each)
  • crushed ice

Stir rum, lime juice and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Add club soda and stir gently. Divide mint among 10 glasses. Using the back of a spoon, crush mint sprigs in glasses. Add crushed ice to glasses. Pour mojito mixture over mint and ice, dividing equally among glasses. Drink immediately.

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