“El Dorado Hills Cookbook”A compilation, community-based cookbook project by Balanced Rock Press

This cookbook will be a compilation cookbook of recipes submitted by the residents and business owners  of El Dorado Hills, CA.

El Dorado Hills is a beautiful community nestled in the Sierra foothills of California where residents enjoy a vast array of recreational activities and a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

Ten percent of all sales of the El Dorado Hills Cookbook  will be donated to the Grace Foundation of Northern California.

The Grace Foundation is an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility located in El Dorado Hills, CA. They provide critical care and rehabilitation for abused and neglected horses and utilize the rescued horses for equine assisted learning and therapeutic programs for youth and children.

Their purpose is to protect, care for, and heal these important groups – children and abused/neglected animals.

Balanced Rock Press, founded and based in El Dorado Hills has determined the Grace Foundation of Northern California, a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit organization,  to be worthy and needing of support. In our small way, we hope to raise awareness, promote participation and  to help the Grace Foundation  continue the wonderful and much-needed  service they provide each and every day. To learn more about the Grace Foundation of Northern California, visit their site.

For more information about getting  involved with the El Dorado Hills Cookbook project,  submiting  a recipe, or becoming a sponsor for the El Dorado Hills Cookbook project, visit the El Dorado Hills Cookbook site. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

“Brooklyn Babe Sizzlin’ in the Kitchen” by Deirdre Mercedes

This very exciting cookbook is a product of author Deirdre Mercedes’ childhood. Growing up in Brooklyn, Deirdre had the pleasure of enjoying many cuisines. However, her favorites have always been Italian and West Indian dishes as only transplanted Italians and  Islanders can create them.

She wanted to make these recipes as simple as possible without compromising flavor and imagination. Most of the ingredients can be found in your local supermarket and you won’t need to purchase or borrow any extravagant equipment. Here are some tips to get you sizzlin’…

  • Deirdre loves garlic, rosemary and ginger …but mostly garlic. Most recipes have lots of garlic!
  • Sharpen your knives because most herbs and all vegetables are fresh.
  • It’s been about 15 years or so since she started to cut red meat out of her diet. Therefore, you won’t find any in this book. For that matter, you won’t find any of the “other white meat” dishes in the book either.
  • You’ll undoubtedly recognize the Italian influence in many of her recipes. Deirdre fell in love with Italian food when she was just a little tyke.
  • There’s a West Indian flare to some of the recipes as well – Many people in her life provided her with a taste of the islands and she has faith that this gift will remain in her heart and soul forever.
  • Did we mention that usage of a lot of garlic? There is never, ever, ever-ever-ever, too much garlic!

We’re sure that you’ll enjoy the recipes and the stories behind them. Look for Brooklyn Babe Sizzlin’ in the Kitchen in 2011!

To learn more about Deirdre and the “Brooklyn Babe,” visit her site

The Rose Cookbook – a Treasury of Rose Recipes from Around the World, by Laura Denktash

Fall in love in the kitchen while learning to create sweet and savory dishes with the world’s most beloved flower—the rose.  The Rose Cookbook will transport readers to a place where rose petals meet their botanical relatives in a lively collection of recipes that are sure to be the hit of any celebration.  Rose petals breathe new fun and sophistication into tea parties, add romance to dinners, and lend a touch of bed and breakfast charm to Sunday morning brunches!

With 300+ rose recipes from all over the world, The Rose Cookbook is steeped in history and anecdotes, offering cooks of all levels an opportunity to use roses in the kitchen in a fun, exciting, and new way.  Always elegant, The Rose Cookbook will inspire and entertain readers—cooks and gardeners alike.

With an expanded section devoted to tea time and entertaining, women and men of all ages will enjoy creating recipes that will surprise and impress party guests, making even the smallest gathering, a memorable occasion!  The recipes in The Rose Cookbook can be enjoyed at anytime, and will be equally pleasurable at special occasions, full-blown parties, meals with family, or with a simple cup of tea, enjoyed in peace and solitude.

Readers will learn that botanically, the rose has some health-giving family members including apples, peaches, plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and almonds.  The author has taken a natural and intuitive approach to combining rose petals and rose flavorings with these fruits in many of the dessert and main course recipes.  The end results will show that these related ingredients compliment each other, bringing food and flowers to the table in a creative and beautiful way.

The Rose Cookbook will delight everyone with its wide variety of tantalizing main dishes, sumptuous desserts, elegant tea sandwiches, jams, sauces, beverages and beauty recipes, along with some interesting rose history, anecdotes and quotations.  Cooking with roses is fun, and garnishing a dish with rose petals brings joy to the cook, captivates guests, and fascinates children!

Originally self-published in 2007, The Rose Cookbook second edition will be re-released by Balanced Rock Press in the fall of 2011. The new edition will include color photos.

The Mediterranean Goddess Cookbook, by Laura Denktash

Take a journey back in time to the days of the mythological goddesses of the beautiful and historic Mediterranean region. Explore the ancient and symbolic foods that represent the various goddesses. This book promises to be full of delicious recipes that are healthful and simple to prepare. Explore Italy from the perspective of the goddess Athena.

Travel to Cyprus, to Aphrodite’s rock , the legendary place where Aphrodite is said to have set foot onto the shores of the beach. Discover Egypt through the eyes of Isis. Sail the beautiful turquoise seas to Crete and Rhodes. Discover some lesser known mythological goddesses in Greece and Turkey.

Cooking with the foods of the region, you will explore simple but ancient recipes that remain timeless. We will ask, what would Athena eat?

We will also explore how to set the table for each of the goddesses using color, and symbology. If you love Mediterranean food, this book will present it to you with a new and exciting twist!

Available in the Fall of 2015.