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Flavors of Spokane fill new cookbook

Wed., Nov. 30, 2011, midnight

The flavors of Spokane and the region are featured in a new cookbook due out in time for holiday gift giving.

“Signature Tastes of Spokane: Favorite Recipes from Our Local Kitchens” is available online at and and will be in local stores soon.

Co-authors Steven Siler and Nicole Manganaro are calling the book a “culinary postcard” from Spokane and the surrounding area. It features more than 100 recipes from locally owned restaurants, chefs, caterers, farms, markets, wineries and bakeries. There are also recipes from prominent local residents, including Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, novelist Jess Walter and Mike Gonzalez, of KXLY News and the Hispanic Food Network.

Each recipe is featured on a full page with details about the business or person who shared it, and black and white photographs.

Siler is a chef and firefighter in Bellingham, and Manganaro is an editor and photographer based in Spokane. Siler and Smoke Alarm Media have also published “Signature Tastes” cookbooks for Bellingham, Boise, Idaho and Charlotte, N.C. “Signature Tastes of Spokane” will be followed by “Signature Tastes of Seattle” in January.

Part of the proceeds from the book, which sells for $22, will be donated to local charities. More details about the book are available on the “Signature Tastes of Spokane” Facebook page. Look inside today’s Food section for a sample recipe from the book.

Mix it up with Molly

The Northeast Community Center hopes to raise money for its programs with a whimsical new book.

“Molly the Marmot Mixes it Up! A Cookbook/Storybook for the Young and Young at Heart,” follows the adventures of an unlikely but globe-trotting chef in search of the perfect recipe.

Tracy Swank, assistant director of the community center says, “Molly travels the world trying to find recipes and runs into people in Canada, Russia, Africa and Australia.”

The book is also sprinkled with stories about Molly’s travels, friends and family. The recipes were gathered from friends and employees of the center.

Purchase the book at the community center, 4001 N. Cook St., and the introductory price is $15. “Molly the Marmot” can be purchased for $20 at two Hastings bookstores, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave., and 15312 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley, and The Book Parlor, 1425 W. Broadway Ave.

For more details, visit Molly the Marmot’s Facebook page or reach Molly’s handlers at Northeast Community Center at (509) 487-1603.

Look inside today’s Food section for a sample recipe.


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