VAIL, COLO. - More than 100 recipes from nearly 100 master chefs and restaurants are revealed in the new travel cookbook "Ski Town Soups," authored by Jennie Iverson, of Vail, Colo.
Among the award-winning and acclaimed soups featured in the book is The Cottage Cafe's classic bowl of chili. Iverson will hold a book-signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at The Cottage Cafe.
The Cottage Cafe is owned by Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, at 77 Mirror Lake Drive in Lake Placid.
"Of course, Lake Placid was included in Ski Town Soups' top 60 world-class ski resorts, as it's a staple in the ski community and renowned for hosting extremely successful Olympic Games," said Iverson, a ski culture enthusiast. Iverson recently moved with her family from Afton, Minnesota, to Vail, Colo., to enjoy outdoor living in a mountain community.
"Lake Placid captures the travel-lifestyle aspect of the Ski Town Soups cookbook: beautiful surroundings in a mountain community paired with tasty restaurants."
In The Cottage Cafe, Ski Town Soups has selected a pub long known by ski publications as Lake Placid's apres ski spot, as well as the village's most popular stop among locals. The establishment is now debuting its' new menu.
"Ski Town Soups" is a 226-page photo-rich hardcover book celebrating the best soups from America's top ski towns, including pureed soups, chowders and bisques, stews and chilies, and hearty soups.
The book was developed by Iverson, a "ski mom" who combined her passion for soup, skiing, travel and the ski town lifestyle to create a must-have souvenir for skiers and food lovers alike. Her coffee table caliber cookbook is a keepsake for individuals looking for nutritional and tasty meals for the whole family, including young children.
Jennie is dedicating a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the book to the Sowing Seeds Program. This is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation's Youth Foundation. It works with schools to integrate gardening into their curriculums, thus incorporating fresh produce into the school cafeteria offerings. Ultimately, this connects children to the environment, fosters understanding of the origin of food, and teaches responsibility through stimulating hands-on activities, such as planting gardens.
"Ski Town Soups" is priced at $29.95 and is available for purchase at select gift shops and retail stores.