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Since the 1960s, baseball teams and players have been publishing cookbooks. I collect them and try out some of the recipes that major leaguers have shared with their fans over the years. Photos, recipes and comments included.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bookshelf - "Home Plate Cookbook" (1998) by Gary Saunders

142 pp. in plastic binder-style binding

77 recipes from various baseball players, managers, owners, broadcasters, announcers and more

Here's an interesting find.  It's a collection of recipes from across the spectrum of baseball.  Hall of Fame players, managers and owners, broadcasters and announcers, and other personalities of the game.

At the time he published this cookbook, Gary Saunders had worked in a variety of roles in minor league baseball, from director of ticketing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to general manager in Meridian, Mississippi.  

Gary provided his own family recipe for peanut soup.  Among the other recipes are submissions from legends like Wade Boggs, Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Tim Salmon and Bobby Valentine.

White Sox fans will find a bunch of recipes from palehose players:

- Moe Drabowsky's Mexican Potatoes

- Don Kessinger's Chicken Ravioli

- Greg Luzinski's "Bull" Brownies

- Hal Trosky's Bacon and Egg Lasagne

I made a bunch of the above recipes with decent results.  Click the links to see the results.

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