Wi­chita chefs share recipes, get per­sonal in new book

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Arts & Culture - BY DENISE NEIL

Pre­pare to cook like a Wi­chita chef for the hol­i­days.

Jenny My­ers, a lo­cal por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher, has just re­leased her lat­est cook­book fea­tur­ing gor­geous pho­tos of some of Wi­chita’s best-known chefs at work — plus some of their fa­vorite recipes.

Called “Cook ICT Vol­ume 2,” the book should is avail­able in lo­cal stores and restau­rants as well as on­line.

The new book in­cludes sev­eral chefs My­ers fea­tured in the first vol­ume re­leased in 2016, in­clud­ing Kelly Rae Lef­fel from Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and Bobby Lane from Ch­ester’s Chop­house. But it also has sev­eral new par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Katharine El­der from Elder­slie Farm, who shared the recipe for her pop­u­lar black­berry scones.

“The first one was just re­ceived so well,” My­ers said. “I think peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated it. There were chefs ask­ing me if I would do it again, chefs say­ing, ‘Hey, I want to be in this.’”

Among the restau­rants fea­tured in the new book: District Ta­que­ria, Lit­tle Saigon, De­lano BBQ , Zay­tun, Doo-Dah Diner, Espresso to Go Go, Home­Grown, Med­dys, The Kitchen, Lit­tle Lion, Beau­ti­ful Day Cafe and Al­bero Cafe.

In ad­di­tion to new chefs and all-new recipes, My­ers also took her sec­ond book in a cou­ple of

new di­rec­tions.

For one, in­stead of fo­cus­ing just on restau­rant chefs, she also in­cluded Wi­chi­tans who are in­flu­enc­ing Wi­chita restau­rant kitchens. Jimmy Vo, owner of Kan-Grow Hy­dro Farms, which pro­vides veg­eta­bles and green­ery to many restau­rants, and Me­gan Green­way of

Orie’s Farm Fresh, a lo­cal gar­lic grower, are both fea­tured in the book.

My­ers said she also got more in-depth with each chef. In­stead of just in­tro­duc­ing them with lit­tle blurbs, she con­ducted full ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sions with the chefs, per­suad­ing them to re­veal what they’d eat for their last meals and what their food aver­sions are.

The book costs $26, and is avail­able at places like Water­mark Books, The Work­room, Doo-Dah Diner, Molino’s, Beau­ti­ful Day Cafe, Yoko­hama Ra­men Joint and Elder­slie Farm. Peo­ple also can or­der it on­line through My­ers’ web­site, www.jen­nymy­er­sphoto .com/coo­kict, and she sug­gests us­ing the coupon code ILOVEICT.

Oh — be sure to read very care­fully the book’s for­ward, which was writ­ten by yours truly.

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