Wichita chefs share recipes, get personal in new book
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
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.