Book Launch Eats Its Own, Fabulously

Now, that was a book launch! A stack of cookbooks with a charming illustrated cover — along with matching wrapping paper and bookplates — greeted invited guests at a classic Q Street home, filled with assertive black-and-white modern art. Succulent samples of some of the book’s recipes were served for lunch. 

“Georgetown Cooks” – the Georgetown community cook book put together over the past year by Elizabeth Hague, Carrington Tarr and Elizabeth Miller, a Georgetown Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner – was launched Nov. 19 at a luncheon at Miller’s home. The launch lunch was held in honor of the some 150 Georgetowners, who contributed recipes, as well as the sponsor of the book, philanthropist and real estate agent Nancy Taylor Bubes. LouLou Baker designed the cover art.

Self-written recipes, instructions and tips, often along with a short story of family memories attached to the dish, fill the more than 160 pages of tried and true cocktails, small bites and starters, soups and stews, salad, vegetables and sides, sauces, seafoods, pasta, meat, breads and desserts.  They include entries, such as Christi Cline’s “One Pot Wonder,” Carol Joynt’s “Howard’s Eggnog,” Jennifer Romm’s “Sformato di Spinaci,” Lorraine Cole’s “Stuffed Peaches with Amaretto” and Tom Birch’s “Wine Jello.”

All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook to be donated to Ewing’s sarcoma research at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

A community-wide book party for  “Georgetown Cooks” will be held Dec. 11 at the Sid and Ann Mashburn shop on N Street. Books are also available for purchase at or by emailing Elizabeth Miller at


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