Books That Cook

Members of the Houston Astros Wives Organization know that peanuts and Cracker Jacks are likely to strike out at the dinner table, so they've put together a playbook for cooking called From Home Plate to Your Plate! Even if you're prone to major-league errors, you'll be batting one thousand with this all-star collection of recipes.

Learn fun facts about the Astros' eating habits, including their favorite holiday and childhood meals and their preferred restaurants at home and on the road. Did you know that catcher Brad Ausmus favors P.F. Chang's China Bistro or that owner Drayton McLane Jr. dislikes fried chicken? Had you heard that pitcher Octavio Dotel prepares fried plantains himself or that infielder Adam Everett eats hot dogs and fries as a midnight snack? If these facts strike you as interesting, you're in for a trivia treat.

As for the actual cooking, there are mounds of recipes to make your meal a multicourse hit. Begin with appetizers like infielder Jeff Kent's stuffed jalapenos. Then turn your feast into a double play with pitcher Roy Oswalt's baked chimichangas and mascot Junction Jack's caramelized carrots. Finally, round out the meal with a home-run dessert like outfielder Lance Berkman's banana pudding. Don't be a spectator in the kitchen anymore—it's time to step up to the plate.

Proceeds benefit the Uterine Cancer Research Program at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.

 

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