Name: Darsey Mitchell
Residence: Hilton Head Island
Book: "Millie LaRue & Mummy: Cooking with Friends"
Printed by: Wimmer Cookbooks
Where to buy: www.millielarue.net
First sentence: "The one constant thing that brought this book together was the love that people, all over the world, have for their pets."
Story behind the cookbook: I love to cook and I love animals, so I wanted to think of a way to bring these two things together. Over the past few years I have become involved with a few doggie rescue organizations, so I wrote this book and donate part of the proceeds from each sale to these groups.
How did you collect all the recipes? My little Yorkie, Millie LaRue, has her own Facebook page with thousands of friends from all over the world, so with her help, we asked all her friends to send in their favorite human and pet recipes.
Tell us more about Millie LaRue: Millie is a 7-year-old, 5-pound Yorkshire terrier who thinks she is a human. Millie has done a little modeling for a few dog clothing designers -- she has more clothes than me. She has traveled to many places with me, even to Paris. We actually have five little Yorkies, but it is Millie who keeps everyone in line. She is definitely the alpha dog in the house.
What is Millie's favorite thing to eat? I cook for all of our dogs. There are several tasty homemade doggie recipes in the cookbook that you can try for your own dog. There are seven chapters of human recipes and one chapter dedicated to doggie fare. It really isn't that much trouble. I just make up a huge pot of food and freeze it in small portions, and I serve the homemade "toppers" over a very small amount of a high-quality kibble. There is even a recipe for a homemade kibble in the cookbook.
Earliest cooking memory: I didn't start cooking until I got married. My mother never really cooked, so I just had to teach myself.
Favorite cookbooks: I love Paula Deen and Rachael Ray. They both make real food that is easy to make but turns out looking so elegant. Of course, I love Paula since she's from the South, and her food is good Southern cooking. Nothing beats Southern comfort food.
What's next? I am getting ready to write a book about Millie's adventures in the doggie world. It will be written in her voice and from her perspective. It will be very interesting, to say the least.
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