ShawnKeeton has this to say about Keeton in the Kitchen: A Celebration of Family, Friends and Food
It’sdifferent from most cookbooks because it is a book that you wouldjust sit and read, and it happens to have recipes in it. It evolvedinto something totally different than I expected.
Itis full of stories from growing up in the Carrollton area. Therecipes are based around this area and are made with ingredients thatcan be found locally.
ShawnKeeton’s life has been a ‘Culinary Expedition.’ … His love ofcooking was conceived as a child when he watched his mother andgrandmothers cook comfort food, which has had a major effect on hisrecipes and cooking style throughout his life.
Keeton’scookbook is not your normal cookbook. The book does not just includerecipes, but also tells of Keeton’s culinary expedition. ~ KristenSnyder, The News Democrat
Wayback in the days when kids played outside all day and the parentsdidn’t worry, we were in a different time, not only in our familylives, but food-wise as well. Restaurants were rarely ate at withmost families preferring to cook and eat at home. Home cooking, so tospeak, is what Shawn grew up eating and is the basis for most of hiscooking today. Shawn can fondly remember the days of fried chicken,pinto beans, cornbread and kale greens steaming in bowls on thetable. There were always angel food and cheese cakes around for theafter dinner treats. Growing up in Kentucky gave Shawn anappreciation for the great bounty of foods that we have available tous.
Asa child, Shawn found himself to be a serious eater. Many times whenanswering the question of how he got to where he is today, Shawngives the simple but true answer, “I had to learn to cook because Iloved to eat.” That statement defines Shawn’s culinary journey.Shawn has always been driven to cook, to explore the limits of foodand the preparations that make food such a part of daily life.Growing up on a farm, Shawn came to appreciate the work involved inmaking a Sunday dinner, canning vegetables and feeding a crew ofpeople.
Sincethe mid-90’s when Shawn’s wife and he graduated from theUniversity of Louisville, and were married, they have lived on a farmin Trimble County and grown many of their own vegetables, herbs andfruits. Since his first job in the restaurant industry over 25 yearsago, Shawn has worked in many different restaurant positions,including fast food and up scale dining as well as working in salesand owning his own business. This love of cooking is what drove Shawnto start Keeton in the Kitchen.
KristenSnyder of The News Democrat states, “Shawn Keeton’s life has beena ‘Culinary Expedition.’ Keeton’s website also has weekly tips,recipes and any updates about the various projects Keeton is involvedin.” What began as a website to provide tips and ideas for friendsmorphed into a blog, and many other online endeavors as well asKeeton in the Kitchen television.
Keetonin the Kitchen television is a look into Shawn’s kitchen; a chanceto see how Shawn prepares and serves his dishes in both an indoor andoutdoor setting. The cooking show has allowed Shawn to grow in hiscooking and presentation style and represents the next chapter in hiscooking journey through the teaching of cooking classes. Shawn beganteaching cooking classes as a way to give back to all of those whohave supported him through his cooking endeavors.
“He’sa very funny guy. He’s so creative and energetic when he does thecooking program. He’s great with people and with cooking,” saysMandy Parker. The classes have been taught in a variety of settingsto a multitude of diverse groups ranging from annual retreats towomen’s groups. Shawn also features a variety of seminars withtopics ranging from knife skills to getting picky children to eatbetter. Shawn continues to grow his repertoire of cooking andpresenting skills as well as spreading the word of Keeton in theKitchen television.
Shawncontinues to work on Keeton in the Kitchen television with a plannedrelease of Thanksgiving 2010. Additionally Shawn can be foundteaching cooking classes as well as blogging on his website,www.keetoninthekitchen.com. Shawn can also be found on his Facebooksite, Keeton in the Kitchen, as well as on other types of digitalmedia such as MySpace and can be contacted online firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You’llhave to cook two to three meals a day for the rest of your life,”Keeton says. “You might as well enjoy it.”
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