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New RPO Cookbook Creates a Stir Among Music and Food Enthusiasts

April 10, 2008

For Sale April 21, “RPO Cooks!” to Benefit Orchestra’s Around the Town Concerts

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra steps off the stage and into the kitchen with the release of “RPO Cooks!” its new cookbook featuring 215 mouth-watering recipes from RPO musicians, conductors, guest artists, Rochester Philharmonic League members and RPO staff.  Inspired by the success of “Fan Fare” – the Orchestra’s first cookbook published in 1981 – “RPO Cooks!” introduces a variety of family favorites and original dishes, and reprises some of the most popular earlier recipes. 

For several years, a group of orchestra musicians had been contemplating a new, updated cookbook.  In 2006, they requested recipes from their colleagues to be featured at that year’s RPO Picnic, ultimately forming the basis of “RPO Cooks!”  Filled with recipes and photos of familiar RPO faces at memorable RPO tasting events, the cookbook tempts the palate with a wide variety of recipes both traditional and unique, including Christopher Seaman’s “Cullen Skink” (a.k.a. Traditional Scottish Creamy Smoked Haddock Soup), Chuck Mangione’s “Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup with Meatballs,” Jeff Tyzik’s “Cold Seafood Salad,” Pinchas Zukerman’s “Cranberry-Apple Pie” and Jon Nakamatsu’s must-try “Spam Wontons.”  The distinctive cover illustration by well-known local artist David Cowles captures colorful caricatures of the three RPO conductors – Christopher Seaman, Jeff Tyzik and Michael Butterman – replacing their batons with a potato masher, vegetable peeler and spatula. 

“RPO Cooks!” will go on sale Monday, April 21 at the RPO Box Office and at other locations, selling for $20 (10% discount for purchase of 10 or more).  It also will be available for sale at all RPO concerts after April 21 through the rest of this season.  Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the RPO’s free “Around the Town” series, which takes the RPO out of the concert hall and into various neighborhoods venues.

NOTE:  Digital photo of the cookbook cover and interviews with the RPO Cookbook committee are available.


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