Food & Drinks from the Garden
By Valerie Rice
Foreword by Suzanne Goin

May 2021

Hardcover | $35
ISBN 978-1-945551-97-0
Ebook also available
ISBN 978-1-945551-98-7

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A California Dream of a Cookbook

Eat and drink what’s in season and you’ll never grow bored, your menus will be less complicated, and everything will taste better. That’s Valerie Rice’s motto, and it’s guided her to become an accomplished gardener, cook, and cocktail maker, three talents that—along with her charm and no-fuss style—have made her EatDrinkGarden Instagram and blog a hit. In Lush Life: Food & Drinks from the Garden, Valerie brings together her favorite seasonal recipes for entertaining, family meals, snacks, and so much more, including cocktail recipes and wine advice. Rigorously home tested and gorgeously photographed by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, Lush Life is a California dream of a cookbook that will inspire readers to grow their own, cook it fresh, and pour a luscious beverage.

About the Author

Valerie Rice was born and raised in Southern California, and the California lifestyle is apparent in all her endeavors. She is a serial entertainer, Master Gardener, passionate margarita maker, and a skilled home cook. Influenced by her extensive travels, love of gardening, and family heritage, Valerie authors a popular food and lifestyle blog,, where she divulges her best tips, recipes and entertaining recommendations on growing the lush life, one bite at a time) Valerie has been featured in many national and local magazines, including Sunset Magazine, House Beautiful, C Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, Flutter Magazine, and a guest on Access Hollywood Live and Hallmark’s Home & Family. Valerie has called Santa Barbara home for almost twenty years, and lives there with her husband, two daughters, a couple of Labradoodles, and a coop full of chickens.

Praise for Lush Life

“A charming take on California cuisine… This well-crafted cookbook serves as an excellent guide to living in tune with nature and the seasons.”
— Publishers Weekly